The Power Drive
Think you’re ready to rip it? Think again
hen guys in particular want some extra distances, they usually stand further from the ball and really stretch out their arms.They feel more powerful in this extended position. But the reality is, they end up producing less swing speed and hitting a weak drive to the right. Let me explain.
The problem with extending your arms is, you get more bent over, and your weight moves out to your toes (above, left).When you swing from there, gravity pulls you out even further, so you react by pulling up to save your balance.That causes the clubhead to swing across the line from
WButch Harmon, out to in.You might hit a strong pull, but chance are, you’re going to wipe across the ball and send it slicing.A better approach if you want more distance is to set up to hit a draw. Start with your arms relaxed and hanging comfortably from your shoulders, then take a closed stance, with your feet, hips and shoulders aimed to the right of your target (above, right).Then try to swing out to the right and hit the inside part of the ball. Think of it like a big, sweeping forehand in tennis.You’ll sling the club through and rotate your right arm over your left.That’s a draw – and that’s real power.