Creating Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

Create More Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

I receive tons of comments on creating lag or angular acceleration in the golf swing.  Golfers perceive that they can create additional club head speed in their golf swing and they might be right, but not always.  Either way, I am writing this entry to explain how to create more club head speed in your golf swing and create additional lag in your down swing.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I produced a video below that explains everything as well as provide two drills that will help you create more club head speed in your golf swing.  The secret, if there is one, is the shoulders or shoulder tilt at impact which is created by giving the arms a head start on the down swing.  I like the way Nicklaus describes it. Not an exact quote but close. Nicklaus said, I feel like I need to get the golf club to the ball before the buttons in my shirt get there.

The left shoulder, if you’re right handed, has to lift up and back on the down swing.  The critical error most golfers make is they shift their weight forward.  Some claim they’ve read that you must transfer your weight before impact or you must start your down swing with your hips.  I’m not saying that some golfers might not benefit from those suggestions however the video will prove that in reality the left shoulder is moving upward while the lower should is moving towards the ground and that only after the impact position does the golf club’s centrifugal force pull you to your front foot.

There are exceptions such as trap shots, knock downs etc.

Take a look at the video and then feel free to email me a video of yourself absolutely FREE without obligation or badgering of you doing the drills and/or your golf swing after trying out the drills.  Just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for directions on how to send your video free.  The drills to help you with your swing are below the video.

For the drills just click on the links below.

1) The 2 o’clock drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85726349/db79b882a5
2) The turn and tilt drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85658164/5b79ed393a3) Turn and tilt with a swing trainer https://youtu.be/DJIKysvM4Qk
4) Another tilt drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVrfxZBX__U

Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship

Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship

For the first time in more than twenty years I visited a ladies golf tournament on the LPGA tour and I was NOT disappointed.  The level of play among the lady tour players has really improved and it was obvious the conditioning has added to their longer tee shots.   (Not that I was looking at what good shape they were in. I’m sorry LUCY!)

In fact, the first golf tournament I ever witnessed as an eleven year old was a ladies golf tournament.  Kathy Witworth, Marlene Hagge, Micky Wright and a slew of other pioneers of the ladies golf world.

The one thing I noticed about the lady golfers is that they are more willing to get behind the golf ball at the top of their back swings.  Everyday I deal with golfers attempting to keep their heads locked on top of the golf ball.  If the intention is to get your front arm and golf club shaft in a straight line at impact, how in the heck can you do that unless your head is behind the golf ball?  You either have to have your head behind the golf ball in the first place or back up on the downswing.  Both methods have proven successful on the PGA tour.

Berhard Langer backs up on his down swing while Ben Crenshaw gets way behind the golf ball and lets the momentum of the golf swing PULL him to his front foot.

I’ve done a complete analysis for you below of both Carrie Web and this week’s winner Minjee Lee hoping it will help you make the transition from playing on TOP of the golf ball to BEHIND the golf ball. 

One other comment before we look at the videos.  Shame on you Central Virginia!  There were not nearly enough spectators at the Kings Mill event.  I live in Richmond and can tell you it seems impossible to keep any sports team or activity for lack of support.  Organize a wine festival and the place is packed!  Bring a great minor league baseball team to town or arena football or hockey and they starve trying to make expenses.  We used to have a senior tour stop years ago at Hermitage.  What happened to that?  We hold the State Open golf tournament and no spectators?  I don’t get it.

Enough with the rant here’s the two videos I prepared for you.  First Carrie Web and then this weeks winner Minjee Lee.

When Do I Start Rolling My Hands?

When Do I Start Rolling My Hands?

First off you actually should be rolling your forearms. Using your hands or wrists cold promote more of a “flip” rather than a solid roll. “Flipping” will also add loft to your golf club causing you to hit the ball higher and shorter.

The back of your left wrist, (for right handers) needs to be bulged slightly in order to create that solid feel at impact. The bulging will also help you reduce the club face loft adding distance and a lower more boring ball flight.

Here’s how to get it done. First off let’s consider impact at 12 o’clock. Hold the golf club in only your left hand, (again for right handers) and swing a very short back swing let’s say to about two o’clock. Then while swinging the golf club back to impact begin “rolling” your left forearm BEFORE you get to impact. You should finish at about ten o’clock with your left palm facing upward.

I would do this drill with just your left hand a lot before attempting to add the right hand. Once you do add the right hand you should see the back of your right hand when finishing at the ten o’clock position.

I can show you a good drill for this by clicking here

Why Is It More Difficult To Hit Your Driver Than Any Other Club?

Why Is It More Difficult To Hit Your Driver
Than Any Other Club?

You can get a FREE Special Report on hitting your driver by going to my website at FREE Special Reports

Your initial golf shot or “tee shot” is YOUR MOST IMPORTANT golf shot in my estimation. It’s sort of like first down in football. If you’re second down and twenty every time you get the ball you’re going to have a long afternoon. I’m used to it, being a Dolphin fan.

If you’re having trouble during a round of golf with hitting your golf driver in the fairway then drop down to your three wood immediately. Maybe after some success with your three wood you will gain your confidence back to try your driver again. The little bit of distance you’ll loose by hitting your three wood will be more than compensated by being on the short grass in the fairway. Work out any problems with your driver in practice not on the golf course.

The first thing you need to understand about a Driver is that the length is probably doing you the most harm. A golf swing is very similar to a group of skaters turning in a circle or a group of soldiers marching in a circle. The outside skater or individuals will have to move that much faster than the rest of the line to keep up. Sure the longer the driver the faster the club head will travel in theory, but equally the harder it will be to square the club face at impact thus causing that dreaded slice off the fairway.

To square the golf club up at impact, (impact is actually about three degrees closed with a driver) you need to start rolling your forearms over earlier. Why, because the golf club head is further away from you. If you’re having trouble squaring up the club face first try choking up a little on the golf club. My opinion is golf club manufacturers make the modern drivers too long anyway. Most are about 45 to 46 inches. I prefer 44 inches. Tiger Woods only hits a 43 ½ inch driver.

I also prefer the smaller club heads. Everyone is raving about the hybrid woods that are replacing three irons. Golfers rave about how easy the hybrids are to hit. The heads are SMALL and have a low center of gravity. In contrast the new Drivers have a head the size of a basketball and golfers wonder why they can’t square it up. I recommend the 395cc head as the largest acceptable size, not the 460cc style which is actually more difficult to square up at impact.

Some golfers try to keep their head still or over the top of the golf ball. To make a full turn on a swing with your driver your head might move a little towards your back foot. That’s fine if not desired. You need to be well behind the golf ball at impact. One should have a straight line from the front shoulder to the ball at impact.

Another thing I noticed is that most golfers tend to hit their driver out on the toe. Use some face tape or sometimes referred to as impact tape on your driver and witness for yourself where you are making contact with the face of your driver. Usually the best place to make contact is high on the face and just a little inside of center. Different drivers have difference centers of gravity. See my Blog report on finding the center of gravity on your golf club for help.

Also, the driver has to be swung on a shallow plane. All golf clubs are swung the same…on plane, (the plane being the angle of the shaft at address). The plane angle on a driver might be 55 degrees where on a pitching wedge the shaft angle might be 64 degrees. To maintain a shallow path to the ball it is necessary to turn your shoulders on a more horizontal plane on the back swing. Golfers that swing steep usually are trying to keep their head on the golf ball at the top of their back swing. If you’re right handed, make sure you get the tip of your left shoulder over your right toe at the top of the back swing. You’ll still see the ball out of the corner of your left eye and you’ll gain a tremendous amount of distance on your tee shots.

You might feel like you’re swinging flatter or more rounded with a driver. If so that’s a good thing. Practice starting your downswing with your arms. Get to the top of your back swing and hold your chest still and start pulling your arms down like you were ringing a bell.

Remember Tiger’s comment; “the arms win the race”. He is referring to the arms winning the race to the golf ball. Get your arms started way early on the downswing and make sure you roll your forearms over early. If you start to hook the ball violently just back off a little on the roll over. If you pull hook the ball then you’re still rotating your shoulders too early.