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.
When you service as many students as I do, you occasionally get that special standout that comes along. Without fanfare, Sri Ghanta quietly shows up at the Patterson range almost everyday and displays a work ethic that is lacking throughout our society today, in my estimation. (Of course he gets the large range card so it saves him money)
Besides being a great student of the game, Sri is also quite a gentleman.
From a golf swing standpoint, he has worked on the range for a year and a half, never seeing the golf course itself. I had the honor of playing with him on his first round, as did a few of our other student/members, and we can all attest to the fact that Sri made a par on his first hole, the par 5 1st at Pendleton! On his third round he made his first birdie on number 6 with the flag in the back on the upper tier. Pendleton’s most difficult hole!
On the simulator at last nights workshop at Patterson Golf Park Sri was clocking over 117 miles per hour club head speed. Below is a video analysis of Sri’s golf swing, demonstrating to you the angular acceleration Sri creates, using Sergio Garcia as a comparison. I hope you learn something from it. My sincere congratulations to Sri, and keep up the good work.
You want more angular acceleration in your swing? Stay behind the golf ball and pull straight down with the arms first. For a video on how to get more angular acceleration in your golf swing just email me and I’ll send the video free. firstname.lastname@example.org
With today’s technology, we can measure exactly how far the ball is traveling and how it’s traveling. How it travels has a lot to do with how far it travels. Launch monitors are becoming very popular today because of the ability to measure spin rates and more. My personal opinion, only opinion mind you, based on years of experience is that the best data on this chart is actually the “Smash Factor.” The data you can get from something as inexpensive as a piece of face tape on the front of your golf club face, which makes a mark where you’re hitting the golf ball, will do just about the same thing.
If you fit a golf club that you hit more times than not right in the center of the golf club face, more often than any other configuration, that’s YOUR golf cub period! Get the ball right in the center of the club face and you’ll play your best golf.
I have links to the Tour Average Charts I mentioned earlier below. I have the Mens Tour and the LPGA Tour. The data in these chart include:
Club Head Speed – How fast the golf club is traveling Attack Angle – The angle of approach to the ball. The longer hitters have an upward angle of about three degrees. The Tour average is one point three negative. Ball Speed – How fast the ball comes off the face of the golf club. 1.5 times faster than club head speed is excellent. Example 100 mph club speed – 150 mph ball speed. Smash Factor – Overall performance at impact and center hit. Launch Angle – Angle ball travels after impact Spin Rate – The number of revolutions in flight Apex – Overall flight angle Landing Angle – The angle of approach to the ground Carry – How far it went in the air.
With all this data, you can see how the modern day touring professional dials in all the advantages available. Now it’s up to his swing and controlling his/her emotions.
Well I had a lesson yesterday that also taught me a lesson. It is real easy for the student to interpret what you asked them to do and multiply it by four and get themselves in more trouble then what they are in in the first place. Don’t over cook it.
The student said, wait a minute….you told me to turn my body and now you’re telling me to lead with the arms and shut the body down? Yes. Well earlier this student had very little movement in the body and now exaggerated the first assignment to such an extent that he was moving all over the place. What some refer to as “swimming” in the golf swing.
What we’re trying to achieve is a balance and coordinated effort between the body and the arms. Under normal circumstance MOST people will feel as though their arms are moving faster than the body but in actuality the motion is coordinated. The arms do move faster on the downswing because of “angular acceleration” just like a line of soldiers marching a column left.
Moral of the story is don’t over cook it, and if you do don’t fret. Touring pros do it all the time. How do think pros can go from winning a tournament one week and then missing the cut the next! They had a good thing going and then they started to over emphasize it and it bit’em.
Now the pro has to start all over again. I don’t feel sorry for him…he probably has a jet plane!