Lack of power checklist
* A bad grip can cost you power and distance
* Lower body moves first from the top – not hands and arms
* Check for early release with an airflow ball under your armpit
1) The grip
You will never achieve your maximum distance potential with a bad grip, so check your hands first of all. The trigger finger of the upper hand should rest on the grip where the first fold between finger and palm is, with the butt end across the palm so the pad at the base of your thumb sits on top of the grip.
A slightly stronger grip can help on the power front, so perhaps three knuckles visible on the upper hand to help create the draw spin needed to make the ball go further. Your lower hand should sit on the grip with the palm facing the target. Keep your wrists nice and soft rather than strangling the club, as this will help create added ‘zip’ through impact.
2) Wind up on the way back
Lack of power often stems from poor body turn and shoulder movement on the backswing. Make sure you turn your chest away from the target with your left shoulder tilted down towards the ground. As you make this move feel your weight move into your right heel and your wrists hinge.
3) Downswing issues
The downswing can be another major power leak. Even with a great wind-up going back, too many golfers try to then hit at the ball from the top of the backswing with their hands and arms. You must resist this by starting your downswing with your lower body.
Most club golfers have too much arm swing in their downswing, and nowhere near enough body turn. The more your arms swing, the less power you will produce. To increase power and hit it further, your arms must follow your body’s lead.
The better you can separate the lower and upper halves of your body, the later and faster your arms will swing through impact, generating more speed and power.
4) Release it right
Another big power killer is poor release of the club through impact – the elbows separate; there’s no extension of the arms; the lower hand scoops the clubhead upward; and the hips don’t reach the finish.
Try to keep the clubhead as far away from your lead shoulder as you can through impact and into the start of the follow-through, with your arms really extending to the 3 o’clock position. A great way to work on your release is to tuck an airflow ball under your right armpit, and keep it there throughout your swing. If the ball falls out, it’s highly likely you’re releasing early.