Your Questions About Power Point In Golf Swing

Thomas asks…

Did weight-lifting ruin Tiger Woods?

Golf fans,

Q 1. Tiger Woods’ off-the-course problems notwithstanding, did resistance training, to the point of considerable bulking-up, ruin Tiger Woods’ game?

Q 2. Back in the day when Tiger was up by say, 15, on any given course shredding the competition, he was a lean, mean, golfing phenom that exuded amazing flexibility in his swing and just the right amount of power. WHY did he ruin it with weights?

Q 3. We all know the benefits of resistance training, but Golf is probably the one sport that needs mild to moderate weight training given the flexibility this sport demands. Woods’ transformation over the years back when he was dominating to now, 2011, looks like comparing a swimmer to a NFL linebacker, figuratively speaking. WHY did he not see this?

admin answers:

That’s easy. He didn’t listen to the doctor’s that told him not to carry more than 170 lbs on his body. He’s 20-25 lbs over that number. He didn’t listen to the doctors that told him not to play in the U.S. Open in 2008. It was amazing that he won the tournament on one leg, but what damage did he cause in the process even though it was surgically repaired? He’s had multiple surgeries on the knee and probably should’ve given it more rest than he did this time. He has 1 top ten and a victory at the Player’s Championship in his career so he should’ve just waited until the Memorial where he has way more success. He hadn’t touched a club until Monday of this week. It would’ve been better if he experienced this at home as opposed to at a tournament where now everyone is speculating. To answer your question, no weight-lifting didn’t ruin him.

Paul asks…

How can I get more distance on my shots?

I have been into golf for awhile now and recently I have been very frustrated with not being able to hit that far of a shot both in drives and irons. I notice it when I go out and play with my friends and I see them hit long drives and are able to use a 9 iron from a distance I would practically need my 5 or 3. Ive gone out and hit countless range balls but I feel like I cant improve or gain any distance in shots. My major strong point is I do have a good short/putting game but its really frustrating hitting drives the same distance as old ladies who play on the course lol. I have some friends that are tall and skinny and built like me that can really hit awesome drives so it makes me think there has to be something im doing wrong. Any advice or tips? Or am I stuck with granny distance drives for the rest of my life?

admin answers:

A lot of the power you generate comes from your shoulders, hips, turn and your wrist speed through the ball…..

You need to work on the a bigger wider shoulder turn, creating a perfect straight arm at the top of your swing, and getting your wrists coming into the ball at the right time and quicker….

Go to the gym and build yourself up aswell… It will help mate…. Im 5ft9 but i can hit the ball over 350 yards no problem…. Longest drive is 373 onto the front of a green, and that was on a flat hole, no wind and only a warmish day in may here in the uk…

Go away and work on timing the ball, bigger shoulder turn and speeding your swing up 10-15%

Steven asks…

How to become more consistent in golf? shoot under 80 consistently?

I play high school golf. Never took a golf lesson in my life. I’m 17 and I shoot around mid 80’s. I’m 5’5 and 130 lbs.Pretty small for a golfer. I started playing golf during my freshman year. Now I am a junior. My drives are REALLY inconsistent! Most of them Slices but if I get lucky, I can bomb it 260 yards! My short irons are good but my woods and long irons are horrible. I just can’t hit them consistently in the middle! It’s so hard. My practice swing is good and the tempo is perfect UNTIL I actually hit the ball and my temppo is all messed up and I move my head and everything! How long will it take me to drop 5 strokes!? Does lessons really help?

admin answers:

Hi Michael, I have a couple of bits of advice which I hope will be of use to you. You can bomb a 260 yard drive albeit inconsistently, so you are capable of bringing the club head down square with a decent amount of power & good timing. Your problem is some technical flaw is getting in to your swing which is causing this inconsistency, this is were golf lessons would be useful.

A PGA professional should be able pin point this technical flaw & give you some drills to correct it. This gives you 2 advantages, you’ll still lose some drives, we all do but you should be able feel what went wrong with your swing after the advice the pro gave you, being able to know what you did wrong is a important rather then blindly swinging again. Secondly you’ll not only know what was wrong with the previous swing, you’ll know how to correct it. I’d really recommend lessons.

Another thing, you say your short game is strong. Like anybody it can be stronger & that’s the easiest way to drop shots of your round consistently. You play double the short then the long shots & although it’s not the glamour side of the game it’s probably the most important.

I practise religiously and make a game of it. I’ve always practised short putting & it really pays off, it gives you the confidence & ability to sink your 6 foot putts (let’s face it, we shouldn’t be missing putts inside 6 feet but many do). On the practise hole on my course I take 6 of the practise flag sticks, use them to surround a hole creating a mini green on the practise green with a 6 foot radius from the hole. I then hit 20-30 balls from 120 yards, 110, 100 etc down to 40yards. Only the balls inside the mini green are good shots, outside are fails (even if they are on the main green still). It really allows you to know your yardages & means you will get up & down from inside 120 yards more consistently.

Hope that helped & good luck

John asks…

I need help with my golf backswing?

I am a beginner and I am just learning the mid iron swing. When I swing back, my head seems to move however hard I try to stop it – This then lifts my body and I always seem to top the ball. Its getting on my nerves and I cannot seem to perfect it. Please help!

admin answers:

The backswing does not hit the golf ball, but this does not mean that executing a good backswing is not important. A good backswing will set the club in a position of power and control. Your body should feel like a coil, like a spring loading, getting ready to unwind. You can practice your backswing anywhere that you have enough space for a complete swing.

Steps
1. Start the backswing by sweeping the clubhead back smoothly. Be sure that your keep the clubhead low to the ground in this first step.

2. When swinging your club back, do not lose your balance. When your weight pressure presses down on your back foot, keep the pressure balanced to the inside of your foot. Although your clubhead is kept low to the ground, do not let this low swing pull you off balance.

3. As you swing the club back and up, you should feel weight pressure build up in your back leg; this is the beginning of feeling your body feeling like a tightening coil.

4. Continue to move your clubhead up, tightening the coil. Be careful not to press too much weight pressure onto the front of your back foot as you will not be able to complete your shoulder turn and you will lose clubhead speed.

5. For the advanced golfer, pay attention to the position of the clubface while making your coil. When the club reaches hip level, the shaft of the club should lay over the extended line of your feet. You can test this by laying a club back from your foot line. The toe of the clubface should be pointed up toward the sky.

6. Stay in your posture throughout the backswing by keeping the bend in your back leg throughout the entire backswing. Do not stand straight up with your body, but stay down so that you don’t move your body position.

7. Allow your shoulders to turn smoothly until your front shoulder is behind the golf ball. You should now be at the top of your swing and fully coiled.

James asks…

why do golf shafts bend forward?

I’ve seen photos where some is swinging (usually really fast) the shaft looks to be bending foreword, it looks like this letter j or is this the camera angle being slightly not face on and the shaft is bending down?

admin answers:

Dear Bob O, Great observation. What you are viewing is one of the dynamics which occur during the downswing. If you were to view a full sequence from the top of the swing when the club is set you will also see a slight bending of the shaft at the top of the swing and the blink of an eye time when the club is redirected during the downswing. The shaft depending on the flex, length and consequently which club bends the exact oppositee direction you describe in your question. Commonly known as the loading of the shaft. This load is compromised of the swing speed, weight of the head and the swing path the player is using. As the player continues the downswing with aresultingg increase in club head speed the shaft bends even more to a point where it has reached the maximum load possible. Midway through the downswing another dynamic comes into the equation. Centrifugall force of a 200 gram driver head for example, matched with the players ability to to create aleveragedd position with his or her hands and arms. Flash forward another eye blink and the weight of the driver head and the initiation of the “release move” creates a straightening of the shaft as the energy loaded begins to unload. The best of players are able toholdf this full release to theNoao second just at the point of tangency (or impact). A very curious dynamic you may also have viewed is the “toe droop” wher the forces of the head actually bend the shaft downward while at the same time beginning to bend in the direction you described. Every golfer has experienced the physics of this process. Release the hands too early and you wind up hooking the ball, too late of a release and a slice results. This is a bit of a reduction since there are so many other dynamicsoccurringg. In addition, let me add to the equation the torque where at impact the shaft twists. Players with higher swing speeds mostly play with low torque value shafts. This measurement is made by clamping the butt end of the shaft and putting onePoundd ofdown forcee one foot from the tip. Torque values are designated by degrees. Shaft manufacturers when setting a shaft profile play close attention to the flex, torque, bend points and tip strength as well as other factors in the design process. Just after impact you will view the deflection of the head and the vibration going up the shaft just above the hosel and what you so accurately described. The camera did angle did not give you a distorted view. If anything the camera angle didn’t give you enough of the dynamics of shaft physics.

Just a note. The release move described in my answer is the key for most players to maximize their driving distance even though they rarely swing full tilt during a tournament. Watch a swing sequence of Fred Couples for example and see a syrup like swing and pay close attention where his hands are and where the club head is. His hands are only 6 to 8 inches from the hitting position and the club head is still above his waist line. Hishandd speed during that moment of truth is where he derives much of his power. That’s also what makes golf so much fun. A 5′-9″ Camillo can drive it farther than players much bigger and stronger than him. It’s the great equalizer and when added to the proper shaft makes all those crazy bends and twists and droops result into a rocket right down the middle.

Best of luck Bob-O and look for more swing sequence photos. You will learn a great deal and you have a great start.

With Kindest Regards
H-E

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