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It comes down to this idea: mechanics of a golf swing require specific levels of flexibility, balance, stability, strength, endurance, and power to perform it efficiently. If your body does not have required capacities of aforementioned list, then result will be? Anyone want to guess? Well, let me give you answer: a less than optimal and less efficient swing than possible. Essentially, your body supports your swing much like a foundation supports house you build upon it. I am sure that all of you would choose to build a house on a stone foundation rather than a sand foundation, wouldn’t you? I will say that many of you make a different choice when it comes to your golf swing. I quite often see amateurs developing their swing on a “foundation of sand,” not a good thing to do in my book.
Regardless of how much time you work on your swing mechanics, if your body does not have “golf strength” to support your swing, you are limiting your potential. I have seen it numerous times, people practicing at range who struggle, not because of trying to get better, but because their bodies are limiting what they can do with their swing. Quite often I see people with limited flexibility, poor balance capabilities, and low levels of strength and power. The bottom line is that your mechanics will not get better until you fix body that swings club!
Up to this point we have discussed two most important ideas when it comes to power on golf course. A review of topics tells us that they are optimal swing mechanics and proper levels of “golf strength” in body. One without other is going to leave you short when it comes to your potential in game.
Again, I probably see point number two, golf strength, being addressed less often than swing mechanics when you get right down to it. The pros are all aware of importance of golf strength, why not you?
We have come to final point, and that is equipment. I think majority of golfers are aware of technological advances that have occurred in golf equipment over last 20 years. I mean, think about ‘80’s when we were still playing with woods that actually had wood club heads! Imagine that for a moment, and now we are using drivers with space age faces that shoot ball off of them at warp speed. In addition, we have to mention advances in terms of golf balls. How manufacturers design golf balls today makes a difference in how far they travel. What a lot of people do not realize is that USGA has set standards on how “hot” driver faces can be and how “fast” balls can come off face of drivers. Most clubs are reaching this limit, and anything past these USGA rules becomes illegal to play. So what does that tell us? 1) Club manufacturers have done a great, and I mean great, job in advancement of technology, and 2) to increase distance on your drives you are now going to have to turn to points one and two of this article.
So what does improving your power really come down to?
It comes down to three simple ideas. Number one is improving your golf swing mechanics. Improved mechanics will improve your driving distance. Number two is improving your golf strength. By improving your body as it pertains to golf swing you will improve your distance off tee. Finally, equipment does make a difference, if you hit ball correctly. Best of luck with your game, and if you need additional information stop by our web site www.bioforcegolf.com
Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour regularly with 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has made many of his golf tips, golf instruction and golf swing improvement techniques available to amateur golfers on the website www.bioforcegolf.com. Check out his manual and DVD, Your Body & Your Swing, on BioForceGolf.com