Wouldn't it be great to be able to deliver a perfect drive
without having to sacrifice distance and accuracy for power?
How Your Golf Driver Swing Can Have
by: Mike Pedersen
A golf driver swing that is lacking in power has a couple of
issues that need to be addressed. A golf driver swing is slightly
different than your other clubs...but needs to have the same
sequence of motion and body position at impact to produce more power
and distance of the tee.
Most golfers swing outside their physical capabilities resulting
in lost yardage and accuracy. Has this ever happened to you?
You step up on a long par 4 or a par 5 and tell yourself you’re
going to get their in two. What did you do differently on the tee to
achieve it? Did you swing harder? If so, what was your result?
The first issue to cover with your golf driver swing is your
range of motion, especially on your backswing. Can you make a 90
degree shoulder turn with minimal tension? Most older golfers don’t
even come close.
The optimal position is a 90 degree shoulder turn, with
approximately 45 degrees of hip turn. This requires a high level of
core strength and flexibility. Shoulder flexibility comes into play
just a bit also.
If you can’t get to this position, it doesn’t matter how hard you
swing…you’re still not going to maximize your power and distance
with your driver. Trying to get to that position when you body
cannot physically get there will only cause muscle tension, which
slows clubhead speed.
Secondly, getting behind the ball and staying behind the ball at
impact is critically to maximizing power and distance. This cannot
be achieved with an “out-of-shape” body. It’s a physically
Even for a fit golfer, this is sometimes hard to accomplish on a
On the downswing, it is critical the first move is with the lower
body rotating (not sliding). This rotation of the lower body, while
the upper body stays back (for only a split second) takes a ton of
A weaker golfer would not be able to achieve this. He/she would
come over the top early with the upper body, merely because they
don’t have core strength to initiate the downswing with the lower
So how do you achieve a golf driver swing with maximum power?
Start working on your core strength and flexibility from a
rotational standpoint, with a golf weight training and glf
stretching routine. Every exercise and stretch you do should
incorporate rotational movements. The primary movement in the golf
swing is rotational, so why wouldn't you focus on that in your golf
This is the quickest way to longer drives!
Hitting more balls with the same body and the same swing won’t
get you there!
You’ve got to address the physical component to achieve the
mechanical efficiency with your driver.
As soon as you do, you’ll be blowing by the other players in your
This IS the approach you should take with your golf driver swing.
About The Author
Mike Pedersen is one of the top golf performance experts in the
country; Golf Magazine's expert at GolfOnline.com, author and
founder of several cutting-edge online golf performance sites. Take
a look at his just released golf training manual and dvds at http://www.performbettergolf.com.
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