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Moves Of Power


  • Lower Body Power
  • X Factor Stretch
  • Shoulder Lag
  • Wrist Lag

I’m sure you’ve seen it before. You’re playing with a couple guys, one of which has a fluid beautiful swing and one of which has a short chopping swing yet despite everything you’ve ever heard, the short choppy guy is flying his 3 hybrid farther than the golfer with the slow beautiful swing. How could that be? Aren’t we supposed to swing slowly and easy? It’s time to apply some science to the confusion of how to hit the ball far. In this video we will discuss the ways that your body can create more clubhead speed, which could result in better distance.

In the same summer, there was an article that I was featured in called the “quest for 300” where we demonstrated how improving the timing of the movements of your swing could result in a gain 30 yards in one specific case. I’ve had students go through swing changes only to find themselves hitting 40 - 60 yards further in a matter of weeks. It’s too short of a time for me to actually make them “stronger” so this is a result of learning to maximize what their body is capable of when it comes to distance.

“Lag” is a prestretching of a muscle before firing. If you are at this point in the program, then you are ready for some of the fine polish and racing stripes in undersatnding lag. Muscles act somewhat similar to slingshots. For a slingshot to work properly, we need three things. A flexible rubber band, a stable anchor, and a reasonable timing between stretch and fire.

Getting back to golf and “lag”. Lag is a prestretching of a muscle before it fires and this can happen at virtually any part of your body, but there are a few common areas to see it. You can have lag in your hips, lag in your core, lag in your shoulders, lag in your elbows and lag in your wrists. Lag is typically looked at ONLY at the wrists, specifically, the angle between the club and the forearms, but it is really much more than that.

In the drill section, we give you ways to increase the speed transferred for each section of your body that can create more lag in the wrists.

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In this concept video, we're going to go over the movements that help you create power.

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So in the first concept video, we talked about how to maximize your speed just by working

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on your path.

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Well, it's really these movements that help you either create more elastic movements,

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create transfer more energy in the club head, or potentially affect the path.

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So in the drill section, we'll go over ways that you can feel these different stretch

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shortens and things.

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But in this video, I'm just going to go over and highlight why we're doing these

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drills and what we're trying to accomplish.

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So let's take the example of a rubber band.

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If I was to create a 10-inch stretch with a rubber band and a let it go, I would get a certain

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amount of power.

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Well, if I was to create an 8-inch stretch and then go 2 inches and then let go, I would get

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even more power going in the direction that's already.

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That's a funny way, or a silly way of looking at a stretch shorten cycle, which is how

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we create the most amount of power in the golf swing.

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So if you set up to the golf ball and you go to the top of your swing, your maximum stretches

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should happen during the downswing.

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One of the biggest areas that they talk about is something called the X-factor.

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And Jim McLean did the first research and then it's been amended by Phil Cheatome, Rob Neale,

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it's kind of evolved over the last 20 years.

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So basically, X-factor is looking at from the top of the swing, how much are you increasing

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the stretch on the downswing and then how quickly are you closing it?

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Well, you can create these little X-factor or these pre-stresses at any point in your

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So you can create it in your legs, you can create it more in your hips, you can create

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it in your rib cage, you can create it in your shoulder, elbow, and wrist.

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Those are the big areas where you can create speed.

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The biggest four are being your wrists, your shoulders, your core and your legs.

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So we've got drills in the drill section which go over a lot of the specifics of how to

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get that.

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But the concept that I want you to understand is you have to monitor how you're creating

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clubhead speed or rather how much clubhead speed you're created, not based on how it feels,

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but with some type of objective measurement, whether it's one of those simple little radar

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guns on the ground for looking at clubhead speed, they have watches, you can measure,

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something on the club to measure or just how far the ball is going.

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It is very problematic to measure it based on feel because there's a saying that I like

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and I forget where I heard it, but basically you want to create effortless power instead

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of powerless effort.

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Because there are lots of swings where you basically take it back and hey, if I feel like

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I swing harder, I'm going to try to create more speed.

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But very often does that create a significant amount of speed.

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What ultimately creates more speed is if you swing more efficiently.

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So if I create more lag, bigger stretch shortens, weight longer and longer, more access

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till all these things that contribute to my path and angle of attack and contribute to the

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way that I transfer energy to the club.

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So hey, attention in the drill section because we'll go over how to create the lag and

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the wrist, how to create the lag and the elbows, how to create the lag and the shoulders,

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and how to create lag in your core, which all contribute to creating more power provided

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that you hit it in the center of the club.

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So when you're going through creating power, that's the other thing you have to monitor

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is you may be creating more speed, but if you're hitting it further out, out towards the

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toe, it might not go as far and you're going to tell me that my drill doesn't work.

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The drill's work, you just have to monitor why you're losing power.

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So pay attention to the movements, pay attention to the contact, pay attention to the ball

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If you do them right, you should see a dramatic increase in your distance.

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