Martin Chuck has been releasing blogs with a series of drills to generate lag and whipping action for more power and distance. I love his recommendations as they fit with the exact solution that I developed for my aging body. If your spine rotation limits your backswing, you are not alone. You need a solution to create lag without coming over the top and slicing the ball.
There are only 3 steps that you need to focus on to improve your ability to generate more lag for more power and distance.
Step 1: Light Grip with your Trailing Hand
Martin Chuck showed a drill where he grips his club normally with his leading hand and places his trailing hand with fingers open and flat against the trailing side of the club. He recommends making some light swings where your leading wrist rotates your club shaft to 90 degrees in your back-swing (and your trailing open hand just rests on the side of the club).
By doing this you will feel a whipping action as you release your leading wrist at the bottom of your swing. Your club head accelerates at about 4 times the speed of your arm rotation. The whipping action and extra club head speed is generated from your leading wrist release. Your trailing hand is just moving along for the ride.
NOTE: Use a very light grip with your trailing hand to help you create a 90 degree lag with your leading wrist. Generate all of your power and direction control with your leading hand and wrist release.
Step 2: Chest rotation and Straight Arm Back Swing
Adam Scott has the perfect example swing. He starts his swing with a wide takeaway. He straightens his leading arm as he rotates his hips 45 degrees and then his shoulders by another 45 degrees from the line across his toes. Hold a club across your chest to check your total shoulder rotation. For many of us the rotation is much less than 90 degrees. Stretching and exercise in moderation will help with this rotation but you should accept your limitation to avoid back injury and depend on a 90 degree wrist rotation for lag.
Step 3: Lower Your Swing Plane to Avoid Over the Top Hits
When Sergio Garcia swings, he creates an optical illusion, which looks like his club shaft lag is even greater 90 degrees from his leading arm. In reality, Martin Chuck showed that he is just dipping his club down to a lower plane in his backswing (by tucking his trailing elbow closer to his side). Lydia Ko, the 19 year old who is #1 Ranked in the World does a similar reroute in her swing. Jim Furyk also does a crazy version of a very high backswing and looping down to swing from the inside. Jim McLean, Golf School at Trump Doral GC, also instructs with a swing which loops down in the backswing.
In all of these cases the golfers are just adjusting their swing plane to route from the “inside to out” and up their target line. This creates a wonderful draw and more distance.
Aging bodies with limited spine rotation need to generate power with a limited back-swing and a straight leading arm for consistent powerful hits. A very light grip with my trailing hand helps you create a 90 degree wrist lag with my leading wrist. You will generate a lot more power and a swooshing noise when the club whips through impact with the ball. If you are not hearing the swoosh, you are gripping too tightly as you whip through the bottom of your swing. Practice with GOLFSTR+ to keep a straight leading arm in your back-swing to avoid fat and thin hits. Buy one today at www.golfstr.com