How To Increase Your Power
There is a misconception in golf where some believe that power equals muscle. This is not exactly true. The true
source of power in golf is golf head speed.
The faster you can swing the club, while keeping your swing pure, the more energy you will deliver to the ball.
And that added energy equals increased power.
Some might ask the question: how do we increase club head speed?
The answer is flexibility.
Flexibility equals torque, and torque is how you gain that extra speed during your downswing. Here are a couple
of quick tips to help you get the club head speed you need to increase your power shots.
Increase Speed: Head Position
Head position at address is important. Your head should be positioned just slightly to the right of the ball (as
you look down on it). Poor positioning of the head restricts the shoulders from taking a smooth, full turn during
The second thing to remember about head position is to keep the chin off the chest. You want your shoulders to
be able to turn under your chin. If the chin is on the chest, this cannot happen.
Increase Speed: Reduce Arm Tension
Many golfers, especially those new to the game, will grip the club so tightly that the muscles in their forearms
bulge. This happens more often with the driver than any other club, but it is not exclusive to the driver.
It is impossible to tell every golfer how tightly he or she should hold the club. One common analogy is to hold
the club as you would a tube of toothpaste without squeezing any out.
For those who truly want to add power to their game, added flexibility is the key.
Keep in mind that while the backswing is important--it sets up the downswing--it is the speed of the club head
during the downswing that truly matters.
You can find a variety of flexibility exercises on the Internet to help you work out the kinks and loosen up
your core muscles. This should be your first step.
The type of exercises you do and the level of difficulty you choose must be dependent on your current health. If
you are already somewhat limber and are not over-weight, you can probably opt for the more intense programs.
However, if you are older, have less range of motion, are over-weight, then opting for the less-intense
flexibility programs should be your goal. You can always move up as your golf physical conditioning improves.
One Other Way to Increase Power:
Aside from your physical ability to flex, one other way to add a bit more power to your shots is to use heavier
club heads. For most golfers, this means using a bigger driver. It is also possible to buy slightly heavier irons
today as well.
The increase in power you get with heavier clubs is due to the added mass of the club head. More mass at contact
equals more energy onto the ball.
However, heavier clubs, especially heavier drivers, will require some getting used to. You should not expect to
simply buy a set or new driver and be able to use it without some practice.
Professional golfers who are looking for the maximum amount of power will take advantage of both of these tips.
They will work on their flexibility and they will invest time in mastering the more modern driver. There is no
reason you cannot do that same if you want to.
Remember that Mike Pedersen (an expert Golf Fitnes Trainer) has a great guide that will help you improve your
golfing flexibility and power: