This question has dogged me since my youth. My little brother seemed to figure it out, and he was longer than any of us. He couldn’t explain it to me in a way that I understood, though. Nor could any of my other friends who were low handicappers. I couldn’t get much out of the golf magazines I read either. So I played round after round of golf with the same results: high weak fades that were fairly consistent. My short game became my focus, but I always knew there was something about the game that I was missing.
So now, I finally understand it, I’m hitting it farther than I ever have before, and my clients are getting it too! I will do my best to articulate in the simplest way possible.
Power in the golf swing is created by sequencing. That is to say, a sequence of movements resulting in a powerful shot. This sequence begins with the lower body, continues into the upper torso and finally moves into the hands and the club face. This act of sequencing is the key component to creating lag. If you can improve your sequencing and create lag, you will improve your power. No matter if you are a junior, senior, mens or ladies golfer.
The Sequence, beginning from the top of the backswing:
- low body/ hips
- Upper torso/ arms
- hands / clubface
Sounds easy, right? Get the low body going, then the upper body, and finally the hands and at last the club face. Now try doing it. It’s not so easy, at least it never has been for me or my clients. Why? Because we tend to move our upper and lower body simultaneously. So how do we fix it? We must first learn to move our hips and shoulders separately.
How do we do that?
Practice exercises where the shoulders are stable and the hips are rotating. Then practice moves where the hips are stabilized and the shoulders turn. Once you’ve learned to turn your hips and shoulders independently, it’s time to move on to sequencing drills.
So, instead of jumping right into sequencing – here’s your first movement on your quest for prodigious power. This move is called side step up with medicine ball. As Anna demonstrates, the movement mimics a slight lateral weight shift onto the lead leg combined with a pelvic rotation toward the target. At the same time, the shoulders are stabilized and held back by the medicine ball position. Practice this move on both legs and you’re half way there! Combine with last week’s single leg push pull, and you have got hips and shoulders that turn independently.
Here’s the new video, as well as a repost of last week’s move. Next week: Dynamic Sequencing Drills!
Side Step Up w Medicine Ball (internal hip rotation)
Use a step slightly under knee height.
1 Leg Push / Pull (torso rotation)
use with 2 cables or cable & DB