Power Golf – Add 30 Yards to Your Drives by Maximizing Your Leverage

Archimedes once said “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I can move the world.”

Power Comes From Leverage

You don’t need to be muscle-bound to hit longer drives. But you do need to take advantage of all the power you have available to you. You maximize the power in your golf swing through leverage.

Distance Comes from Speed

Hitting your drives farther is not so much about power as it is about speed. You want to have your clubhead traveling as fast as possible through impact.

Leverage Provides the Power to Generate Speed

The power in your golf swing should be used to rotate your core through impact to the target in an efficient pivot. Faster core rotation will generate the clubhead speed you want.

The common mistake most golfers make when trying to drive the golf ball farther is to throw the clubhead at the ball with their hands and arms. The challenge is that the hands and arms are not nearly as strong as the big muscles in the core – from the hips to the shoulders. The strength in your hands and arms is used to control the club face, not to generate clubhead speed.

The Key is Good Foot Work

Jack Nicklaus believes that a good golf swing begins with good foot work. Creating more leverage in your swing – and consequently effortless power – starts with your feet.

Your Leverage Point is the Ball of Your Right Foot.

At the top of the swing you should be loading power and energy on the inside part of the right foot, right on the ball of the foot. The inside part of the ball of the right foot is your action position. If you don’t have your weight set on the inside part of the ball of your foot at the top of your swing, you are robbing yourself of power and distance.

Leverage Examples

Picture a basketball player on defense. In order to stay in front of the dribbler the defensive player has to shuffle their feet from side to side as the ball moves. They push from the inside part of their feet – the ball of the foot – to move sideways.

That same pushing motion, when combined with a pivot, is what adds power to the golf swing.

Another example would be a baseball pitcher. On the mound there is a rubber slab that pitchers use for leverage to push off of and pivot towards the plate when they throw. It is not arm strength that creates ball speed. In fact, their arm needs to be relaxed in order to maintain accuracy and to make the small positional adjustments that mean the difference between fastballs and curve balls. It is leg and torso strength maximized through the leverage position on the inside part of the right foot that creates speed.

The same concept applies to distance and your golf swing.

The next time you are on the range working on adding distance to your drives, pay attention to your leverage position at the top of your backswing. If it is not on the inside part of your right foot, you are losing power.

Pigeon Toe Drill to Help Feel Leverage

To help get the feel of good leverage, try the “pigeon toe” drill.

Take your normal driver stance. Before swinging, turn your right heel out so that your right foot is “pigeon toed.” Square up your hips and keep a little flex in your right knee. Make a ¾ swing and pay attention to the tension that builds in the right leg. You will likely find that it is very easy to push towards the target with the lower body when the right foot is turned in a bit.

Maintain Your Leverage For More Distance

If you want to add more distance to your drives with effortless power, maintain your leverage position throughout your swing. Leverage allows you to make efficient use of the power in your big muscles, which in turn allows your hands and arms to remain supple enough to control the clubface and produce consistent golf shots. Your leverage point is the ball of your right foot, and that is where you should load energy at the top of your golf swing.

ERIC M JONES is a Class “A” PGA Professional who is dedicated to helping golfers learn, play better golf, and have more fun.

Add 30 Yards to Your Golf Drives With the Power-X

The idea of having a fluid, tension-free golf swing that is at the same time powerful and dynamic enough to drive the golf ball over 300 yards seems like a contradiction until you understand the concept behind the Power-X.

Here’s the One Thing you need to keep in mind: To drive the golf ball farther you need to maximize your swing speed.

The Brute Force Approach to Distance Doesn’t Work

The common misconception is that you can try to drive the golf ball farther by applying more power – otherwise known as the brute force approach. Most golfers instinctively take this approach and try to “muscle up” on the ball to get more distance.

It’s not hard to picture a golfer trying to use the brute force swing: their grip pressure climbs off the charts, their arms get rigid as iron bars, their shoulders hunch up to the ears, their core gets locked down, and their swing gets so fast it creates its own breeze.

There is a big problem with the brute force approach: All your muscles are working against each other!

Sure you can hit a long bomb once in a while with brute force, but what good is it to add 30 yards to your drives if your next shot is from the weeds?

Yet if you were to ask these same golfers to describe their best drives, they would use words like “effortless”, “smooth”, “fluid”, “solid”, and similar terms.

The contradiction is that power has to come from Somewhere.

The Answer to Dynamic Power Lies in Understanding the Power-X

If you stand and cross your arms in front of your body so that each arm is pointed down the opposite leg (left arm points down right leg, right arm down the left leg), your arms will form an “X” in front. This simple visualization of arms crossed in an X can help you understand which muscles should be strong and dynamic throughout the swing, and which muscles should be relaxed.

Think of the two different axis of the X. The left arm and right leg are the strong and dynamic axis. The right arm and left leg are tension-free, relaxed axis. This is the “Power-X.”

Protagonistic vs. Antagonistic Muscles

Imagine a weight lifter performing a curl with barbells. The muscles that do all the work are the biceps. They are the protagonistic muscles. They lift the weight by contracting and relaxing. The triceps, on the other hand, are the antagonistic muscles – they do not help in lifting the weight. If you tighten your triceps while trying to curl a weight, it’s a big effort to lift even a small weight. The triceps work against lifting.

The muscles that supply the power in the swing are called the protagonistic muscles, while the muscles that inhibit the swing are called the antagonistic muscles.

If you use antagonistic muscles during your golf swing you will have to exert far more effort to generate speed. Yet this is exactly the conflict that occurs when using the brute force method!

The muscles that need to do the work in the swing should be strong, powerful, and dynamic. The muscles that are not working in the swing should be relaxed and tension free.

Effortless Driver Distance Comes From Using the Correct Muscles

To add effortless speed to your golf swing, and consequently drive the ball 30 to 40 yards farther, keep the left arm and right leg strong and powerful throughout the swing. Keep the right arm and left leg relaxed and tension free. Use the image of the Power-X to help understand where power comes from in the swing. You can have a fluid, consistent golf swing when you allow the right muscles to work for you.

ERIC M JONES is a Class “A” PGA Professional who is dedicated to helping golfers learn, play better golf, and have more fun.