We all want to hit the ball farther. Whether it's to keep up with your friends or your kids, being able to hit the ball with more power is a common desire. Rotational swingers do this by turning even more than they already do. Just the thought of turning that much makes my back hurt! So, how do we increase our power using the Peak Performance Golf Swing?
Dr. Bill Ammon sent in a comment about losing power if he doesn't turn. Though we turn to the toe line, you don't want to get in the habit of thinking you have to make a bigger turn in order to preserve or increase power. That's just not how the PPGS works.
I seem to have a problem with my turn. If I swing I seem to turn before I reach my ball but if I don't turn I lose power.
I think the turn that Dr. Bill is referring to is in his forward upswing. Anytime you start your downswing (which we call forward upswing) with a turn, the turning will automatically start pulling your body forward, ahead of the ball. That's why we see a lot of rotational swingers slow their swing down by moving downward so they don't get too far ahead of the ball. They will often arch their wrists as well to get the club square. I feel like all these movements take your whole body out of balance because you're changing major angles during your swing.
Dr. Bill says he loses power when he keeps his body still and centered. You've got to understand the differences between the PPGS and a rotational swing. Rotational swings primarily get their power by turning the body fast and using the body to pull the arms. We're just the opposite. We get our power from centrifugal force. Because we swing vertically, we're working in harmony with gravity. If you get rotational, it takes more energy to swing the club because you're now working against gravity.
We get our power by keeping our body more still and swinging our arms faster towards the target. If you want to hit the ball longer, you've got to have arm acceleration. You get arm acceleration by keeping the body quiet, so you want to avoid torso rotation.
What's the number one PPGS rule? The fewer angles the better. Set up with good angles, and then maintain them. Keep the body quiet, then accelerate the arms. Try this and I'm confident you'll start hitting the ball with more power.
Keep it vertical!
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