By Mike Tabbert, PGA
One of the most sought-after skills in golf is more club speed. This attribute doesn’t go away from day to day and is a consistent competitive advantage every time you step on the course, helping you consistently shoot lower scores.
The fastest and easiest way to increase your speed and distance is to increase your length of swing, through increased range of motion. This can come from flexibility or mobility exercises, or simply swing modifications such as lifting your lead heel in the backswing.
This simple swing modification will in- crease your hip turn for a deeper loaded position at the top of the backswing. This, in most cases, will improve an over-the- top downswing, increase a golfer’s angle of attack, and allow for more momentum to build throughout the downswing for added speed.
During the backswing, push into the ground with your trail leg, thus pushing your trail hip directly behind you. With this increased hip turn allow your lead leg to come around, lifting your lead heel resting lightly on your lead big toe. You should feel approximately 80-90% of your pressure on your trail side.
To begin the downswing, stomp your lead heel back down, shifting your pressure to your lead side and triggering the correct downswing sequence.
Give this swing modification a try and enjoy hitting the ball past your playing partners!
Mike Tabbert is Director of Instruction and Club Fitting at Ironworks Golf Academy, visit ironworksgolfacademy.com.