GOLF: How To Increase Clubhead Speed With Your Driver

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How To Increase Clubhead Speed With Your Driver

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The point of this video is to give you something you can go take right away and increase your speed – two things you can you do in your swing almost immediately that can instantly increase your clubhead speed.

Rotation in your swing is a huge influencer of clubhead speed and not just golf but any sport. The reality is the more you turn your body both back and through, the more potential clubhead speed you will have.

Now, not everyone watching this is going to be able to rotate like a tour star. I think that certainly not everyone during the follow through portion is going to be able to rotate enough, but I do believe the majority of you can get some extra rotation going back and even if we can get some there, that’s going to help, so we’re going to focus on this. Certainly during the downswing, if we could add body rotation, that’s going to help speed, but again, I’m under the assumption not everyone can do that. So, let’s talk about the backswing part that we can do.

When you watch Bubba Watson or the Long Drive Champions, they have huge backswing turns. They’re certainly not trying to keep their hips steady and coil their upper body. It’s a huge turn of everything.

Too many of you lose clubhead speed because you don’t turn your belt buckle or your hips back far enough. You turn your upper body decent, but you don’t turn your hips back far enough. In terms of the turn, just again in general, the more degrees you can get back, the better, but that starts with the belt buckle.

The second piece of the backswing that influences speed is body extension. Now when I say extension, I’m talking extension of the spine. Now, in any power sport, if I was going to push off of the ground, how would that motion look? I’d be bent over first, I’d push off the ground, I jump and I would extend. That’s using the ground for speed. That’s the second part of the backswing. Not only do you want rotation or body turn, you want to utilize the ground or push force into the ground and create speed.

Turn and extension is part number one here. The second part is going to be where the weight in your feet – or the pressure of your feet more specifically – goes. Let’s assume you are starting at 50/50 (ish). I don’t want your pressure to be overly forward. I’d probably not have it overly on the right side either. I’d have it relatively 50/50. As you go up to the top there would normally be a slight pressure shift into your right foot, right at the top of the normal swing. Then there would be a shift into your left foot and then you would push up and off as you swing. Now, if you really want to go far, you’re going to exaggerate those pieces. Instead of your normal shift, you’re going to really feel like you are pressing into the ground with your right foot. You’re going to feel a little bit of pelvis motion to the right. You want to create movement here.

So the point here is probably don’t try and create the downswing pieces as much or at least not before you do the backswing pieces. More backswing turn and more pressure into the right foot in combination with going up a little bit and extending is going to create the most amount of speed.

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Comments

Woo Kim says:

Awesome as always. I do have a question about the left knee. Its difficult for me to hold the left thigh/knee in place no backswing if Im trying to move the "belt buckle". How important is this? I see most of the pros barely moving the left thigh on their backswing.

S C says:

Please add more swings and some slow motion full swings
Thanks

Wgb8210 says:

Extending the spine during the backswing is hugely important, I agree, but if I add a little bit of side bend towards the target line, I find my head drops a little bit by the time I reach the top of my backswing. I definitely want to drive down as I shift my weight and rotate during the downswing, but I thought being SLIGHTLY lower at the top of the backswing was also good. Am I mistaken? Oh, great video, as always.

Peter Kennedy says:

Not many instructors have brought attention to the body extension that goes on in the backswing. Neither the sun's shadow, nor a mirror will show it. But it's there Evern the sacred spine angle

Globetrotter says:

Will try this tomorrow and see what happens.

Ph P says:

Eric: Superb demonstration of power moves. Your videos are outstanding.

Natural Health Practice @ The DNA Express says:

You are the best golf coach I have ever seen! Thank you!

조주한 says:

you are real golf swing instructor never ever been before! I love your explanation. Eric Thank you!

Joe Griggs Jr. says:

Plus hit the gym. I see leg workouts coming. I love squats.

Rick Mason says:

You explain things so clear compared to so many of the pros ive heard

COURMAX says:

I LOVE YOUR INSTRUCTIONS THEY ARE CLEAR, NOW HOW TO APPLY THESE TO MY LEVEL OF GOLFER IS ANOTHER THING. THE FITNESS BECOMES VERY IMPORTANT HERE FOR YOUR BODY TO PERFORM THESE TECHNIQUES I AM SUR ARE WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO PERFORM. WOULD YOU HAVE ANY GYMNASTICS EXERCISES TO INCREASE MY FLEXIBILITY? THANKS AGAIN VERY INTERSTING TEACHING!!!!

T and S Channel says:

Your instruction is clear. Love it.

Houbengal says:

A buddy in our usual group scores in the high 70s to low 80s…but he dips his head about 6” in backswing and comes back up in downswing. He has little distance but is very accurate. I suck compared to him…so should I say something? Or just tell him to watch your vids? Lol

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