Hit the Ball Further, part II

You’ll have to check out George’s blog to read part I, but I thought his words (and video) in this article were well worth posting on my blog. 

http://connorgolf.com/golfrx/hititfartherii.html

*I would add one more benefit to getting the tension out of your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders….

George says you’ll move the ball:

Further-Yes.
 
Straighter-Yes. 

He also knows you’ll make:

*More consistent solid contact- Hell Yeah!! 

It only takes a club path disruption of 3/16th of an inch to mis hit a golf shot.  Tension in the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders, AKA, muscular flexion, will ALWAYS move the club off path to some degree.  Read, listen and watch what George has to say here.  It’s great stuff!!!

Get Tension Out of Your Hands to Take Advantage of Your Improved Mechanics
By George Connor

Last month we talked about the proper sequence in the golf swing being a key ingredient to getting maximum power out of your golf swing.  This month, I would like to discuss getting rid of tension as a way to increase clubhead speed and hitting the ball straighter.  The tighter you hold the club, the slower the club will move.  Not only will you be giving away clubhead speed, you will also slow down the rate at which the shaft rotates.  So as I tell my right-handed students, “If you want to hit the ball short and to the right of the target, squeeze that club as tight as you can.” 

To get an image of how increased grip pressure will slow down a club, squeeze a baseball real tight and see how far you can throw it!

Clearly, this is not what we want to do.  On the flip side of this, if you reduce tension in your hands you can add clubhead speed and increase the rate at which the club closes.  This will result in longer and straighter shots.  Since the goal is to hit the both long and straight a fast clubhead coupled with a square face is the key.
As discussed last month, the big body parts are the engine to the golf swing.  By employing the lower body then the core and upper torso we can generate tremendous clubhead speed if we allow the club to swing off of this inner rotary speed.

In order to keep tension out of the swing, there are two things that have to happen.
1.       The backswing must be a swing.  What I mean by this is that the arms need to swing away from the ball and to the top of the swing.  Keep in mind that anything that can be said to be “swinging” has no engine.  If the arms are manually moving the golf club, they are not swinging.  Therefore, the backswing needs to be created by the torso turning fast enough to put some energy and momentum into the golf club.  The backswing must be fast enough to allow the club to literally swing to the top.

2.       Your hands must be on the club in such a way that there is no need to apply more tension during the swing.  This is an area that almost every student I see needs to make some changes.  The more you put the club into the palm of your top hand, the more tension you will have to add during the swing.  If you tend to wear a hole in your glove on the base pad, you are holding the club too much in the palm.  The hole is a function of friction.  Friction of the club sliding up into the fingers as the club is approaching the top of the swing.  While it would be nice not to have to buy a bunch of new gloves every season.  There is a more serious issue.  When the club is sliding in your hands, you will instinctively add tension.  Click on the image above to watch the video to see how we should have our hands on the club.
Less tension allows the club to square up.  Less tension allows the clubhead to move faster.  Less tension lets you feel like you are working less yet the ball will fly straighter and longer than you have ever hit it. 

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