The concept and the importance of power can be missed by some golfers. A key question that is often asked is can true power be generated through technique, strength or something more? Or, is it a combination of all those three and more? Every golfer wants to generate more power, more distance, more consistency. But how do they do that? Well we will try to help here by identifying 3 ways in which you can generate more power off the tee.
1. Spinal Rotation. Sounds painful, doesn’t it!!! But it’s not, trust me and very effective in generating more power. Quite simply, every time you swing the golf club, you rotate around your spine. So, what does this have to do with power you may ask? Well, in short, power is generated every time you stabilise your hips to make a full backswing with spinal rotation. Most golfers will have heard of the X factor. This, of course, refers to the differential between the movement in your hips and your spine. Increase your spinal rotation and a new sense of power will be released. Like all tips we write about, we always advocate the need to practice…then practice….then practice some more. Next time you are at your favourite driving range, spend an extra half an hour or so practising this technique.
2. Core Based Exercises. Your body’s “core”, the area around your trunk and pelvis, is where your center of gravity is located. When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work in harmony. They provide support to your spine. The core is the power zone. It is where all movement begins. A well-developed core allows for improved force output, increased neuromuscular efficiency, and decreased incidence of overuse injuries. A weak core can make you susceptible to poor posture and injury. You should be looking to build your core strength u as much as you can. If you go to the gym, ask your gym trainer to include some core strengthening exercises in your regime.
3. Plyometrics. What are plyometrics, apart from a load of points on Scrabble??!! Well, plyometrics are any exercise where the muscle is contracted eccentrically then immediately, concentricly. Put simply, the muscle is stretched (i.e. loaded) before it is contracted. A good example is medicine ball horizontal twists and standing golf swings. Some statistics for you, according to a recent study published in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) journal, amateur golfers significantly increased their driving distances after just eight weeks of strength training while incorporating plyometrics. Mean driving distance increased 4.3% for the combined training group, with mean club head speed increasing 1.5%.
It has been found that once you incorporate these 3 techniques into your exercise program, you’ll never be disenchanted or disappointed about driving distance or power generation again. But, as we’ve already mentioned and something we stress in all tips posts, you need to practice…practice…and after you’ve practiced..practice some more. It will pay off in the end.