Mastering the golf swing is one great challenge facing the golfers and it requires great degree of perfection coupled with continuous practice to be able to tee off in the right manner. There are number of aids available in the market to like golf swing analyzers and Golf Simulators which can help you perfect your golf swing. There are some basics which are quintessential for anybody seeking to improve the golf swing which are explained in detail below.
Rotary power as the title describes is speed generation through the rotational components of the golf swing. This aspect of speed generation is contingent upon the rotary aspects of the swing such as the “X-Factor” which is the separation created between the lower body and upper body during the golf swing.
In addition to the mechanics of the golf swing generating rotary power, the body is a component of this power source. This is where the term “core” has become a “buzzword” in the sport. The core is a reference to an anatomical area of the body comprised of all the muscles from just above the knees to slightly below the chest.
These muscles of the trunk are responsible for maintaining a fixed spine angle which is necessary for maximum rotary power. In addition the core musculature generates power during the rotary actions of the swing.
The second category vertical power refers to what is describe as “lift” in the golf swing. Not all golfers demonstrate this power component within the swing but many of the Re-Max Long Drive Competitors do so. Jason Zubak who is a 5-time world long drive champion has this component in his golf swing
Vertical power is a resultant of loading the muscular system during the swing and unloading it in an upward movement or extension into the impact position. The concept of “posting” the front leg into the impact position provides a visual of this power source in the golf swing. Vertical power as with rotary power is contingent upon timing and efficiency within the mechanics of the swing as well as power development from the musculature of the lower body.
The third power source in the golf swing is angular power. This power component is strictly contingent upon the ability of the golfer to increase the wrist hinge during the downswing and maintain it into the impact position. The longer a golfer can maintain the wrist hinge into the impact positron, the greater amount of power that can be translated into the club head.
The final power component in the golf swing is referred to as throw power. Throw power is connected to the ability of the muscles in the body to create elastic energy in the backswing which is transitioned into speed during the downswing. An oversimplification of this elastic energy generation in the backswing is the ability of muscles to “stretch” and then contract during the downswing.
Muscles are very similar to rubber bands in this aspect, where you stretch a rubber band and then release it to generate speed. This component of speed development can be trained in the muscular system through specialized exercises. As we can see from the information above four different power sources are present in the golf swing. Ideally, we would like to develop all four power sources within the golfer to generate higher swing speeds.
We can see from the information stated above, four separate power sources exist within the golf swing to generate speed. In addition, outside of angular power, the body plays a direct role in each one of these power sources. As result the importance of a body cannot be dismissed in the development of speed within the golf swing.
As a result of this direct connection of the body to the power sources in the golf swing, the process of increasing swing speeds encompasses a component of increasing the power outputs of the muscular system within the body. This is achieved through the inclusion of golf fitness exercises which increase the “elastic band” effect discussed above. These types of golf exercises are commonly referred to as plyometrics.
Plyometrics increase the rate at which force is produced within the muscular system. This allows for greater amounts of force to be generated during athletic activities. It is very important for the golf to recognize golf specific plyometrics are a fairly advanced type of golf exercise requiring certain levels of flexibility, mobility, stability and strength to perform safely. As a result it is suggested to build a physical foundation within the body to accommodate the high intensity level of these types of golf fitness exercises.
A very beneficial plyometric exercise to enhance swing speeds is the Medicine Ball Front Twist Throw. This golf fitness exercise enhances the rotary power component of the golf swing. To perform this golf fitness plyometric a medicine ball and concrete wall or partner will be required. Begin this exercise by facing either a concrete wall or your partner. Place the feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart and 2-3 feet away from the wall. Bend the knees slightly and grasp a 3-8 lb. medicine ball with both hands. Rotate the torso slightly and place the medicine next to the left hip.
Explosively throw the medicine ball towards the wall by rotating the torso. Aim the throw to a position directly in front of your torso. Maintain flex in the knees during the throw and generate the power from your hips. Catch the medicine off the wall and rotate the hips to your right. Continue to rotate until the medicine is directly next to the right hip and initiate the throw of the medicine ball back to the wall. Catch the ball return to the starting position of the exercise, alternate throwing the ball from the left and right hip for 6-8 repetitions to complete this golf fitness exercise.