So what is power?
In simple terms, power = strength x speed. You need to have both components to be powerful, to be explosive. To be able to get that golf ball to travel as much distance as possible.
- If you are strong but have no speed you won’t have much power.
- If you are simply fast but have little strength you’ll have limited power.
The keys to power
The first key to power is getting the proper segment of your body to fire first (firing sequence/transition sequence).
Every hitting and throwing motion requires the athlete to be able to transfer their weight from the back leg to the forward leg. That’s the most efficient way to propel an object with our arms. Transferring energy from the ground into the lower body, then the trunk and finally the arm and object you are throwing.
The Titleist Performance Institute calls that the Kinematic Sequence.
The Kinematic Sequence is simply how your body transfers energy to the ball. The amazing thing is that all great ball strikers have a remarkably similar kinematic sequence of generating speed and transferring speed throughout their bodies.
That means if you compare Ernie Els’ kinematic sequence to Jim Furyk’s kinematic sequence, it’s hard to show a difference. They may have different styles but the use their body using the same sequence.
The reason most amateurs start the downswing with the trail arm is because they lack the mobility necessary to load into their trail side hip. In order to be able to be able to unload the swing using the right sequence you first must be able to load the trail side hip.
“Your downswing should start from the ground up (not your trail arm), which is what most amateur golfers are doing.”_Brett The Golf Guy
If you don’t shift your weight, you don’t give your arms the chance to fall from the top of the swing. Which is a critical part of sequencing things for a proper swing plane.
Once you learn how to load your body correctly you can start to create a powerful golf swing.
“Until you can get into a position, until you can move the joints the way they need to move, it will be very difficult to enhance your power and hit the ball with consistency. If we look at most people that struggle with golf it’s because they lack mobility.” _Mike Boyle, World Famous Strength & Conditioning Coach
So the first key to a powerful golf swing then is having the ability to load and unloading your hips correctly, which puts you in the correct Kinematic Sequence. But if you lack adequate mobility in the hips it’s going to be impossible for you to load and unload them properly which means your Kinematic Sequence will be inefficient.
So the second key to power is having the flexibility and mobility we need to do to improve your ability to get into the position to swing the club effectively and efficiently. That means improving how your body moves, in other words, becoming more Fit For Golf.
What is golf fitness anyway?
“Golf fitness is not beach fitness…it’s not about looking good. Ultimately it’s about becoming better on the golf course. Getting in ‘golf shape’ requires a program with a distinct definition of success. Measure movement quality, not your waistline.”_Jason Glass, Titleist Performance Institute Instructor.
So Golf fitness isn’t about looking like a bodybuilder. It’s about being fit to play the game at your highest level and doing so without causing injury. It’s about understanding how your body’s limitations can influence the golf swing and how to address those limitations through the proper channels; whether it’s through swing instruction, physical rehabilitation or strength and conditioning exercise.
Playing golf is hard! Especially when your own body gets in the way. If your body doesn’t move the way it needs to – to play golf the way you want to – you’ve come to the right place. Here at NY Golf Fitness Guru we specialize in helping golfers move better, feel better and ultimately, Play Golf Better!
Brett’s Bottom Line:
So many recreational golfers struggle with golf because they simply do not have the physical abilities that are required to perform a mechanically correct golf swing.
The only way to know what your body can and cannot do in relation to that which is required and desired of a mechanically correct golf swing is to have a golf fitness assessment.
“Once you exhaust ball and club technology you are left with you.. it’s your body that’s in controls where the ball goes. Your game will be either enhanced or limited by your physical abilities.” __Brett Cohen, Founder, NY
Golf Fitness Guru
If you’re reading this you want to Play Golf Better! I can help you do just that. If you are looking for a Golf Gym in NYC, look no further. Visit me at NY Golf Fitness Guru. Together we will turn your body into an assess, not a handicap. Brett The Golf Guy,