Powerful tee, fairway metal and iron shots aren’t just the domain of tour pros. Big golf power is within reach of every golfer if you know how to train your swing to create the conditions for long, straights shots time after time. This lesson will bring those conditions into play, and soon, if you’re willing to take some time to get a few tools together, follow every step carefully and most of all, put in the practice.
Training Tools Needed
- 6 or 7 iron club (used as your ‘training club’)
- 12-Inch piece of swim noodle
- Impact Bag
Hitting From The Top
One of the biggest power killers in the golf swing is the early release of the wrists in the downswing, often referred to as “hitting from the top” (Photos 1-2). When this happens, all the power stored up in the wrists is lost before you hit the ball. This also adds loft to the club through impact, making your club weaker and, in affect, turning your 7 iron into a 9 iron. This is evident with the backward shaft lean in Photo 3.
The result: Shots balloon high into the sky and land short of your target.
Adding a “power punch” to your shots starts with learning how to delay the release of the wrists in the downswing while releasing from the “slot,” not from the top.
WHERE: Escanaba, MI.
WHEN: Thu 2/14
Golf Grip manufacturer Golf Pride will offer the brand’s Z-Grip with its popular ALIGN Technology in 2019. The company made the announcement at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.
According to a recent survey, Golf Pride says ALIGN Technology is now used by 74 PGA Tour players. This technology was first introduced in Golf Pride brand’s MCC and MCC Plus4 hybrid grips and is also available in a Tour Velvet grip (all rubber) option. With the addition of a full cord grip to complement the existing options, Golf Pride will now offer ALIGN Technology in a full range of feel preferences.
Golf Pride says ALIGN Technology activates upon installation with a dedicated raised ridge on the back of the grip allowing for consistent hand placement and an enhanced clubface awareness.
Z-Grip ALIGN grips will hit retail on March 1 for $11.49 per standard size and $11.99 for midsize grip.
For golfers who want to get an up close look at Golf Pride’s inner working, the company’s new headquarters and research facility is scheduled to open later this year in Pinehurst, N.C. The facility is within a stone’s throw of Pinehurst Resort’s No. 8 Course.
“We super excited about it,’’ said Bruce Miller, retail product manager for Golf Pride. “The place looks absolutely phenomenal. It gives us access to all those groups and men and women who come in to play golf at the resort.’’
WHERE: Escanaba, MI. Besse Center (BESSE..
WHEN: Thu 2/14 @ 7:00 pm