If you take some time to read this carefully, you'll see how difficult it really is, to combine all the "factors" it takes to produce quality golf shots. There are many trade-offs.
First, playing golf is about two things... DIRECTION & DISTANCE. Second, knowing what your goal for the game is, helps make the decisions about direction & distance. Now, let's look at the "factors" that make the ball move. 1. The club face moves the ball. The club face has a "center of percussion" or ( sweet spot) that will maximize impact for the greatest distance. So, we want the club face to meet the ball through impact, on the sweet spot. 2. The path (the club face is traveling on at impact) also determines the amount of distance we will get on the ball. If this path approaches the ball from directly behind the ball, straight through the ball on our target line, we again maximize for the greatest distance. 3. Now, we can have a perfect path, and meet the sweet spot, but if the "face" is open or closed (to the path), we won't get the direction we want. We need the face to be square to the path and target line, to get maximum distance and direction. Okay... now another little known or (if ever) discussed factor that is a very big part of my method is " mass". Every one talks about club head speed, like it is the "goal" that will produce great distance. I don't agree. Consider this: 1. Traditional golf downswing... clear the hips (okay they're done), now throw the club head at the ball as hard as you can. Throwing or Releasing will be accomplished by the hands... so at impact, the only thing still moving is, the golf club, pivoting at your wrists, moving the club head "x" speed. Note, the radius at this point is only the length of the golf club (since we're flipping). This type of swing produces the mass of the club head only, traveling at "x". 2. My method... At impact... ALL of the body mass and golf club, are moving the ball as the body is accelerating. Also, our radius is almost twice that of traditional method, since we don't flip. I believe if done correctly, the body and golf club all work as a "sweet spot". You feel impact across your entire body (not just the hands). THE POINT HERE IS... if you were standing and someone ran into you at 20 mph., they'd move you "x".... but, if you were hit by a big semi truck going 20 mph., you'd be moved a lot farther. The only difference was the mass. Now, to answer your questions. My method is not to teach golfers to "Hit the ball Far" (even though you can when done right). My method is about reliability, consistency, repeatability ,so you can " score". Using the Large Muscles vs. the hands can accomplish this. Golf is fun when the ball goes straight. Don't get me wrong, it can go far too with my method when maximized. KEY(s) TO POWER The "keys" to power with my method are: 1. Athletic Stance. 2. Shaft in line with the front arm at setup and elbows pointing back at hips close together. 3. Using only the shoulders to move the arm/club on the backswing (winding from top down). 4. Resisting with the lower body on the takeaway (to take the slack out of the back muscles), until the shoulders turning, rotate the hips a bit. THIS MOVE CREATES A TON OF POWER! 5. Keeping at least 60% (or more) on the forward leg. This is the anchor to create the potential in #4. Without this you get a slide lift action that is useless. 6. Starting the downswing (unwinding from ground up). I think using the hips/thighs to start is the best. This move is just like throwing a ball. The body unwinds. 7. Accelerating all the way to the finish. The faster you unwind, the farther the ball goes. This is not just unwinding back to the ball... this is commitment to completely unwind to face the target. 8. More of a side effect of a powerful swing... at the finish, you are totally balanced, facing left of the target, with the weight on the outside of your front foot. If you fall towards the back foot... you flipped (not good). Again, ideally, at impact, ALL of the body is moving the ball, shaft still in line with the front arm, front wrist flat (or bowed out a bit), back wrist bent in a bit supporting, elbows still close (pointing back at hips), head still in the setup position, until the back shoulder brings it out and up. Sorry, I don't do golf tips like "grip it an rip it" and it will go far. There is no one trick, to hitting far and straight. The more of these factors that you can get working together, the farther the ball will travel. This is a method and those that put in the time & effort will improve. The drills are the key to my method. They teach your body how to move.
Move Less ... Get Good! DUPLESSISGOLF