How to Generate Power in Your Golf Swing - dummies

How to Generate Power in Your Golf Swing

By Gary McCord

When you hit your golf ball, you want it to really travel, right? So, you need to generate some power in your shot. This power comes from a combination of the body twisting around a slightly moving pivot point, and the arms and hands swinging up and around on the backswing, and then down and around in the forward swing. All of which occurs in the space of about a second!

The key to optimum power is to try to turn your back to the target on your backswing (see the following figure). So, on the backswing, turn your left shoulder under your chin until your shoulder is over your right foot. Make sure that you turn your shoulders far enough — don’t just raise your arms. Turning your shoulders ensures that you have power for the forward move. When your hips and shoulders unwind on the downswing, you create a real power surge.


To build momentum and swing speed, lady golfers generally rely less on muscle and more on a longer backswing. A long backswing allows complete rotation in the left shoulder, which enables the left arm to extend fully and cocks the wrist to help release power.

This simple exercise can improve wrist strength — and you can do it almost anywhere:

  1. Take a tennis ball in your hand and squeeze until it hurts.

  2. Switch hands and do the same thing.

You don’t have to give yourself carpal tunnel syndrome — just repeat this exercise for at least five minutes with each hand. You’ll notice gradual improvement in your wrist and forearm strength, which will help you avoid wrist injury and arm fatigue — and will add yards to your drives.