When it comes to the golf swing, tension can be a good thing. While countless instructors- Jackie Burke included- stress the importance of getting tension out of the golf swing, it can help add power to your swing when used in the right way.
In today's lesson, Elk explains how you can gain power in your swing by resisting the coil of your upper body against that of your lower body, much like a rubber band.
While the common tendency among higher-handicapped players is to try to turn the hips as much as possible in an effort to gain more power in the backswing, Elk demonstrates why this doesn't help near as much as you think it does, and why effective sequencing can improve both your power and stability.
Find out how in the video below:
As he indicates in the video, Elk focuses on several things with his rotation during his transition:
- In the backswing, he maintains the flex in his right knee, increasing the torque through his hips and torso as they rotate to a full backswing
- Once he gets his left shoulder under his chin, he initiates the downswing by driving his left knee toward the target, followed by the unwinding of his hips
Collectively, this means that, like the rubber band in the video, Elk builds massive amounts of torque by rotating his upper body against the firm lower body, and then increasing this torque with the initiation of the pivot in the lower body to begin the downswing.
If you are looking to strengthen your transition, think of buidling torque just like the coiling of a rubber band.
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