Tip From the Archives
Brace Your Weight
You have been hitting the ball fat, topping, pulling, or slicing the ball and you need more power.
Make sure you are not taking the club back too quickly. It will cause a series of swing errors, starting with an improper weight shift. Your feet may even lift off of the ground a little and cause you to think that you are losing your balance.
Then your whole body will tighten and restrict your turn and arm movements. Practice taking the club back slowly. It is important to gradually increase the speed of your swing so that the fastest point of your swing is during the upswing, about 7 inches past the ball. This does not mean that the faster you whip the club back that the faster the clubhead will be moving at impact. A momentary pause at the top of the backswing should occur and this may not happen if you are overswinging the club. Notice when you take an easy backswing that it becomes easier to fully rotate and place most of your body weight onto your back leg. You will then be able to shift your weight and brace your it onto your forward heel during the downswing for a powerful acceleration.