Want to hit the ball farther and straighter? First, it is important to have a good grip and to hold the club as soft as possible. Second, you must be connected when swinging the club as the power in a golf swing is generated by the body. A video presentation on connection can be found at www.staffordgolf.com/video.html#connection.
HOW TO GENERATE POWER
Throughout the entire swing you should let your body swing your arms, much like swinging a heavy ball at the end of a chain. If you keep your elbows together and in front of your body in the back swing, about waist high, the right elbow will fold. In the forward swing, the arms extend and in the hitting area centrifugal force will create club head speed.
The faster you can move the body in the forward swing without sacrificing a smooth rhythmic tempo the more club head speed you will develop. The left arm will rotate and the right arm will extend and cross over the left, just as a home run hitter’s arms react.
Lefthanders, please reverse the right and left arm.
It is imperative that you keep the body moving to the finish. Otherwise the arms and hands will deliver prematurely. At the completion of the swing, all the spikes on your back foot should be visible and you should be facing your target in a balanced position ready to walk down the fairway. Do not attempt to keep your head down as this will restrict the follow-thru.