Why You Need This: Today I'll teach you the "Effortless Golf Swing | Effortless Power".
Do you struggle with distance?
Have you ever wondered how the pros can seemingly swing so effortlessly, yet hit the ball so far?
There's a good chance that you're doing one key thing that's zapping away all the power from your swing.
In today's video, I'm going to expose the one key that's making you lose all the speed in your swing.
Then I'm going to give you a series of easy drills that will eliminate this "distance killer"!
Get a smooth, effortless swing just like the pros!
Let's get started.....
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 13:58
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All right, so hit that one well. How do we have that effortless swing, that nice, smooth, rhythmic swing like we see with the top pros -- Ernie Els, and those guys, and still create good club head speed?
That’s what everybody wants to know. Do you feel like you get really tight with your hands and arms? When you try to swing hard, do you start casting the club a little bit more?
Your forearms tighten up, your arms tighten up, you feel like you’re just working really hard and your swing speed actually goes down. So how do we do that?
That’s exactly what we’re going to go over in this video. You’ll see there I swung just over 115 miles an hour, 301 yards of total distance, but it didn’t look like I swung that hard at that golf ball. That comes from two separate pieces.
Number one, I have to get momentum from the body. The big pieces in my body create the big rotation and allow the momentum to happen so that my arms can just swing freely around that.
Then piece number two, we have to learn how to transfer that energy into the hands and arms to get that whip of the club coming through contact to get that snap of speed right at contact where it feels very effortless, but our swing speed stays pretty high.
That’s exactly what I’m going to talk about in this video. Now this is a work-along video, so stand up out of your chair right now, grab a golf club.
Start doing these drills right now with me, and you’re going to thank yourself later, because we’re going to get you more club head speed and make it smooth and effortless while we’re doing that.
Let’s go ahead and get started.
All right, so let’s jump right in. The first thing we’re going to do, we’re going to lose this club and let’s work on the momentum of the body.
What I want you to do here is put your hands and arms across your shoulders, or the top of your shoulders.
We’re going to do some rotations back and through to get the body rotating and moving the way it should.
One of the problems that I see when players feel like they’re putting out a lot of effort but not getting much swing speed, is a lot of hands and arm action, not very much body action.
So they pick it up with the hands and arms, they push it through with the hands and arms, and the hands and arms are doing all the work. Your forearms are tight, but you don’t have that base momentum.
What I want you to feel like here, imagine your body is kind of encased in a giant wrecking ball, just a concrete ball around your body and you’re creating that momentum by letting that rotate back and rotate through.
Now as I’m doing this, to make this happen efficiently, I want to go ahead and let that left heel lift a little bit.
That also helps if you’re not very flexible, letting that left heel lift up allows you to rotate those hips, get the body moving there a little bit and you don’t have to be super, super flexible to make this happen.
So just put your arms across your shoulders, we’re going to do 10 reps as I’m coming back letting that left heel lift, making that wrecking ball momentum kind of rotate to the right.
Getting that good shoulder turn where I feel like now I’m at at least a 90° shoulder turn.
As I come on through, I’m going to let that heel drop down to start my momentum moving left and then I’m going to turn that wrecking ball coming all the way on around, and you can see my right foot comes all the way up.
So do a good 10 reps just kind of rocking back and forth in a fluid motion as that’s happening.
So really feel like you’re loosening yourself up, getting that big shoulder turn coming back and through, and then once you’re comfortable with that, let’s add the swinging of the arms onto this.
So the next 10 reps, go ahead and let your arms hang out to your sides. Now instead of being parallel with the ground like this, in our golf swing we’re swinging on a plane or in our posture.
So our body’s tilted forward, and we’re going to let our arms kind of swing as our body rotates. So again, do the same thing there. Let that body momentum carry you to the right and then let your arms swing back.
Now you drive that left heel down, let the momentum move to the left, and you can let the arms swing on through.
We’re going to do 10 more reps of this, letting those arms go back, letting those arms go through.
As you do that, you can start to feel the body carrying the momentum, and the arms are just swinging kind of effortlessly as this is happening.
That’s a real key into creating club head speed without being jerky. Let me give you an example of this when I’m swinging a club.
I’m going to let my body, the momentum of my body, carry my arms back and through and we’ll see what that looks like. So nice and smooth, and I’m letting the transition of my body kind of move my arms.
This would be the opposite of that. I’m going to do my arms putting out all the effort and the force, and my body isn’t going to move, it’s going to look like this.
I’m probably swinging about the same speed there, but one of them my hands were very tight. I flipped, I felt like I was very uncontrollable on it when I did all hands and arms.
The other one, I let that momentum build, and let my arms swing, that made things a lot easier.
All right, so now let’s add the club with this, but before we do that, let’s get used to the whipping of our arms having this little whip and acceleration as we’re coming through contact.
So again, get the body moving, get those arms swinging. As you’re coming through contact, feel like your arms kind of accelerate right through contact.
Smooth at the top, they’re whipping or accelerating through contact, and they’re smooth at the finish. Again, 10 reps, really getting that speed just happening down at the golf ball.
That’s where you want to have the speed in your golf swing. If I’m trying to create speed back here, and hit hard from the top, I’m burning up all my swing speed. As I start down, it’s going to look rushed. It’s going to look really jerky.
Do a few of those to get that feeling, and then recreate the same thing. 10 more reps swinging the golf club.
Again, imagine the wrecking ball, momentum back, momentum through. Allow my arms to swing back, snap of speed at the bottom, but smooth as I’m at the top, and smooth as I’m at the finish.
That’s going to look something like this. I’m going to do 10 reps, nice and smooth everywhere except for the bottom. Let the body carry the momentum of the club, let those arms swing freely.
I’m going to do 10 reps of that, then I’m ready to move on to the next piece.
OK, so now you may be asking yourself, I understand I’m supposed to be smooth here at the top, I understand I’m supposed to be smooth at the finish, but man when I hit the ball with any kind of distance, I definitely feel like I have to tighten up and start putting some force into that club.
Well here’s a great trick that’s going to help you to stay soft with those arms. The reason we want to do this again, is if I get tight with my forearms, let’s imagine I’m going to start flipping the club and casting from the top.
In order to do that, my forearms tighten up, my bicep and my tricep tighten up, not only with my left arm, but more importantly my right arm starts doing that.
So I go from an elbow leading the way to kind of throwing with the right arm, right arm straightens up, all these muscles get tight.
A great way to get rid of that tensions so that you can have some lag, if I want to have some lag I have to have those arms soft, let this stay bent, carry that angle down, and then I can release it at the bottom where we get that snap of speed.
If I want to get rid of that tension, a great little drill to do is go ahead and get in your set up position, and then from there, kind of move your elbows in a circle.
So I’m just going to go ahead and relax my elbows, move around a little bit left and right. Feel like I really take the tension out of my arms before I swing.
Then from there, I want to feel like I carry that tension over as I start my downswing, to get that lag.
Then when we come on through, I’m opening everything up, letting the body momentum open, and releasing that lag out in front of the golf ball.
If you get tight at all with your forearms, if you get tight at all with your elbows, those elbows lock up, you try to guide the swing, it’s going to look like this.
Big cast at the top, and then pushing everything through, very low swing speed, and very high effort.
Do another 10 reps, loosen up those elbows a little bit. Make 10 more swings letting the body momentum carry the way, get used to that tension-free swing.
Then we’re going to move it on to the last piece which is now that we had this lag, and we allowed those elbows to stay soft to get that lag, now let’s talk about how to release that and when to let the arms fire to get that snap of speed.
All right, so let’s take it to the final piece. We started from the ground up, worked on the feet and worked on the body, worked out to the arms.
Now let’s go to the last missing link here, which is that club, it has got a lot of lag, let’s release that lag.
What I found is players a lot of times struggle releasing lag and understanding what they need to do to release lag, and they end up getting tight to try to control that, to try to drag that on through.
What we really need to be doing is being soft with those arms, and then releasing lag as hard as we can past the golf ball, which we’ll go through here.
Now in order to control this club, we’re going to be swinging at some pretty high club head speed here.
If I don’t have the proper grip, if I don’t have my hands on the grip the proper way, what I’m going to end up doing is tightening up my hands to try to not lose control of this club.
So what I mean by this, is if I grab a tee, you can do this very easily. Again, grab anything laying around, you could even grab a pencil or a pen.
If I put the tee, or the pin, or whatever is, between my thumb and my index finger, just like I’m going to hand this to you, that’s naturally going to close up all the gaps in my hand.
A lot of times what I’ll see players doing when they’re gripping the golf club, is they’ll be gripping it like a hammer.
Whereas my thumb’s almost wrapped around, and then thumb kind of comes off my fingers this way. So you can see there’s big gaps in my thumb and my finger.
There’s gaps as I’m coming through here, and what happens is as I start to swing, that club can slide around in these gaps and I can lose control of this face. A couple degrees off on the face, and we’re going to have big misses right or left.
So having that club being able to move around like that in your hand, going to be really tough to control this, and be able to create lag and release lag very quickly and efficiently without trying to tighten up and guide the club face.
What we’re going to do here, instead of having that thumb out long like this, it looks something like that for the grip, what we’re going to do is pull that thumb back to what I call a short thumb that’s going to angle your hand more on the grip.
You’ll see how that kind of closes up all the pockets. Now every little gap of air, and what you’ll feel like is it almost sucks the air out of your grip, is now gone and I have that short thumb just like I was going to hand you that tee, or hand you a pin between my index finger and my thumb.
So when I do that, now when I look at the club, I open up my hand, you’ll see how my hand is a little bit more angled like this.
It’s not on there like baseball grip, that way, it’s kind of angled this way. That allows my thumb to shorten up, and now all those air pockets are closed.
I do the same thing with the right hand. Instead of having the hand like this, and having that thumb kind of loose off to the side, a lot of gaps where this club could move around, I’m going to shorten up that thumb, pull my hand closer to my left hand.
You’re going to do an interlock or overlap, either one is fine, or even if you do a baseball grip that’s fine, we just have to take out all the air from there.
Now you can see how every little pocket of air in here is going to be sealed up. When that happens, now if I relax my hands and you tried to pull this out of my hand, it would have a tough time coming out of there.
I have so much surface area of my hands on this club, it’s creating a lot of surface tension and you can’t really grab that out of my hand very easily.
What that allows me to do, you say OK, Clay we’ve been talking about this grip for a while now, what does that allow me to do with lag and release and the effortless swing?
When I can stay really nice and loose and relaxed with my hands, and still have control of this golf club, now I can let my wrists be soft.
So you’ll see here as I’m kind of letting this club swing back and through, my wrist are very soft but I could swing very hard while I’m doing that and still feel like I’m gaining control or have control of this club.
Feel like you tighten up those air pockets by pulling that thumb back short, and then from there, now you can remain soft and loose with the wrist.
When we make that downswing, we talk about those elbows and the wrist being soft when we create this big angle, now I can release that and my wrists are fluid enough to release to what we call the Straight-Line Release point.
Once I get all of that lag, I’m just thinking about opening up my body, carrying that momentum, everything’s going to that Straight-Line Release, I’m swinging through and letting the contact of the ball happen.
That only happens if my wrists are nice and loose and pliable. If I feel like I have to control this club with my grip, I get tight with my hands, I’m automatically going to cast from the top.
My right arm’s going to straighten out, and I’m going to flip and really have a bad impact position.
Let’s put all those pieces together now. We’ve gone through these reps, you’re starting to feel good with it.
Try to stay loose, try to stay relaxed, and feel like the momentum of the body carries the swing speed, but my hands and arms allow that club to snap through impact and toward my Straight-Line Release.
Let’s go ahead and hit one more here, get that effortless swing, see if we can get another 300-yard drive.
There we go, right down the left center. Definitely did well there. I definitely felt like my wrists could go ahead, let them go to the release point in front.
My swing speed just happened without me trying to kill it. So my club head speed actually went up a little bit on that one. 117 after doing those drills, got the momentum going.
My total distance carried it 300, rolled out to 307. So definitely happy with that. You guys are going to be happy with it too once you practice these drills.
All right, so we don’t want to stop here, like we talked about we had a lot of great information in this video. We talked about how to create momentum from your body.
Now a lot of you that are members of the website probably recognize this, that’s the Power Turn.
In the Power Turn system, we talk about how to get those hips turning, those shoulders turning, really to get wound up to feel like we get a lot of momentum from the body, and that can carry through to the arms much, much easier.
I don’t want you to stop here. Go to the Power Turn section, just click on the Instruction tab at the top of the home screen, then go to the Top Speed Golf System, go to the Power Turn section, and start working through those videos.
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, we’ve got to ingrain these so we don’t even have to think about the Power Turn. So whenever we step up to a golf ball, we just swing, we just visualize our target, and all these good things happen naturally.
That’s how we’re going to build that by working through that system.
Another thing we talked about here is the Straight-Line Release, also in the Top Speed Golf System. We get everything, we get this great lag, and then we get the release out in front, that’s going to allow contact to happen very naturally.
Again, if you want that to happen without even thinking about it, so it’s completely automatic and you can just swing and all these great things just show up in your swing.
We’ve got to work through that system. That’s the way to build these moves in there. Hitting one video, even though there’s tons of great content in this video.
Going out there and just doing this one and not thinking about it for a month, that’s not going to give you the long-lasting results.
This is a great starting point, then let’s go back in the System and ingrain these motions, ingrain these moves.
Get that Power Turn, get the lag in the Top Speed Golf System, get the Straight-Line Release in the Top Speed Golf System, and you’re going to develop a killer golf swing.
Best of luck, let’s go ahead and get started in the Power Turn.