Why You Need This: In this video, you'll discover a great golf acceleration drill.
First, here's a quick question for you...
How long of a backswing would you need to get tons of distance with your irons?
You're probably thinking that to get crazy distance, you need a super long backswing.
Well, that's not necessarily true...
Sure, a big Power Turn, as I call it, does help you get more distance...
But most of your acceleration isn't due to a super long backswing.
The drill in this video will help you focus on the moves that create the lion's share of your acceleration.
You'll improve your timing and rhythm and get more distance.
There are 3 steps to this drill...
First, take a half backswing.
Make sure you get a big shoulder turn going back.
Second, open your hips at at the start of the downswing.
Really let your hips fire and push into the ground up and away as you make contact with the ball.
Third, finish with a full follow through.
Feel like your right shoulder is nice and high...
And let your arms extend fully.
Put in around 100 half swing reps then ease into a fuller backswing.
Watch this video now to discover this great golf acceleration drill...
And pick up crazy speed in your swing!
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 5:05
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Hey guys, I’ve got a fun video for you. Let me ask you a question. How far do you hit your normal 8 iron, and where does speed come from when you hit your 8 iron? If I said to go all max out, go as hard as you can with an 8 iron, how far would you have to swing back?
If we have a lot of acceleration, I’m going to test it out here with my FlightScope. I’m going to make a little mini backswing, just about a half backswing, and I’m going t swing all the way through here. I want you to guess how far you can hit an 8 iron.
Now a normal 8 iron is about 160 yards. So how far can we go with a little half 8 iron swing? Let’s put it to the test.
There we go, hit that one really solid. Accelerated through that, and we’ll take a look at the FlightScope numbers here. So 92 miles an hour of club head speed, that’s pretty fast. A lot of people may not be getting that with their driver, and 164 yards of distance with the radar.
Now I will admit I was trying to hit that one hard, I was trying to go extra, and I just happened to really hit that one flush.
But that shows you how we can get acceleration if we use the moves correctly. We don’t have to have a great big long swing, but we do have to get speed in the right spots.
This is one of the best drills that I’ve ever had. If you guys are out there, maybe you feel lost in your swing, you feel like you’re not getting the distance that you’ve had before.
I’ve been there before, there’s been many times where I couldn’t hit an 8 iron 164 if I was trying to hit it as hard as I could, because my rhythm and my timing was off. This drill is going to be perfect for that.
All we’re going to do is take a little half backswing, and what I want you to feel like you’re doing and what I felt like I was doing, is stopping about right here. In reality I probably got a little past 9 o’clock with my left arm.
If you can imagine this is 6 o’clock straight down, 9 o’clock I probably got a little past that. I’d like for you to keep it around 9 if you can. Probably going to have to feel like you stop right here. Now from there, what do we have to do to get speed?
Well number one, just like we talk about in the Top Speed Golf System, we have to load up the body. So even though I stop my arms pretty short, in order for m to feel like I’ve got power, my shoulder’s still rotated.
If we’re watching a video slow-motion footage of me doing on of these little half swings, we’ll see that my shoulders are still rotating. I’m still getting some good lag in the downswing, and then my hips are really rotating out of the way to get that acceleration on through the shot.
I want you to break down these pieces individually. Number one, let’s go ahead and make half backswing, just to 9 o’clock. I want you to feel like your shoulders really rotate. So I get my chest to really turn as I’m right here.
Number two, I’m going to feel like my hips start to turn open as soon as I start down. I’m really going to let those hips start to fire to let me get that speed.
You may feel like – let’s imagine I’m pushing down and out into the ground this way. So I’m going to feel like I’m pushing that direction, I’m pushing that body kind of back up and out of the way because I’m pushing down this way so hard with my left foot. That’s going to help me to rotate my body.
Number three, I’m going to have some lag. Now from there, those are all the building up, those are all the starting of the downswing. The finishing of the swing, I’m going to go ahead and come all the way on through. My belt buckle and my shoulders have rotated all the way through.
I’m going to feel like my right shoulder’s nice and high and kind of facing down the target. For those of you who aren’t as flexible, you may not be able to get that far, but I definitely want to get my body momentum going this way.
Then finally, I want to feel like my arms are nice and long as I’m coming through the shot, almost like my arms are made out of rubber bands. As I hit through the shot they’re going to be stretched out away from my body as I come to that good, full finish.
Let’s break those down. Do about 100 reps getting into these key pieces. Number one, half backswing, big shoulder turn.
Number two, I’m getting some lag as I’m letting my hips start to turn out of the way. Pushing into the ground to rotate my hips open very, very quickly. I’m going to be accelerating as quickly as I can through the shot to a good, full finish with my arms being stretched away from my body like a rubber band.
If you can put these pieces together, we’re going to make this drill really, really good. We’re going to feel like we’ve got a lot of acceleration, and you’re really hitting this ball nice and crisp and clean.
Let’s go ahead and do about 100 reps just like that, getting as much speed as you can for this half swing. Then faster you’ve done that, let’s go ahead and gradually make it a little bit longer.
Let’s go from 9 o’clock to 10:30, then we’ll go all the way to a good full wing, feeling like we have those same acceleration moves, that same hitting through the shot as much as we can. Then once we get comfortable with those, we’ll go ahead and make our nice, full, normal swing.
Let’s go ahead and give one a rip. After I’ve done the acceleration, let’s see how far my full 8 iron is going to go. There we go, hit that one pretty good. I don’t think it’s going to go a whole lot farther than my little half swing. Hit the half swing so good and swung so hard, let’s see what it says.
96.7 miles an hour, so I picked up a few miles an hour, not a big deal and about 5 more yards, 165.8. So only a couple more yards on the distance. If we get acceleration in the right spots, that’s the key.
Work on these drills and you’re going to pick up some speed for your own game.