Golf Swing Power Leakers & Blockers
The perfect golf swing is a well oiled power chain, all the way
from the feet to the hands. Any weak link, leaks or blocks power
from the whole swing.
Contrary to the belief of many, it is NOT muscle strength that
gets those long shots humming, it's muscle power. And power comes
from harnessing every inch of energy from every part of the body
and building it into an explosive coil to be released at the appropriate
Postural alignment and body fluidity need to work together to effect
the perfect biomechanical movements needs to transfer power at this
This transfer of power is easily blocked by points of tension or
leakage in the coil. Stress and tension are common to new players.
Whether there is tension in the spine through lack of flexibility,
tension in the shoulders from incorrect posture, or too much pressure
in the grip. All of these weaknesses block and leak power.
Common areas of power loss are:
- Collapsing Knees
- Spinal tension
- Left Shoulder Stress
- Grip Stress
At address knees should be slightly bent and facing forward. During
the swing, knees should remain bent and braced to allow correct
power transfer up the body and to stop the hips over rotating; losing
valuable torque in the upper body.
Common knee faults during the backswing that leak power are:
Left knee collapses inward - instead keep it facing forward and
Right knee stiffens and straightens - keep weight on the inside
of the right foot, maintain a slight bend in the knee, and keep
it equally braced with the left knee.
Keeping both knees braced helps the upper body coil up like a
spring, storing essential energy to release to the ball during the
If the spine is stiff, it cannot rotate freely around the swing
axis; resulting in off-plane swings and tension in the arms as they
seek to compensate. It also results in a lot of back injuries common
to golfers. The best thing a beginner golfer can do for themselves
is undertake a
golf specific strength and flexibility training program before
they ever pick up a golf club.
Left Shoulder Stress
Your left shoulder area must be relaxed throughout the swing. Any
tension in your shoulder muscles [trapezoids and deltoids] will
block the flow of energy coming from the feet up through the body.
This is a hard one to get right but well worth persevering with.
Your grip needs to be lose enough to almost feel like the club is
going to fly out of your hands. The most common grip pressure fault
is with the thumbs, so check that these are not too tense and pressing
too hard on the club. Too much grip pressure prevents your wrists
from cocking and uncocking naturally; thereby restricting the swing
and leaking power before the optimal moment.
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