Tap Dance Your Way to Longer Drives!
Picture 1 shows the wind up. We want to turn away from the golf ball so that our left shoulder turns under our chin, but our left hip does not move off of the golf ball. If our left hip moves backwards during the backswing, we are going to have to start the downswing by sliding that hip forward – a real power killer.
Picture 2 shows the beginning phase of the upward release. The downswing should start from the ground up with some of your weight shifting into your left heel. As the weights shifts, your left knee pulls away from the golf ball slightly, creating the incline angle across the knees in this picture.
Pictures 3 is all about creating the angle that allow us to hit up on the golf ball launching it into the air. If we think back to the rock skipping motion, as the rock is being released our right elbow bends in front of our body and the forearm elevates. We want the golf club (not the arm) to mimic this action. In order to create that upward action, we need the right shoulder to be lower than the left as the club drops ‘into the slot.’
Picture 4 shows a nice balanced finish and a full weight shift. Your goal here is to have the right shoulder under your chin, your belt buckle facing the target, and to have your right toe in the ground with minimal weight still on it. To test this idea, we are going to pick up the right foot off the ground and tap it back down on the ground. The ‘lighter’ this foot feels, the better we have shifted our weight. After you have a good feel for this action, you can leave your foot on the ground, but make sure the toe is in the ground and if someone was standing behind you they could see each and every one of your spikes – not just the ones in the heel of your shoe. On your next practice session, see how ‘heavy’ your foot feels and see if you can ‘tap-dance’ like the late great Fred Astaire.