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Tips from the Pro

Ben Sinclair

Golf is a game of control, precision and efficiency of movement. The competitive side in all of us has the desire to hit the ball better off the tee. Below we will talk about a couple of skills necessary for the golf ball to fly farther.

In order to talk about distance and power, we need to talk about the large muscles of the body that control the swing. The large muscles such as shoulders, torso and legs must be a major part of the swing. The hand, wrist and forearm action must be held to a minimum in order for the large muscles to take over. The more the small muscles are involved in the swing, the less distance and control your swing will generate. In order to better utilize the large muscles, incorporate a stretching routine into your daily activities. Using the motion of the swing as a guide, stretch the shoulders, torso, hip flexors and hamstrings.

The shoulder turn is the main engine for power in the golf swing. The more the engine works, the more power it will produce. Our goal here is to make as full a shoulder turn as our body will allow. If the left arm or wrist break down (bend too much) during the swing, the swing will not produce as much power. The degree in which the shoulders turn will vary from golfer to golfer, but if you achieve a greater turn, the power will come. In your golf posture, hold a golf club against your shoulders so the butt end of the club is facing your target. Turn your shoulders as if you were making a full swing. When the shoulders are finished turning, the butt end of the club should be pointing to a spot just behind the ball. The drill is designed for golfers to feel the turn of the shoulders as they would during the swing. As the shoulder turn develops and increases, you will feel as if more of the body is involved in the swing.

Get out to your local practice facility and try turning the shoulders more with an efficient weight shift and watch as the ball starts to fly farther off the tee. In the future, we will visit other avenues that will help in creating more distance off the tee.

Ben Sinclair is a PGA member and golf pro at the Park City Golf Club.

For information on lessons and tee times, please call the golf shop at 615-5800.


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