Everyone wants to have a more powerful golf swing and get a few extra yards off the tee. The problem is, there are so many different answers to creating a more powerful golf swing. We tracked down one of Myrtle Beach’s top teaching professionals, Ted Frick from the Classic Swing Golf School, to get his favorite tip for a more powerful golf swing.
So today I've got a power tip. All right, the power tip is on release. So I've got some alignment sticks. I want you to listen to the sound.
I'm going to do this right-handed. I'm creating a whoosh or a whip. And then I'm doing it left-handed.
It's actually good to do it with these alignment sticks, because you get the feedback with the sound.
So let's talk about release with a golf club. Release is a transfer of energy. So in the downswing, with the club head trailing the hand, you have this stored energy. But somewhere along the line, you’ve got to get rid of it.
So, I'm going to just do a drill here. I'll hit a shot right-handed, then left-handed. In both of those, you're going to notice how I have to also release my body, and then I'll finish up with a driver. This is a big power source.
And it's like throwing a punch. I'll never forget when I had real quick boxing lessons … It was awesome for training … My first punch I'm throwing, I'm just going like this with my punch and the guy’s saying, “Ted, you’ve gotta rotate to transfer the energy.” The same time I was sitting here just with my arm, and he's saying, “Well, you gotta go ahead and get that hip out of the way,” so it was kind of a forearm rotation with a hip action. Very, very similar to the golf swing.
Watch how I do this with the left. And you have to train them both. This is for the golfers that really have a tendency to slice the golf ball. They have no idea how to release the club.
So you'll see some tour players do some practice motions where you actually see … We use this expression at Classic Swing:
“Let the forearms cross to show the ball who's the boss.”
Yeah, I left nothing in that punch right there. There was a lot of pop. This way and a tremendous amount of pop that way. So release is a forearm action through the golf ball. Couple that with that hip action.