Ted’s Power Series, Part 1 – The Setup

In the first of a six-part video series on improving your power with the driver, Ted Frick of the Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. talks us through the setup – from ball position to stance width to shoulder tilt. You won't want to miss these tips!

Ted Frick:

All right. So today, first I want to introduce our newest full-time teacher here at the Classic Swing Golf School. This is Karsten Kenley. And as you can see, he's got a ducky on his head, because we're trying to get his head right. But there will be a purpose of this duck in an upcoming tip.

Ted Frick:

This whole series is going to be on power. It's going to be in six parts. Stef will come in here to close the deal on power. I'm going to start us out with the setup.

Ted Frick:

You got it?

Karsten Kenley:

Right.

Ted Frick:

Here you go, brother.

Ted Frick:

All right. He's been around me since he was three years old.

Ted Frick:

So if you followed some of our tips in the last series, it was on finesse. This is the power game. So we're all going to be doing it with the driver. The first thing that starts out is how do you set up for power with the driver? This is driver exclusive.

Ted Frick:

All right, ball position. Move the ball position forward in the stance. Okay. Forward in the stance is going to help for power, because that's going to give the golfer a chance to catch the ball on the upswing. So ball back in the stance for the driver is disastrous. It really encourages a downswing and a major loss of power. So one is ball position forward. You're going to see some players even play it around the big toe of the lead foot. I'm going to keep mine about one ball inside the lead heel.

Ted Frick:

The next thing is going to be about handle location and stance width. I'm going to have the handle pointing right approximately at the belt buckle when I set up, but then a wide stance, because a wide stance encourages power, also.

Ted Frick:

My next tip on power is going to be this takeaway, the Bobby Jones drill, but a wide stance is going to help encourage a wide takeaway.

Ted Frick:

All right. The next part to the setup is this secondary bend, some call it the secondary tilt. To encourage the upswing with the driver, the golfer must set up with a trail shoulder, lower than the lead shoulder. And this is going to put a pronounced 60 percent of your pressure on your trail leg.

Ted Frick:

So to set up for success, you want to have ball position forward, wide stance, handle neutral and set up trail side heavy, by increasing your secondary bend. Guarantee something in this setup is going to be good for power for you.

Ted Frick:

All right, we're going to move on here shortly!