Spring Load your Golf Swing For Longer Drives

In many ways the golf swing is like a spring. You load it up in the back swing and unload it in the downswing. You see, the real power in a golf swing doesn’t come from swinging your arms at the ball, instead it comes from unloading the “springs” in few key places of the body. When you unload those “springs” properly you develop the kind of raw power that results in longer straighter drives. When you do this right your arms are just along for the ride.

As PGA Pro Bill McKinney explains in the video above there are several places where you can build tension in your back swing that will store power to be released into the ball during impact. Let’s start from the ground and work our way up.

The first “spring” is your rear foot. With your rear foot firmly planted on the ground you can build power by simply resisting the rotating force of the backswing that tries to rotate your foot outward.

The next “spring” is your rear leg and knee. By moving your knee slightly outward while keeping your rear foot firmly planted you can store more energy for the downswing. As you saw in the video it’s not a big movement, but it adds a lot of power. And when you do it right you can certainly feel the tension.

Your rear glute and hip are the next “spring” that you need to load. By rotating backwards on your rear hip (this is different than rotating your core/waist) you add another layer of power.

You’ve most likely heard about loading your core in the backswing, it’s the next “spring” you’ll want to wind up. This one is pretty simple, rotating your spine in the backswing like you are trying to see what is behind you without moving your feet adds even more power to your swing. While loading the core is by far the biggest movement in this loading sequence, the other “springs” are what give the core the foundation it needs to develop serious power. Without the right foundation loading your core might as well be like bending a wet noodle.

Last but not least is your front shoulder; it’s the last “spring” in the sequence. By keeping your front arm extended for as long as possible in the back swing you add some major power to your swing. If you allow your front arm to fold too soon this spring never gets loaded.

When you load all these springs your golf swing turns into a drawn bow, ready to release its stored energy and send the arrow (golf ball in this case) hurling down range.

Releasing all these springs is the easy part, as long as you don’t over think it or try to get your arms involved.

For more ways to add power and distance to your drives click here.

Do you know where the Golf Power Point is?

If you want more distance and power from your golf swing understanding this simple concept is absolutely crucial. This concept is explained in many different ways and thanks to countless bad explanations it all to often confuses golfers, actually hurting their golf swing.

That’s why I got world renowned golf instructor Darrell Klassen on camera to clear the air on this topic. The explanation given above by Darrell Klassen is one of the simplest and most straight forward golf lessons I’ve ever heard so listen up!

The main point of this lesson is that while many instructors and TV golf personalities have the right idea in mind they are simply explaining it wrong. For maximum distance and power you DO want to explode maximum power into the golf ball at impact. However, in order to accomplish this you must actually focus your energy on a point beyond the golf ball – a simple tweak that makes all the difference.

Why? The answer is simple. If you focus on achieving maximum club head speed right before you reach the ball you will naturally stop accelerating through impact (your brain says “I just hit the ball, we slow down now”). The problem is for maximum power and distance you must still be accelerating at impact.

The easiest and most effective way to ensure that you accelerate through the ball for maximum energy transfer is to focus on a point about a foot beyond the golf ball. What is the result? Nothing major just longer more consistent drives.

This simple trick is 100% mental. You are still swinging on the same path, doing essentially the same thing. You are only changing your mental focus so that you accelerate for a split second longer, a split second that will be a huge boost for you golf swing.

For more of Darrell’s simplified golf instruction Click Here.

Are you adding strokes to your score before you even tee up a ball?

By using the tee box strategically you can easily save yourself 7-10 strokes per round. How is that possible? It’s quite simple really, and it depends on whether your ball flight is naturally a fade, a draw, or the ever so illusive straight shot. Your typical ball flight should determine whether you tee up on the right side of the tee box, the left side of the tee box, or the center of the box. This allows you to use the whole fairway to your advantage, here’s how…

If you normally hit a fade and tee up in the center of the tee box aiming straight down the middle of the fairway, the chances of you landing on the left half of the fairway is virtually non-existent. The chances of you fading the ball a bit too much is probably not that uncommon and will land you in the rough. You are essentially giving up half of the fairway for no good reason.

The same is true for those with a draw, except they are giving up the right half of the fairway when they tee up in the center of the box. There is absolutely no reason to do this. Don’t just jump out of the cart and tee up your ball anywhere on the tee box, ball placement on the tee box matters, so play to your strengths.

If you hit a fade (for a right hander) you should be teeing up your ball on the right side of the tee box and aiming at the left side of the fairway. The result: If you happen to hit is straight, no big deal your on the left side of the fairway. If you hit your typical fade your smack dab in the center. And if your fade turns into a small slice your much more likely to wind up on the right side of the fairway than in the rough.

Pretty simple right?

The opposite is true for a draw, you’ll want to line up on the left side of the box and aim at the right side of the fairway.

Remember golf is a game of skill, but also of strategy. Nobody has a perfect swing. Great golfers are the ones who use strategy to work the ball around the course with the swing they have.

Tee box position is not a decision to go “brain-dead” on. It matters a whole lot, and ignoring it can land you in the junk all day long. This simple strategy can save you some serious grief and a lot of strokes. Who knows you might even pick up a few more skins through out day…

For more great score slashing techniques click here.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Greg McHatton’s Cart Pushing Drill For Longer Golf Drives

Hey, Doc here, bringing you yet another free golf tip…

We’ve all heard it time and again – power in the golf swing comes from the core. The problem is, unless you know how to properly use your core, this advice does little good. That’s about to change.

In the video above you find award winning golf instructor and PGA Pro Greg McHatton explaining how to develop massive power from your hips. The kind of raw power that translates into 300 yard drives.

As you can see Greg’s teaching methods can be a bit unorthodox, but it works, and that’s all that really matters. This drill is all about learning how to “drag” the club toward the ball using your core, instead of flipping the head of the club at the ball with your wrists. The key to making this dragging motion work is using your core.

Your hips lead this dragging motion by sliding forward. That’s where the golf cart comes in. We can all slide our hips forward, the question is can we do it in a way that delivers serious power to the golf ball. By forcing yourself to push up against a heavy object, like the golf cart, you will naturally put your lower body into a powerful position. This means your right foot is firmly planted driving into the heavy object and your knees don’t collapse toward each other.

This is also a perfect drill to teach you how to use and feel the ground in the golf swing. You can’t hit 300+ yard drives without feeling and using the ground beneath you.

The trick is ingraining this feeling into your body so you can repeat it without a heavy object to push against. Once you do that you’ll be able to tap into a whole other level of power in your golf swing.

This drill should help teach you how to lead your downswing with your hip slide, not your arms. The hips accelerate the club longitudinally, one of the keys to developing pro level club head speed. If you aren’t sliding forward you are missing out on this crucial longitudinal acceleration.

For more simple and effective golf tips for longer drives check out Greg McHatton’s “Perfect Results” DVD package

For better golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Golf’s “Toughest Shot” made Easy: Conquer the Long Bunker

We’ve all been there, staring down 20 yards of sand followed by a mere 5 yards of green before the pin. You know what happens next, either you use your normal sand wedge shot hoping it’ll land just at the start of the green without rolling too far from the pin, or you decide to play it safe and simply over shoot the pin simply hoping to stay on the green.

Neither option is very good. In the first instance you’ll most likely hit it short with another bunker shot to follow. And in the second option a double bogie is all too likely.

Long Bunker Shots Don’t Have To Be Hard.

That’s right, with the right club these shots are quite simple. For these situations you need a shot that is all flight and little or no roll. That means high loft and tons of back spin. With this combination you can swing aggressively (with none of the decelerating or hesitation that always leads to mishaps) and give yourself an easy par, maybe even a birdie putt if your game is on. The MZ-65 Money Zone Wedge was designed with this shot (and many others) in mind.

The simple fact is you will rarely practice these long bunker shot often enough nail down the kind of precision required to get it right, if you’re using a sand wedge. They only happen once every few rounds. With the MZ-65 you don’t need to practice this shot to get it right. As long as you hit the MZ-65 on the range every once in a while, just to nail down your distances, you’ll be able to use it to get out of trouble with confidence.

The secret is in the loft, the box grooves, and milled micro-grooves. This combination puts so much spin on the ball that there is virtually no roll. Just pick your distance, swing accordingly and watch the look on your buddies faces as your ball sits right where you wanted. With no roll to account for, no bad breaks, holes, thick clumps of unseen grass, or anything else to screw things up, these shots get a whole lot easier.

We all know that confidence is a big part of playing great golf. Being able to approach these tricky shots aggressively will give you much more confidence in your swing, resulting in fewer errors and lower scores.

So do yourself a favor and check out the MZ-65 Money Zone Wedge right now.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

How Flying Wedges Can Lower Your Golf Score

Hey it’s Doc O’Leary here with another free golf video for you. Improving your golf short game is all about consistency. Once you develop a consistent chip shot you can start predicting the trajectory and distance of these shot and start getting closer to the pin.

To develop this kind of consistency in your chip shots you have to eliminate bad habits.

One of the most pervasive bad habits is using the wrists during these short chip shots. Using the wrists introduces all sorts of problems. Yes, you may hit an amazing shot every once in a while if you use your wrists while chipping, but overall you will not be consistent and you’ll have a hard time shaving strokes off your golf scores.

This golf drill in this video is all about learning to chip with your pivot, not with your arms or wrists.

To teach this Bobby Schaeffer likes to use the concept of the “flying wedges.” To avoid confusion I’m going to go more into depth about what those wedges are. He explains it more fully in another part of this instructional DVD.

Basically if you put your arms and hands in the proper impact position (as shown at the beginning of the clip) the club shaft will make two very important angles (flying wedges) with your arms.

The first flying wedge is most obvious. There should be a fixed angle (wedge) between the handle of the golf club and your right forearm. This wedge is nice and wide. It’s stable and by maintaining this wedge you’ll also have to keep your right elbow bend and in toward your body.

The second flying wedge is less obvious. There will be a smaller fixed angle between the very end of the golf club handle and the underside of your left forearm. This angle (wedge) only exists when you are choked down on the golf club a bit.

By focusing on keeping these flying wedges fixed throughout your golf chip shots you’ll be forced to use your torso and core pivot to move the golf club. This is exactly what you want.

The drill using two golf clubs, one under your arm pit, takes this concept to the next level. It prevents you from using your wrists even if you want to.

By taking your wrists out of the equation your golf chip shots will start improving dramatically, and so will your ability to score around the greens.

This clip came to you from Bobby Schaeffer’s Beyond Long DVD package. For access to the whole program click here.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Golf Tip – Can A Metronome Help You Sink Putts?

Having a consistent repeatable stroke is a big part of sinking putts. This golf tip will definitely help you sink more 8 to 10 footers. More importantly this putting drill will help you sink those 4 to 6 foot putts where your nerves and the pressure of losing a round are weighing on you.

It’s all about having a consistent rhythm ingrained in your head so that no matter what kind of putt you are facing you know exactly what to do.

The metronome is a great tool for developing rhythm and tempo, after all that’s why musicians have been using them for nearly two centuries.

So how do you use a metronome to improve your putting? It’s very simple. First of all you’re only using the metronome for that very last part of your whole putting routine. It wouldn’t make sense to hold yourself to a strict rhythm while reading and aligning your putts.

Instead you’ll only be using the metronome for about the last 4 seconds of your putting routine, the part where you take your last look at the hole then make your putt. To do this you have to break those last few seconds down into specific movements. As Bobby Schaeffer points out in the video those movements are 1) Your last look at the hole 2) Moving your eyes back to the ball 3) Taking the putter back and 4) Impact with the ball.

When you learn to do these four steps in a set rhythm you’ll be able relax even during tough putts. Having a set routine means you won’t really have to think about much during the stroke, you already know the exact movements you are going to make and how long they will take.

The actual speed you set the metronome to doesn’t matter all that much. What matters it that you learn to use that same rhythm every time you make a putt.

You can certainly use this drill without a metronome but having a metronome will help keep you honest. Also listening to the continuous beats will help you internalize whatever putting rhythm you choose.

For more tips on becoming a master of putting check out Bobby Schaeffer’s Hot Touch Putting.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Golf Tip -The Hybrid “Floater” Shot with Marc Minier

One of the biggest challenges in golf is that on the golf course there are hundreds of different types of shots you may need to make, yet you only have 14 clubs in your bag.

The solution, learn to hit clubs in many different ways. That’s where this golf tip from PGA Golf Pro Marc Minier comes in. In this video he shows you one of the many ways you hit a hybrid golf club.

The “Floater” shot is great when you need to get some serious distance (maybe from a not so good lie) but need the ball to get high, land softly, and have a short roll. Your traditional 3 or 4 iron simply won’t cut it for this kind of situation.

To hit this shot you need to do three things.

First, put the ball at the front of your stance (off your left toe). Second you need to close your stance so you aren’t reaching for the ball. Third keep your shoulders aligned with your target.

When you swing you are going to be swinging the golf club a bit softer than normal. You also want to make sure you are swinging the club along your shoulder line not along your stance.

The result should be a nice shot that gets high, carries a bit shorter than a full swing and doesn’t roll too far. Perfect for when you need a long shot to stick on a green. This shot should also fade a bit due to your closed stance and outside-in swing path.

This is just one more way to improve your game using hybrid golf clubs. As Marc said in the video you simply can’t do this with a 3 iron. Not to mention the fact that hitting a solid shot with a hybrid is so much easier than hitting a 3 iron.

If you don’t yet have any hybrids in your bag I recommend you check out my Hot Metal Hybrids. You’ll be glad you did.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP Golf

How Can A Marshmallow Improve You Golf Swing?

Strange tip I know…but I’ve seen this trick help many golfers.

Like Darrell says in the video it is difficult for many golfers to take their mind off the golf ball when practicing.

You may be wondering “why would I want to take my mind off hitting the golf ball, isn’t that the whole point of golf.” Think of it this way, is it possible to make a good golf swing without hitting a ball? I think so.

For many golfers the second you put a ball in front of them their natural swing disappears and they start to hit AT the ball, not THROUGH it.

When you aren’t hitting through the ball you are slowing down at impact. Slowing down at impact can cause a whole bunch of nasty things to happen to your golf swing, not to mention it robs power and distance from your golf shots.

The marshmallow trick allows you to focus on your swing NOT what you are hitting. Once you focus on your golf swing it is much easier to accelerate through the point of impact.

Like Darrell explained in the video the best way to practice with this trick is to swing and imagine hitting an object that is a foot or so past the ball/marshmallow. The ball or marshmallow will naturally get in the way. When the ball is just getting in the way as you accelerate toward the imaginary object you will know that you are hitting through the ball.

This will maximize your distance and and eliminate all the problems that come from decelerating before impact.

For more golf instruction from Darrell Klassen check out his signature series package. It’s a great deal you don’t want to miss out on.

Falling Victim To The Putting Illusion?

As Bobby said in the video the importance of proper putting cannot be ignored if you want to shoot low scores. I’ll admit putting isn’t the most fun thing to talk about, but let’s face it consistently dropping 6 footers will take a serious bite out of your score (plus it will drive your golf buddies nuts).

Golf is a mental game and putting relies even more heavily on your mental state and confidence level. That’s why overcoming the illusion Bobby talked about is so important if you want to become a consistent putter.

Focusing on keeping the putter face perpendicular to the target line through your whole stroke will drive you nuts, force you to do some funny things, and cause you to lose confidence on the green.

To eliminate many of those problems all you need to do is understand that the putter face will open and close naturally through your putter stroke.

Some guys intuitively understand this or simply go with what work, and through chance and luck they figure it out. Others guys (like me) need to understand this phenomenon conceptually before our brains will let us trust the putter stroke.

This video and the inclined plane tool should prove to you that taking the putter straight back on the inclined plane results in the putter face opening up. The same rules of geometry that caused it to open up will cause it to be square when it hits the ball. So as long as you take the putter straight back you don’t need to worry about getting or keeping the putter face square at impact.

All it really comes down to is accepting that this is fact of golf. It will allow you to focus on much more important things while putting, such as your speed, follow-through, break, and the speed of the greens that day.

You probably don’t have an inclined plane at home so use a score card like Bobby showed in the video if you need to prove it to yourself. The score card will also help you ensure that you are bringing the putter straight back.

For more putting tips and tricks from Bobby Schaeffer check out his Hot Touch DVD Package. This stuff will shave some serous strokes off your score.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

2 Simple Steps To Longer Drives

To get the most distance out of your drives you want to make sure you are making contact with the right spot on your driver. Everyone has heard of the sweet spot on the golf club, but you may have never heard of the hot spot.

The hot spot is a relatively new term that really only applies to the big drivers on the market today. If you have a driver with a large club face hitting the sweet spot of the club will certainly produce a great drive, but make contact a little higher up and you will get even more distance out of your golf drives.

As Bill McKinney said in the video hitting the hot spot gives you a higher launch angle and less back spin. Both of these equate to more distance. The trouble is without a long tee you won’t be able to hit the hot spot. So do yourself a favor and get some taller tees. You’ll be able to maximize your swing and your equipment for longer drives.

There is a bit of a trick to using longer tees. Luckily I’ve got a video that explains this trick and how to get those long tees working for you. You can see it right here (Tee it High).

The other thing that will boost your drives is making sure your spine is tilted back during impact. At address your spine should be straight, but during your downswing your upper body should be behind your hips.

Having your torso tilted back improves the launch angle of your drives even more, and it also reduced backspin on the ball.

These two tips combined should have you hitting longer drives in no time. So go hit the range before you next round and see if you can work these tips into your swing.

For more great instruction from Bill McKinney check out his Natural Power Golf Swing.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP Direct

Golf Tip for More Golf Clubhead Speed & Longer Drives

Who doesn’t want more club head speed? This is one of the simplest ways you can boost your club head speed and start hitting longer drives.

This warm-up swing forces your golf swing to have a longer, wider arc. The longer the arc of your golf swing the more time you have to speed up the club head, which is exactly what you want to do.

Widening the arc of your swing also helps prevent you from swinging from the outside-in (which is what causes a slice). Starting a warm-up swing with the club head held out in front of you makes it practically impossible to swing outside-in. So if you slice the golf ball this is an especially good warm up.

This practice golf swing has one more advantage. Many players strike the ground on their warm up swing, whether they are getting ready for a drive or a 100 yard pitch shot.

This subconsciously trains your mind to strike the ground first not the ball (this is almost always a problem, unless you are hitting out of a bunker). If you are doing this you are literally training yourself to hit fat shots.

You want to train your brain to hit the ball first, so starting your practice swing up off the ground takes your focus off the ground and puts it on your swing and the golf ball (the two most important things in golf).

On the downswing of your practice swing just skim the grass, there is no purpose to hitting the ground (your golf scores and the greenskeeper will be thanking you).

If you want to start hitting longer more consistent drives try using the practice swing in the video above.

For more great golf tips like this check out Marc Minier’s “Squaring It Up”.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Turn Every Golf Club Into Three With Trajectory Control

Learning to control the trajectory of your golf shots is crucial if you want to take your game to the next level.

Trajectory control is one of the ways you can quickly multiply the number of clubs in your bag. Just think about it, if you can hit all of your clubs at three distinct trajectories it’s effectively like tripling the number of clubs in your bag.

As Bill McKinney showed you in the video changing the trajectory is as simple as moving the ball around in your stance and moving your hands more or less forward at impact.

To lower the trajectory of a golf shot (keep the ball flight lower) simply move the ball back a bit in your stance, and increase the forward shaft tilt at impact (move your hands ahead of the club head and ball). Both of these changes take loft away from the club.

A low trajectory shot is great for staying under trees, cutting through the wind, or getting more roll out of the shot.

To increase the trajectory of a golf shot (get the ball higher in the air) you want to play the ball forward in your stance. At impact you want less forward shaft tilt (although your hands still need to be a bit ahead of the ball and club head). You still want to maintain a flat left wrist, even for a high trajectory golf shot.

For these high trajectory golf shots you will be striking the ball right at the bottom of the swing arc. This means that you will take little to no divot on the shot.

This shot will feel more like you are sweeping the ball up. However you don’t want to try to flick the ball into the air, you must remember to stay down through the shot.

High trajectory golf shots are great for getting over trees or getting less roll from a shot.

For more great golf instruction from Bill McKinney Click Here.

Go out there and try this technique.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP Golf

Hit Longer Drives Using This Weird Bucket Drill

The key to hitting longer drives is developing a more powerful golf swing. As many of you know swing power is not developed in the arms. Instead the power in the golf swing comes from your core and your pivot.

One of the crucial ways you get power out of your core is by creating torque from your torso. It’s kind of like winding up a spring (your spine is the spring). The trouble is many golfers think they are winding up their torso, when in reality they are just turning their whole body during the back swing.

To visualize this, think of a bungee cord going from your right shoulder to your left knee. If you turn your shoulders the same amount as you turn your hips there won’t be much tension in that imaginary bungee cord. In other words there isn’t much torque in that swing.

If however you rotate your shoulders more than your hips you would be stretching that cord and storing a lot of torque and power in your golf swing.

Now don’t get me wrong your hips and knees will rotate to the right during the backswing. The key is that for a powerful swing your shoulders must rotate further.

The key to this simple golf bucket drill it that is makes you conscious of how you are winding up your torso and hips. You can see and feel it right away.

If the bucket is pointed in the same direction as your shoulders you know you haven’t created any torque in your golf swing. That’s what makes this golf drill so powerful. You don’t need anybody to watch your swing, and there is no guess work (even better it’s free).

So go out there and try this out.

For more great tips like this from PGA Golf Pro Marc Minier (He’s also received the Teacher of the Year Award 4 times) Click Here.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP

Lower Your Golf Score With Better Chipping

Chipping is a crucial part of golf. You can’t hit every green in regulation (even the pro’s don’t), so being able to chip it close enough to one putt is the secret to making or saving par, while your buddies are struggling for bogie or worse.

As you saw in the video getting the golf ball high is crucial when you need to get over a bunker, or any other obstacle around the green.

To get the ball high into the air with a chip shot you have to do a couple things to your golf swing. First you need to put your weight slightly back onto your right leg. Next you need to take the club back low and swing at a low angle.

Taking the club back low sets you up for a flatter swing arc in the downswing. This enables you to hit lower on the golf ball than normal. Think about it like you are taking the club and slicing in between the ground and the ball.

You want to keep the club low on your follow through too. This doesn’t mean you slow down at impact or stop your swing after contact, you have to hit through the ball just like any other golf shot (except certain bunker shots).

You have to keep your momentum through impact. Simply keep the club low on the follow through. This will keep you from trying to scoop the ball. Scooping the golf ball doesn’t get it in the air.

Don’t be afraid to bring your lower body into this shot. You still want a weight transfer just take it nice and easy.

Also try hitting these shots off of a variety of grass conditions. They are really easy to hit off of a fluffy lie, but you can still hit them off of short grass (it just takes some practice and confidence).

These shots are actually a lot of fun to practice, try popping the ball up and over shrubs and small trees. The more you practice the better feel you will get with these high chip shots.

For more short game instruction from Darrell Klassen Click Here.

Now go out there and give these shots a try.

For Better Golf,
Doc O’Leary
Head Golf Nut, OHP