Everyone, whether they admit it or not, wants to hit the ball further.

Some say I would be happy if I could just hit the golf ball straight.

At that instant in time, they may be telling the truth. But eventually, the desire to hit the ball further will surface again.

Most everyone also knows what centrifugal force is, and this concept is useful when it comes to understanding the complete golf swing. If you put a weight at the end of a piece of string and whirl it around, you will create motion in the weight that is much faster than your wrist can move as it twirls the object. We all did this as kids.

Think of a figure skating pair where the man spins his partner quickly around him, he being the axis point. Even though he is not moving very fast, she will be if they build up enough force and rotation. Think of your golf swing this way, with the clubhead being the weight at the end of the string, or the skating partner at the end of your arm.

Once a golfer has been able to create a solid foundation for their swing, they should feel that their hands maintain a light grip pressure on the club. This is crucial to sensing the feeling of the clubhead spinning around them with the force generated from the center of their body, which in this case, serves as the axis.

If you can harness this strength and force properly, the clubhead will literally pull your arms to full extension on the through swing. But any tension will destroy the effect. The arms will narrow or draw in, and the swing arc will lose its width. This is comparable to moving your wrist when you are spinning the weight on the string. The weight will drop out of its orbit and slow down or even stop.

The same happens in the golf swing when you don't allow the club to swing freely. The hands and arms take over, the power and momentum you have created is reduced, and your shot will lose distance and accuracy.

Power and energy is generated from the center of your body or torso outward. Your hands and arms CONDUCT force and energy — they DO NOT generate it.

One more example: think of a discus thrower and how he winds his body in a circular motion from the ground up. His hands and arms merely serve first to hold the discus, then eventually to transmit the energy he is slowly building.

Finally, he uncoils his body fully and seems to explode, the discus hurtling from his grasp.

How does this relate to the golf swing?

Remember that the discus thrower is always turning ahead of the discus, and everything involved in his the physical technique happens before the discus leaves his hand. That's what you want to happen in your swing.

You turn or rotate your body ahead of the clubhead, in effect keeping the clubhead lagging behind your motion, so that the lag builds up tremendous force and speed to apply to the ball. Then the ball can go a great distance.

Greg Wyatt is a PGA professional at Golf Capital Learning Center.

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