I had been steadily losing power in my shots, so I broke down and scheduled a lesson with Joal Harding, the fine teacher at the Fox Hills Learning Center. It didn’t take her long to diagnose the major problem: I’m releasing the club way too early. The solution: develop more lag.
She gave me a couple of drills to work on:
1) The Pump Drill: Take the club back and pump downward, concentrating on maintaining the proper positions. Do this twice, then swing through on the third pump.
2) The Split Hands Drill: Make practice swings with my hands split about a foot apart on the shaft.
3) Swinging my driver with a towel tied to the hosel.
I’m gong to work diligently.
High energy Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed has his own take:
The towel on the driver seemed to work best. With the towel on, my swing looked dang near perfect when compared to a video of Bernhard Langer. But being a gadget guy, I’m wondering if there are any gadgets out there that will work to give me that feeling of lag. Any suggestions?