One of the cool things about having a mechanically-sound swing is that you can recognize the traits of power-generation in other moves and swingers.
Rory McIlroy, for example. He continues to hit the ball longer and longer and while some of it may be the gym training and some of it is of course technology – Rory has figured out how to “crack the whip” with his golf swing, and that means one thing – SPEED.
Well, it really means acceleration & speed, but those translate into POWER, and Rory is doing it with what everyone is calling a “hip stall” through impact.
Rory McIlroy’s Hip Stall
Hip stall, if you want to call it that – is a mechanically-sound action and not a flaw or something that is dangerous.
Rory’s got other dangerous things going on in his swing (like the hyper-extending left leg to generate extra “whip”), but he’s at least swinging with floating heel at times (always a good thing for the hips, knees and lower back), and he’s indeed “cracking that whip” to create the long, long drives he hits.
Let me ask you something – if you want to create the speed in a whip-crack, what does your hand do when you flick the whip?
Say you want to crack the whip and flick the ball from its perch, sitting on the tee in front of you?
Do you wave the whip over the ball and swing the butt-end past the ball in a continuous motion?
No, you do not – yo can only generate the “crack” of the whip when your hand slows down or stops completely, allowing the tip to pass and “crack.”
Sounds about right?
Good, because that’s how you do it. Not my theory, that’s how you crack a whip. You need to slow or stop the hand completely, and the quicker you reverse the swinging of the whip handle to stop the hand and bring it back, the more you’ll crack it.
So, think of the hips as the hand, and the arms and club as the whip.
Now, you can’t do this deliberately, as the swing occurs in too quick a time to do it consciously. You have to build a swing model that will use your natural motion to create it.
DJ’s Hip Stall – Going For Gusto & “Cracking The Whip”
I have a hip stall in my swing as well – if you watch my right hip pocket as my right elbow drops and passes it – there’s the slowing of the hip rotation to “crack the whip” into the ball, and then my momentum pulls the hips around to the finish as my hands reach the left shoulder on the follow-through.
Pretty nifty, hunh?
Well, how on earth do you think a 45 year old couch potahto (yes, I’m very refined when I lounge, don’t you know?) who doesn’t work out and who doesn’t hit endless balls on the range can generate 180+ mph ball speed and over 350 yards on a good driver swing?
It’s cracking that whip, my friends.
What Rory has done is figured out a down swing angle that works with his particular pivot, and his swing action shows it.
DJ “Cracks The Whip”
I’ve done if for ages. I just looked at my swing from April, and it’s there. I just had to figure out if it was a normal move or something unique to my swing and Rory’s and some others’ swings, but I should have known it was kosher.
It’s a whip-crack, no more, no less.
If you want speed and power, learn how to generate it naturally. By cracking that whip, not by snapping your leg in two!