If you are wondering how to build your speed and power in a golf swing, the solution does not necessarily lie in the gym and building more muscle.
That is something you need to do if your swing is not mechanically-correct and you would rather go that route instead of simply improving your technique.
Tiger Woods broke his back by building his musculature to a degree that he was going to swing the club the way he wanted to, regardless of whether it was mechanically-sound or not, and his muscle strength eventually caused a good deal of damage to his body.
So, if swinging a 13 oz club seems something you do not feel strong enough to do, then it is likely a technique problem. I can throw a shot-putt a certain distance with the correct technique.
The solution, if I am throwing it incorrectly, is not to get stronger – that will help with the right technique, but with an improper technique, getting stronger will only make the subsequent injury to your shoulder joint more significant.
Here is a cricket bowler coming into the release phase:
He is not throwing that ball with such speed due to his arm motion. Watch his upper back and shoulder region as his arm reaches vertical in the throw release.
That is where the speed is coming from – his body, more specifically his spine and hips, not his arm.
And notice as well that he is not jumping off of or snapping his left knee, which he would do if he were a golfer and swinging in the modern style. Because jumping or thrusting against the ground adds more speed and power…
Only in golf, apparently. In the real world, you do not jump from your supporting leg while transitioning from the other leg to add power to a swing or throw.
Update October 12, 2017
I have over 1,200 previously posted blog pieces which I have removed and through which I go through periodically to see if anything I have removed is still relevant or has become so.
When I read through the above piece, I felt that it really enforces the theme of what I’ll be presenting in the upcoming “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video, which isn’t a new swing video but rather a supplemental to the “E = MCS” swing video.
I showed in “E = MCS” how leveraging works, demonstrating with the Kettle Bell that will figure largely in the new video, because if you swing properly, using the entire body, you will get the best results and have the lowest risk of injury.
I’ve demonstrated that earlier in the summer when I achieved ball speeds in the 160’s mph with the Momentus Heavy Driver (the average PGA Tour ball speed is 165 mph), and when you look at my swings with both a regular driver and the Momentus, they are nearly identical:
DJ Swings Momentus Heavy & RBZ Drivers
The point I’m making showing the two swings above is that if a 47 year old man who doesn’t work out, and who doesn’t even hit balls that regularly anymore, can achieve ball speed in the 180’s mph with a regular driver and in the 160’s with a heavy training club (the Momentus has twice the mass of a regular driver), and do so without injuring myself – the way they’re swinging now with all of the injuries they’re incurring is simply not the way to do it…
And when you all who’ve ordered the “EMCS2” video see how it is I apply my leveraging to a Kettle Bell – you’ll know that you can do it too, using the swing model and mechanics I’ve been explaining in videos in the two and a half years since I presented what is now the standard MCS swing model in “Ultimate Leverage.”
Almost there with the new video, and I’ve sent update emails to everyone on the reserved list!
Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?
Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency?
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If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing: