Our very first guest was the renowned Jim McLean, one of the true pioneers in the world of golf instruction. I learned a great deal from Jim, and I wanted to pass along one of his helpful tips…actually a very effective image of a powerful swing. I’m calling it: “Wide Back, Narrow Down”.
Many have heard that a ‘wide’ swing with nice extension leads to power. But some forget that the ‘wide’ feeling should be reserved for the backswing. With a proper wrist-set (or ‘hinge’) and a powerful uncoiling that starts with the hips, the downswing should be narrower than your path to the top.
The yellow arc in the photo to the left represents the club-head path during my backswing. As I begin the downswing (green arc), you can see that my swing is noticeably ‘tighter’. A narrower arc during the downswing means that energy is being stored efficiently…leading to more of an explosion through impact. Yes, big time distance is possible!
Keep this visual in mind if you want to hit the ball farther (…and who doesn’t?), and remember to turn on Golf Channel Wednesday nights at 8pm EST for “Lesson Tee Live”!