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Nick Dougherty

Next time you work on your long game, think about controlling your swing with the rotation of your upper body.

To do this you first need to get yourself a solid base at the set-up, from which you are then able to wind and unwind your torso. Improving the efficiency of this body action is the key to maximising the forces that accelerate your arms, hands and -ultimately-the clubhead through the ball.

Learn to 'free-wheel' through the ball, hitting hard with the right hand

The analogy of spinning a weight on the end of a piece of string is one that has really helped me to understand the way the body rotates as the 'hub' to generate the centrifugal forces that accelerate the arms, hands and clubhead.

Basically, the more efficiently you rotate the 'hub' (i.e. your hand when swinging the weight on the end of a string, your body 'core' when swinging a golf club), the more centrifugal force you generate.

Add a repeating rhythm, and the result is a flowing arm-swing and maximum possible acceleration through the ball. The full release sees the right hand cross over the left as the wrists hinge up to the finish.



Hovering the driver at the set-up is a popular habit, and one that encourages a low, slow and wide move away from the ball - ideal to get you 'loaded' at the top of the backswing.

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Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine




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