Want 25 More Yards? These Moves Will Supercharge Your Drives

From freestyle wrestlers to power forwards to pulling guards, athletes in virtually every sport use their lower bodies to generate leverage. They in turn use that leverage to create powerful action. Golfers are no different. The muscles of the legs, hips and butt are tremendous power generators—if they’re employed correctly. LRV is the acronym I want you to remember. golf wiki golf game golf leaderboard golf channel

It stands for Lateral, Rotational, Vertical. Those are the lower-body moves that will send your drives soaring. My brother, PGA Tour pro Daniel Summerhays (above), demonstrates the proper movements and sequence—sequence is key—of the lower body as he rips his driver (see below). Study them, and then use the drills he’s doing to master the LRV move, and you’ll put your own power ball in play. —With Ron Kaspriske golf wiki golf game golf leaderboard golf channel

As you start your downswing, bump your pelvis toward the target so your lead hip moves over the top of the front foot. golf wiki golf game golf leaderboard golf channel

L: SHIFT YOUR PELVIS
Before I explain the lateral move, a quick reminder about setup and weight shift: At address, the top of your spine should tilt away from the target, so the lead shoulder is high and 60 percent of your weight is on the trail foot. When you swing back, feel even more weight move into that leg. That’s important to set up the shift. golf wiki golf game golf leaderboard golf channel

Now, as you start your downswing, bump your pelvis toward the target so your lead hip moves over the top of the front foot (above). It’s solely a lower-body move. (If your torso drifts ahead of the ball, you’ll make poor contact.) Notice that as you shift, your arms drop the club on a shallower plane effortlessly. golf wiki golf game golf leaderboard golf channel

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This move will enable you to sweep the ball off the tee with an upward strike for more distance. Here you see Daniel holding a shaft against his waist and making the lateral move (below). Note how the grip shifts toward the target. Practice this drill to get a feel for the first move down. golf wiki golf game golf leaderboard golf channel

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