Gaining distance, accuracy just a heavy club away

All golfers love the feeling of a solid, well-struck shot. Hitting the ball as far or past your playing partners is a goal I hear quite often from people who come in for help because their drives lack distance.

All golfers love the feeling of a solid, well-struck shot. Hitting the ball as far or past your playing partners is a goal I hear quite often from people who come in for help because their drives lack distance.

If the golfer has good fundamentals, the lack of distance is always from not generating enough club head speed from the core muscles. The best way to start working these muscles and working on speed is to swing a heavy club.

One of the best made is called the ASSIST by Matzie Golf. The patented ASSIST, with its precision bent shaft, exaggerates the release with a force 16 times greater than a 6 iron.

Make sure you start slow and stretch before swinging any heavy club that you may use.

After warming up, swing as hard as you can while stopping after each swing to make sure you are setting up correctly each time. You will get good and tired. This is the idea. It is a very good work out.

If you can do this three to five times a week I guarantee you will add distance and square the club to the ball more often. You might only be able to do this for 20 or 30 times at first but as you improve your swing count will go way up.

If you would like to get all of the information you need to play great golf in one lesson, call, e-mail or come in any time for an appointment.

Steve Wozeniak is PGA Director of Instruction Bellevue/Lake Spanaway Golf Courses. He has taught more than 50 tour players and over 100 PGA and LPGA teaching professionals, including Jim Colbert, Rocco Mediate, Emily Klein, Jim Dent, Marco Dawson, Jim Mclean and Leonard Thompson. With his easy-to-understand, rid-yourself-of-the-nonsense approach to the golf swing, he is one of the top instructors in the country. Readers can contact him at swayne@premiergc.com or www.bellevuepgc.com.

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