Advanced Table Top Drill

A common problem with better players is that the club is traveling so fast its creates alot of outward pressure or centrifigual force. This force can cause the hands and arms to fall behind during the downswing. It can also cause just an 'arms only' downswing. This will lead to a 'slappy hit' or a shot that is not compressed into the ball.

Picture a professional figure skater going into a double axel spin. He tucks his arms close to his body to create some speed. However, throughout the spin his arms are wanting to expand away from his body due to the centrifugal force. He fights against this outwardly pressure and at exactly the right moment releases the pressure and jumps.

The golf swing is similar in that there is a outward pressure. We need to sustain this pressure until the right moment. The only way is do this is to rotate downward without the arms desire to move independently away from the body. This takes great strength when the club is traveling fast.

The muscles that are primarily responsible for sustaining this pressure is the forearms. The body transports the club around then the arms unload the clubhead past impact.

Here is a great drill for controlling the club and creating true pressure with power in your golf swing.

Advanced Table Top Drill

Hold the club out in front of your body. Keep the shaft horizontal to the ground, as if it were lying on a table. Notice that the clubface will be pointing straight up and down in a vertical position or perpendicular to the shaft. Next, begin gliding the shaft back and through on this imaginary table. The clubface should remain square at all times or vertical both back and through. Unlike the regular table top drill, after the halfway point in the backswing, let the club hinge straight upward or ride up a wall. On the downswing, try to imagine swinging through on the table surface without letting the club drop below the table. You will feel an amazing amount of pressure on your forearms. On the through swing let the club ride back up the wall. NOTE: The faster you go in this drill, the more pressure you will feel. You can also imagine this drill as hitting a ball perched up in a tree. Keep the club 'up' all the way around to make contact with the ball.

In order to do this exercise correctly, you will notice the roll of your hands and arms are minimized. Your body and large muscles control the rotary movement of the shaft. Ultimately, it is the body that controls the shaft. The shaft controls the hands. The hands are equal to the clubface. You wil also build up the strength in your arms quickly.