How to combine power and accuracy
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You could be on a par 5 going for the green in 2. Or on a long par 4 with a driver in your hands. You really need to hit a long drive.
But instead you hit a big slice or a pull.
The moment you try to add more power, you lose control of your shot’s direction.
I bet you’ve had this experience more than once. And you are definitely not alone.
Even experienced golfers struggle with combining power and accuracy
On the surface, the golf swing looks easy…
But anyone who’s tried it knows how difficult it is to combine power and shot direction.
When you are driving a golf ball, you are swinging the club at over hundred miles per hour. Even one degree difference in clubface angle can send your ball 15 yards off target.
And it’s particularly painful when those shots are the most decisive ones of your round.
It does not have to be that way!
You can learn to control shot direction just like the pros do
There are specific techniques you can use to control ball direction.
We have worked with top coaches and measured their player’s swings to understand how they control the club.
We have found common motion patterns among the pro players.
The best way to combine power and accuracy is to master these specific techniques.
At the end of the day, there is one key idea:
Clubface control determines the accuracy of your shots
As golfers, we often fall into the trap of overcomplicating things.
We think we need the best clubs, or need to hit the most balls in the practice range
And while these things are helpful, they are not as important as people think.
The best players win because they are able to control the clubface better.
Researchers have determined that the direction of the clubface determines more than 80% of the shot’s direction.
Many players can swing the club fast, but only a few know how to control the clubface at high swing speed.
Changing wrist extension (cupping) opens and closes the clubface to the target, determining your shot’s direction.
Master Clubface Control
How can you learn to control the clubface to combine power and accuracy?
That’s where wrist mechanics come in.
The hands and wrists are the only part of your body that is in direct contact with the club.
Every time you swing the club, you open and close the clubface with your wrists.
Using wrist sensors, we measured the swings of numerous tour players and found they use common wrist motion patterns to control shot direction.
Read further to learn about our findings.