Rotational Power and Your Swing
Professional Golfers like Rory Mcilroy will easily drive the ball over 300 yards every tee shot. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins had the top ten farthest homeruns in the homerun derby this year. How do they do this? The answer is rotational power.
What is Rotational Power?
Rotational power is the ability to rotate well through the shoulders and hips, while using the ground to produce power in order to swing forcefully. How well someone can rotate—whether that be in the shoulders or hips—will have to do with flexibility. How much power one can produce is attributed to the lower body and pushing through the ground.
Can I Gain Flexibility?
Yes! Some people think of flexibility and immediately turn away because they cannot reach down and touch their toes. However, flexibility is fixable and can be attained with proper work. Add soft tissue work and simple stretches to the beginning and end of each of your workouts focusing on your hamstrings, hips, shoulders and back.
Using the Ground to Generate Power
Many of my clients try using their upper body and only their upper body to produce rotational power. This leads me to cueing them to use their lower body and use the ground to produce rotational power. It may seem difficult at first, but the concept is actually very simple. Once you start using the ground you will see a large difference in amount of power you’re able to produce. Incorporating ballistic exercises like box jumps or using a slide board will help you generate more power from the ground.
Let’s go back to the beginning when I was talking about Rory Mcilroy and Giancarlo Stanton. Watch a video of both of their swings and look at what they do to obtain rotational power. You should be able to see how their flexibility of their shoulders and hips allow them to load up and explode through the swing. Look at their feet and how they use the ground to produce maximal power.
Once you start incorporating these concepts into your training, you’re sure to see a difference in the amount of power you can produce. If you have questions on what kinds of exercises you should incorporate into your training, stop by Correct2Compete or email firstname.lastname@example.org