5 Things You Need to Know About Doing a Power Turn in Golf

By Steve Silverman

As the name "power turn" suggests, golfers get much of their power from the turn that comes from the start of the swing through the finish. The power turn is more about balance, coordination, a good grip and a smooth follow-through than it is about swinging as hard as you can. Here's how to get the most out of your power turn.

Balance

When you take your stance, you need to be balanced at address. This means your left shoulder should be facing the target and your left foot should be right underneath your left shoulder.

Grip

To get the most out of your turn, do not grip your club too tightly. When you hold the club at address, it should be at a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. Holding your club tighter than this will restrict your movement when your turn.

Backswing

You want to ensure that you will have an effective power turn by having a good backswing. When you bring your club back, you should turn your hips all the way to the right before coming forward.

Downswing

This is where the power turn comes in. To get the most out of your swing, turn your hips to the left after you have reached the apex of your backswing. Once you bring your hips through, they will generate sufficient power and allow you to get maximum clubhead speed at impact.

Follow-Through

You must follow through completely or you will negate the effect of your power turn. Do not stop your swing until your club has reached shoulder level on your follow-through. At that point, you can look down the fairway and see where your ball has ended up.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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