How to Develop More Power in Your Swing With This Easy Strengthening Drill

By Mike LaBauve

I am here again with my daughter, Lindy LaBauve, headed to LSU next year to play golf, and I wanted to share with you a couple of the moves we do with her to help strengthen her, she is on a workout program, but we are also doing a few things to help strengthen the hands and arms. Lindy, go ahead and show us what you do with your one arm.

Using a Weighted Swing Sock

Sometimes we will use this little club at home with a swing sock, it has a weight on the end of it, and we just swing it back and forth in with our left arm. Lindy, go ahead and demonstrate how you do it. You can see when she goes back how her left arm is straight.

It is interesting to hear people talk about keeping the left arm straight, you will notice that it is straight on the backswing but as she goes through it folds and hinges on the finish. This is very difficult to do, but with timing and some strength you can hit the ball just swinging with your left arm.

Release the Clubhead Through

Now obviously golf is a two-handed game, so you have your left side swinging the golf club through, I do not like to say pulling because if you are pulling then you are not releasing and you want to release the clubhead through. Every time you swing with your left arm only, you will feel that you have to release the clubhead through.

With the right arm, it feels like a total throw all the way through the hit and that carries her all the way to the finish. Let's give it a try. You can see where the right arm finishes around the body. Now let's put both hands together and give it a hit. These are some of the drills we do, we might use this for pitching, even for bunker.

If you can your left side to do what Lindy was doing, keeping the left arm straight going back and then folding on the through swing. While we are doing this we are also exercising our hands and wrists, trying to get the forearms and the hands as strong as we can to go along with the core training, you can really swing your club a lot faster, and clubhead speed means more distance. Best of luck to you in your golf game.


Category: Swing Drills
Sub Categories: Arms, Fitness, Hands

About the Instructor

Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283