A Chair Drill To Increase Your X-Factor and Hit Your Golf Ball Farther

By Mariano Bartolome

A Chair Drill To Increase Your X-Factor and Hit Your Golf Ball Farther

Other videos in the series The Jim McLean X-Factor Power Coil:

Hi, my name is Mariano Bartolome, and I am a Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Today I am going to give you a tip that is going to help you improve your X Factor.

Chair Drill to Improve Your X-Factor

As you might know, the X Factor that Jim wrote about in 1994 is the differential between the turn on your upper body and the turn on your lower body. That means that the bigger that gap is between the upper body turn and the lower body move, the more power you are going to get. A good way to test this is to sit on top of a chair.

  • We are going to place a shaft on the back part of your neck and from there we are just going to try to leave our hips against the chair and make a full coil.
  • You can see the differential between the hip turn and the upper body coil.
  • As we do that you can see how my shoulders turn about 90 degrees as my lower body is turning probably half of that.

The wrong way to do it would be leaving the chair with the lower body and getting the same amount of turn with the shoulders and the hips. Try this little thing. It will help you to improve your X Factor and hit the ball longer.

Category: Swing Drills
Sub-Category: Shoulder Turn, Distance
About the Instructor
Mariano Bartolome
Mariano Bartolome
Doral Golf Resort & Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 305-591-6409
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mariano Bartolome played more than six years on the South American and Argentinean Tours before joining the Jim McLean Golf School staff. Mariano currently works with top PGA, European and Champions Tour players such as Carlos Franco, Angel Cabrera, Hernan Rey and Vicente Fernandez. He teaches at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.


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