How Ernie Els' Hand Action Creates Powerful Golf Shots

How Ernie Els' Hand Action Creates Powerful Golf Shots

Ernie Els Golf Swing

A lot of students tell me they like Ernie Els' swing. I always ask them why is that? They always tell me because he has a nice fluid smooth motion, he uses his big muscles, he makes a nice big turn back and he makes a nice big turn through and it looks slow.

Importance of Golf Swing Hand Action

How does he hit the ball over 300 yards? Well there is some speed there that you can not see in person. When I am looking at it on video I am looking at a lot of hand action as he is going through the impact area. It is cocked, uncocked and rolled through the ball and he creates a lot of zip right there at the bottom. It is hand action. I see this neglected when people start to strengthen their body. They do a lot of core work but if the hands are not strengthened, and just being able to lift the club up off the ground like this is a big deal.

Technique for Adding Power to Your Golf Shot

Being able to move the club from the right side over here to the left side, doing this exercise, you should do it with me, requires some strength in the arms and the hands. Then actually taking the club and zipping it from side to side like this requires some strength also. You will see a lot of good players do this just while they are having a conversation, they will swing the club with one hand. Just that little motion right there can really zip the ball. That ball went over 125 yards and I just made a little bitty swing. Just that hand action can really put some zip into your golf shot. If you add that with a little bit of arm swing you can hear I had a little more pop on that ball. And if I added that with my body turn going back and forth then I have a lot of zip on the golf ball.

So do not forget that you have to have some hand action in the shot. So many people are trying to keep their hands from doing anything, you need to have them in there. If you were throwing a ball they would certainly be in there, you need to have them in there for your golf shot too. Give it a try, you will be surprised how far it goes.

Category: Hands
Sub-Category: Impact, Distance, Fitness
About the Instructor
Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283

Mike LaBauve is one of the world's greatest short game instructors and teacher to LPGA phenom Grace Park. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #31 instructor in the world.


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