Creating Distance Part 2

Last issue, we discussed the importance of proper club face control as it relates to creating distance. Without being able to ‘catch the ball squarely’ on the club face, one has little chance of maximizing distance. A key to controlling the club face and generating efficient power is found in rotating the lead forearm properly.

Creating Distance Part

DRILL – Extend the thumb on the hand of your lead arm and point it toward the top of your chest just below your Adam’s apple. Next, drop your hand until it is waist high allowing your hand to rotate outward so your thumb is pointing down the target line. Extend your other arm to form a golfer’s grip, bend at the waist and extend your hands down the target line as if you were just past impact. This is a simple demonstration of proper forearm rotation – nothing more, nothing less.

TEST – To confirm you are rotating your forearm properly, put your watch on so the face is visible from the underside of your wrist. Now, take a normal swing. When you complete your swing, you should be able to read the time on your watch.

CONFIRMATION – The use of a ball flight monitor, or launch monitor, will confirm you are maximizing impact. By tracking club head speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin rates, the monitor will calculate ‘a Smash Factor’ for each shot. A Smash Factor of 1.5 is considered the industry standard for solid impact, or the maximization of a square face at impact with a proper swing path and controlled club head speed. All essential components required to generate the maximum distance possible.

OTHER FACTORS – In addition to a square face at impact and proper forearm rotation, the combination of club head design, loft, shaft flex & kick-point and golf ball play a substantial role in the delivery of distance. Better instruction facilities and golf shops that employ launch monitors as part of their teaching and equipment evaluation process can help match your swing style, club head speed and path, and impact tendencies with the ideal equipment combination that will add yards (and consistency) to your shots.

About the author:

PGA Professional Mike Malaska is No. 24 in Golf Digest’s ranking of instructors and is one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100.To arrange for a personal session with Mike at the Nicklaus Academy at DragonRidge, call 702.260.0515 or visit


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