Matt Walter here with Performance Golf Zone. We’re at the wonderful Vanderbilt Legends Club today, and what we’re going to show you is how to use a Tiger squat to maximize your distance with the long stick and hit some big drives down-range.
I’m going to show you how to set up a drill so that you can work through this and learn how to use your lower body to maximize power and increase club head speed in the transition and into your downswing.
One of the main things that everybody talked about when Tiger was in his heyday in the early 2000s was how much his head dropped when he started his transition into the hit and into the delivery of the golf club into the ball. That’s how Tiger was creating power in his downswing and how he was creating that massive amount of club head speed that he was able to generate and hit it by everybody in the field about 40 yards.
The move I’m going to help you do today may not hit it as far as Tiger, but I’m going to help you maximize some more distance into your game. So, what did Tiger do so effectively different, and how was he able to use the ground to create that pressure so that he could create that club head speed? The best way I would think about it is, when you’re making your golf swing and you’re in that transitional move, Tiger is basically shooting a jump shot. So, it would be, the effective way of thinking about it would be, if you were going to shoot a little jumper, you have to squat and explode up. Well, what Tiger was doing was effectively that, and what I see a lot of golfers doing right now in their golf swing is that they take the basketball, shoot, and then try and jump, or they jump and then try and shoot. So, they’re not timing up the sequence of when that explosion has to happen, and so because of that, you can create a flip, you hit the high flare-out to right field. And so, you have to be able to sequence the motion to match up with what you’re trying to do.