There’s one thing every golfer wants: more distance.
Creating more distance might be easier than you think.
Brian Jacobs founded Brian Jacobs Golf in Greece, right next to Ridgemont Country Club. He says creating distance is about creating something else.
“If you want to hit your irons farther or your driver farther, number one, you have to go faster,” Jacobs says. “You can’t go faster if you don’t have leverage or if you don’t have speed.”
One way to add speed is to soften your hands, wrists and arms.
The other involves a training and you can grab anywhere.
“We use a little light power band that you can get from a gym or order online. We’ll just have (a player) tuck it in their thumbs and wrap it underneath their armpits,” Jacobs says.
While the body is wrapped in the power band, Jacobs will have his students take swings at different speeds and with different backswing lengths.
Some react to the restrictiveness of the bands by drooping their posture. Jacobs corrects by standing his pupil up straighter so that butt end of the club points at the belt buckle.
The goal is to keep the tension in the band throughout the swing.
“What that does is it starts to create better positions at the top,” Jacobs says.
He finds that many players will tuck their right elbow (for a righthanded player) low and against their waste on the backswing. Jacobs says that’s incorrect and doesn’t know why so many players do this.
The band helps to correct this flaw by forcing a player to feel a difference.
“We’re just trying to get that feeling of there’s some leverage in your arms,” Jacobs says. “If you lose tension at any point, you’ll start to get strange ball flights.”
Jacobs says this type of swing change does not have to be a long process. It doesn’t have to be the type of thing where a player gets worse before they get better. It can happen in a few sessions or even a few swings.
“With a lot of people, they’re tiny things that have evolved into these large things,” Jacobs says. “We’re trying to change motor patterns with people. The only way to do that is with feel. We look at little areas and clean them up and then we take people on the golf course and we show them they’re effective.”
This rubber band drill is something a player can do right before a round. In fact, Jacobs has a 12-step pre-round warmup he prescribes that’s based primarily on properly instilling feel. The pre-round swing session is not for practicing.
Usually, Jacobs will take a player from a 9-iron to a hybrid to a driver with the bands on. The bands do quickly wear out the thumbs. There’s no need to push through the pain after 10 or 12 swings. Take a break and start again, if necessary.
For more instruction, you can visit Jacobs in his office or go to BrianJacobsGolf.com.