Long Drive Tip #5: How to Transfer Energy from the Ground to Your Swing

Golf balls will be lighting up the night sky the next two evenings as the world’s longest hitters convene for the 44th annual World Long Drive Championship at WinStar World Casino and Resort on the Texas/Oklahoma border. Golf Channel’s live coverage begins tonight with the Women’s and Masters Championship, and concludes tomorrow night with the Men’s Championship.

To get you ready for the championship, we’ve been running a series of long drive tips from Golf Channel Academy lead coaches Paul Horton and Bob McArthur of the Golf Academy at Heritage Pointe in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Horton and McArthur have worked with numerous professional golfers and athletes, including six-time World Long Drive champion Jason Zuback and eight-time Canadian Long Drive champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk.

In our final video tip, Horton describes how to properly apply pressure into the ground with your trail leg—like you were corkscrewing yourself into the ground on the backswing (see image of defending World Long Drive champion Maurice Allen)—so that you can explode up off the ground and transfer more energy to the ball through impact. Try the following tip to learn how to utilize the ground more effectively and hit longer bombs off the tee.