Creating Torque Can Cause Swing Issues

There is a science to the golf swing. There are so many moving parts that the slightest misalignment will have a tremendous, negative affect on the direction and distance of our golf ball. For years I have read and been told about how to hit my ball farther. This secret many elite players espouse is to create more torque in my swing. They suggest that by increasing the twisting motion between my lower and upper body. This all seems simple, but I can assure you that this concept is a bit more challenging than just adding more turn displacement. Every player has a happy medium on how they can physical move and this might be where the most amateurs struggle will trying to create torque. Regardless, creating torque is important, but do we really know what this means?

I think to really understand how to improve our swing mechanics to create more distance, we should understand two important concepts: Torque and Moment of Inertia.

The concept of creating torque was explained to me where I attach an elastic to my right shoulder and left hip. When I reach the top of my back I want the imaginary elastic to be about the same tension as if I was addressing the ball. Just as I start my downswing, I want tighten the tension of the right shoulder elastic by moving my hips first in a rotational motion. I try to rotate as much as possible before allowing my shoulders to start this turn. That is about as simple as I can describe it and I am still challenged when I stand over the ball. Creating torque is more challenging than just swinging fast at the ball.

I have searched, watched, read and fixated on trying to create torque in my swing. All I was able to do was infuse other swing mechanic errors into my game. I really struggled until I decided to slow things down and examine what I could physically perform. I dissected my mechanics and found that if I slowed down my backswing and focused and a strong shoulder turn I could feel my torso being stretched, hence I was adding torque to my swing. I spent a fair bit of time figuring this out, but now I feel I am maximizing my swing protentional. Of course I always want more, but that is a story for another day.

As stated in the above video by the USGA, to maximize our swing potential takes precision, mechanics and physics. These three concepts are not mutually exclusive. They require a knowledge and understanding to apply them at the proper moments during our full swing. I continue to work on these concepts and I am enjoying the journey. If you want to develop more torque in your swing, I recommend that you take the time to increase your golf knowledge and take your journey one step at a time.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


4 thoughts on “Creating Torque Can Cause Swing Issues

  1. I’m glad you brought this up. I talked about the progressively faster swing exercise the other day. I failed to remember to mention that my plan also includes something new. Something I saw on a recent Mark Crossfield video and practiced just a little that showed me there was more torque to be had.

    He was using all the latest tools of course. Swing monitors and pressure pads to adjust his own swing looking to gain lots of yardage. What he’s done worked for him. He’s a little guy who was hitting 280+ or so and now is honing in on 320. That particular thing that had me feeling lots more stretch than I usually would had to do with beginning the weight shift from the trail to lead leg before getting to the top of the backswing. I can report that you will most assuredly feel the difference just trying it. If you’re like me, it’s something that throws off my whole sense of timing and so it’s something I had told myself to hold off on awhile. But now that I feel like the new turn is becoming natural and plan on looking to maximize that I think it’s time to take this issue of sequencing the swing better as well. Experimenting with this in the progressively faster practice drill I think might help me work both the new timing in and see if I can start making that pitch of the club swooshing by reach even higher notes than I did as a younger man.

    On another note, today it was my turn to take the guys to the cleaners. I walked off with 6 skins and only one of the guys managed 2 with the others at 1 so I made all the change back that I lost last week plus some to spare in just one round. A fun day. We were all tied at 1 after 9. I was down 1 after the 10th but evened it up on 11 and took skins with birdies on 13,14, 15, and 18 too and kept the others from getting one on 16 and 17. All thanks to wedge and putter. I took out my old Rossa blade putter today and it was a very good call I’d say. lol

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    • Kevin,

      You steps towards hitting longer by developing more torque through a greater turn is a good idea. It is a challenge for many amateurs and does take some effort on and off the course to stay flexible. So many factors… little time. 😉

      Cheers Jim


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