Winning Edge with Arnond Vongvanij

Fri 08 Nov 2013

Winning Edge with Arnond Vongvanij

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Driving with more Power
By Arnond Vongvanij, Asian Tour champion
In this month’s Winning Edge column, Thai star Arnond Vongvanij reveals the secret for him to generate more power and distance with his driving. As one of the smallest built players on the Asian Tour, Arnond has several key aspects to the swing when it comes to hitting booming drives down the middle of the fairway.
Picture 1 – The Set Up
As you can see in my set up, I create a slightly wider stance which ensures a stable lower body position and place the ball towards the front of my left toe. The spine angle is also tilted to the right side of my body.
Arnond Drive 1
 
 
 
 
Picture 2 – Wide Take Away
In my backswing, I will make it a point to create a wider take away which help to generate more power. As I am a relatively small guy, I need all the power I can get with a wider swing arc to ensure I generate more power and remain competitive when it comes to driving the ball to good distances.
Arnond Drive 2 Picture 2
 
 
 
Picture 3 – Full Turn
At the top of my backswing, you will see that my hip is fully turned, my knees are well flexed for stability, my spine angle is still the same as in my address position and my lower body is well grounded for stability which is very important to a golf swing.
You will notice that I am generating my power through a full and proper coil in the turn where my shoulder has also rotated to a good position. It is very important to create a good coil as this is where the power comes from but you must ensure that your body does not sway when doing this or lose your balance.
Arnond Drive 3 Picture 3
 
 
 
Picture 4 & 5 – The Finish
I focus a lot of maintaining a really good finish after striking my drive. You need to always have a good balance at the end of your swing and you should not lose your balance. In fact, at your finish, you should be able to lift your right foot from the ground and still have balance on the left foot. Another good tip is to ensure that your belt buckle is facing your intended target at the end of your finish.
I have come across a lot of driving tips which focusses on the downswing but if you try out my tips above, you’ll be surprised with how they can help you generate more power to outdrive your golfing friends.
Happy Golfing.
Arnond Drive 4 Picture 4
Arnond Drive 5 Picture 5