2 power-boosting tips to increase your backswing turn for longer drives

Flaring your feet out makes it easier to turn.

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Power. Every golfer wants more of it, and the game itself is obsessed with it — for good reason. The more distance you have off the tee, the easier the game becomes. Sure, you need to keep it between the goalposts, but a good coach can help with that. The question golfers have when it comes to distance is relatively simple: How do I get more of it?

Here to help with that is GOLFTEC’s Director of Instruction Nick Clearwater, alongside fellow GOLFTEC teacher and professional long drive contestant Brad Skupaka, with a couple small adjustments you can make that will boost your backswing turn the next time you go play.

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And in the meantime, two tips to help boost your backswing turn:

1. Flare your trail foot (and knee)

In order to hit the ball longer, you need a bigger backswing turn. And to do that, you need to turn. But that can be a problem, Clearwater explains, because many golfers have limited hip mobility.

Thankfully, there’s an easy workaround to this problem.

“A good way to make yourself effectively more flexible is to turn them about 20 degrees, maybe even more than that,” Clearwater says.

This alone will help increase your backswing turn, but pairing it with another move can bring it to another level…

2. Straighten your trail leg

With your setup adjusted, now it’s time to make a backswing. As the club moves away, Skupaka says you’ll want to feel your trail leg gradually straighten.

“Doing this adds some flex into your lead leg, which makes it easier to turn the hips,” he says.

This one-two punch will help you turn more on the backswing for a bigger, more powerful backswing.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.