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Want better impact and more distance? Work on your dynamic motion

While most amateurs will never have the ability to drive the golf ball 300-plus yards like the pros do, one way to consistently see solid contact is by improving your dynamic motion in the swing.

What does this mean, exactly?

A dynamic move is when one part of your body is traveling in the opposite direction from another. For example, if you start your lower body forward while your arms are still in the backswing, it will create a move that mirrors a whip being snapped.

There are a few different ways to create dynamic motion in your swing, and GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jason Baile — director of instruction at Jupiter Hills Club, in Tequesta, Fla. — shows an easy drill to use in the video above.

Baile starts by standing on force pedals, which are training aids designed to help you increase clubhead speed. The dynamic motion he demonstrates involves using his feet and hips to generate more power.

“I’ve got my force pedals here, one on the inside of my right foot, another on the ball of my left foot,” he says. “If I’m loaded at the top of my backswing, most players are trying to turn. You can’t turn until you shift.”

Baile says amateurs know to turn their hips, but they forget to shift their weight forward first. When this happens, their swing sequence falls out of sync, often leading to an open clubface.

This is why Baile reminds players to shift their weight from one foot to the other by using dynamic motion.

“We have to shift to the left from the inside heel to the ball of the feet,” he says. “Once that happens, the left hip can turn, the left leg can post, and we can create that dynamic impact position we’re all looking for.”

Try adding dynamic motion to your swing by practicing Baile’s demo at home. Not only will you see better contact, but you’ll also increase clubhead speed for longer shots.

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