Vijay Singh’s 3 keys for generating easy power

vijay singh hits a tee shot during the 2010 sony open

More clubhead speed is the key for hitting it longer, but easy power starts with solid, square contact on the face.

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Everyone could use a few extra yards on their tee shots. No matter if you’re a weekend hack struggling to break 100 or a pro grinding to make the cut, 10 extra yards on your drives goes a long way.

That thirst for power has only been exaggerated in the current era of the game. With advanced analytics illustrating exactly how important power is, everyone is looking to add those extra yards.

But that need for (clubhead) speed isn’t just a new phenomenon. Need some proof? Look no further than the October 2004 issue of GOLF Magazine. In its pages, Vijay Singh outlined his three keys for easy power — and how you can use them to pick up those precious extra yards.

Vijay’s 3 keys for easy power

I’ve added 15 yards to my tee shots in the last two years — not bad for a 41-year-old. More clubhead speed has been a big key for me, but power starts with solid, square contact. Here’s how to gain yards without swinging out of your shoes. 

Start with the basics

—Tee up so that at least half the ball is above the topline of your driver. You’ll make a powerful sweep through impact. 
—Every golfer has his own ideal tempo. Set aside 30 minutes a week to hit driver only. You’ll find the tempo that’s right for you. 
—Work out your golf muscles. Attach an elastic band to a doorknob and practice my turn to stretch my shoulders and arms. 
—Ask your pro to help you choose a driver shaft. The right shaft flex and weight can be as crucial as the right clubhead. 

Then remember these three keys.

1. Widen your arc

I’m tall and limber, but even if your physique is different, you can still stretch out your arc. Start with a wide stance, and as you shift to your right side going back, push against the grip with your right hand. You’ll extend your arms and move the clubhead as far away as possible, setting up a powerful downswing. 

2. Get to the top

On most tee shots | swing at about 80-percent effort, but | always make a good upper-body windup. I see a lot of amateurs cut off their backswings and rush the club down to the ball. If that sounds like you, try to pause for an instant at the top. You’ll be in a good position to transfer your energy forward. 

3. Let it all go

Too many amateurs stop their hip rotation on the downswing and swing through with their arms only, which limits clubhead speed. When you release, include your torso, hips and legs, so that everything moves through together. Get it right and you’ll hit the ball hard. 

Zephyr Melton Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with the Texas Golf Association, Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf. He can be reached at