At the Titleist Performance Institute, we’ve studied every millimeter and millisecond of the swing using state-of-the-art computer-mapping technology. Thanks to this research, we’ve learned that the most effective way to retain the angle between your left arm and the shaft (called the “power angle”) all the way to impact is to first fire your hips at the start of your downswing, then your torso and arms, and finally the club. This sequence saves all your clubhead speed for contact. If you swing out of sequence, you’ll lose the angle—and precious yards off the tee.

To get a feel for what retaining your power angle feels like, imagine you’re swinging in a waist-deep swimming pool. As you start down from the top in this pretend swing, try to get the butt end of the club into the water before the clubhead. If you can’t envision it, go back to the top of your swing and pump the grip end of the club into the water using only your arms. Do this twice. On the third pump, swing all the way through, being sure to turn your hips before moving anything else.

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