Making Things Happen

A Source of Power
In order to produce clubhead speed a golfer is required to create a few ‘power’ positions – a good upper body coil against lower body stability; a correct wrist set to create leverage; width at the top of the backswing; and during each of these elements it is all the while critical to maintain body angles.
It can be confidently stated that most if not all golfers have realised that the golf swing is a very complex combination of movements and that it requires co-ordinated movement which includes stability, mobility and flexibility.



Focus on Lats

The flexibility or lack thereof of the Lats is what I want to focus on in this brief article, as tight lats have a direct influence on our ability to rotate correctly and position our arms in the ‘power’ position.
  • Firstly, tight Lats in the backswing prevent a good coil and force a golfer to lift their bodies to complete a turn – this is not only inefficient but it also places enormous stress on the lower back.
  • Secondly, the tight Lats trap the upper arm against the body preventing one from creating width at the top of the backswing.

  • Thirdly, inflexibility in the lats through the hitting area does not allow the arms to rotate correctly through impact

and creates the dreaded chicken wing.


It simultaneously puts undue stress on the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints.
This is where the input of the ‘physical’ professionals comes in. Have a look at the enclosed feature articles by Jan and Brigitte to understand the purpose of the lats and how you can achieve the ‘power’ position at the
top of the backswing.
Roger Wessels
Head of Golf