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Power

Every player — beginner, weekend player or competitor — is always searching for more power and greater distance. Technology can help solve the problem with drivers designed to create more distance, but the player needs to know how to use the club to maximize its design techniques.

To do so, Shields said golfers have to realize that the club shaft must properly stress, or bend, at certain times in the swing for speed and power.

• Here’s what he suggests to get more power:

To get the shaft to bend, your body must lead the sequence both ways — in the backswing and during the downswing. Try starting your swing by using your body to pull the grip end of the club, not using your hands to move the clubhead.

Then begin your downswing by settling on your front foot, again using your body to pull the handle. Remember, body leads back and through. That will help bend the shaft and generate more power.

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