Justin James is simply the longest driver of a golf ball on planet earth right now.
James took home the world championship belt in 2017 with a drive over 430 yards, after finishing a heartbreaking 3rd in 2016. Check out his winning drive:
One of his secrets to hitting far is in his training regimen. Today we’re going to take a look at his kettle bell routine:
In this workout I recommend starting with just the first exercise, the basic kettle bell swing, which is very similar to the deadlift. You can develop the clean and the overhead lifts later when you feel comfortable with the movement. I would start with a lighter weight for those to minimize risk of injury.
Try 3 sets of 8 with a lighter weight than you can handle for your first workout. Then see how you feel two days later. If you are sore, wait a couple more days until it passes, and then go at it again. Slowly add weight as you feel more sure of the movement and the weight is under control. Better to train safe than get injured.
A powerful driver of the ball pushes force down into the ground as they begin their downswing, mostly through the left heel. At maximum, he or she may register a force of double their body weight for a split second before pushing off as they go through impact.
For most, this ‘squatting and jumping’ is a natural thing that occurs when a swing is fast due to good mechanical fundamentals. Some do this more than others. Justin does this similarly to Justin Thomas on the PGA Tour. Check it out:
See how the weight goes into the turf under the left foot, and then he is literally off the ground through impact? While the hands apply torque to the grip to uncock the club, this move gives a helping turbo boost to make it happen even quicker.