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Even if you’re re­ally good at putting and chip­ping, you’re only go­ing to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to score well from get­ting the ball in play and in the right part of the fair­ways. Ev­ery­thing starts from the tee. When I’m driv­ing it well, I’m very con­fi­dent in my scor­ing abil­ity. It seems like my putting stroke even comes around and I give my­self a lot of good op­por­tu­ni­ties. Two things will help you hit the ball long and in play. Firstly, you ab­so­lutely have to swing in bal­ance. The best play­ers in the world who hit it far are swing­ing in bal­ance and within them­selves. I’m not try­ing to hit it far but my dis­tance is the re­sult of stay­ing bal­anced for that one mo­ment at im­pact and cre­at­ing a good re­sult. Se­condly, you have to be loaded at the top for you to make an ag­gres­sive move at the ball. A lot of guys talk about ‘fin­ish­ing your back­swing’. I need to know I’m in a place where I can com­fort­ably tran­si­tion to­wards the ball by mak­ing sure I feel the club feels loaded. That’s how I get the max­i­mum dis­tance, with con­trol.

Stay with the shot You want your right shoul­der to be low through im­pact but you can’t get that if you hit early with the up­per body at the start of the down­swing, like many am­a­teurs do.

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