FIRE YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER DOWN THROUGH THE BALL
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.