ANYONE CAN GO BIG WITH GOOD FUNDAMENTALS
Pound for pound, my swing is the most powerful on Tour. I’m not one of the biggest guys but I am one of the longest hitters so it just goes to show that power isn’t all about size. I love to really go at it with the driver through impact, but in all honesty it’s the fundamentals that make me a big hitter. I focus on flexibility, width, rotation, balance and swing plane. Nail these driving basics and you can swing out of your spikes with full confidence.
1 2 3 Accurate aim Parallel shaft Create torque I constantly check my feet, hips and shoulders are parallel and aiming correctly so I can make a neutral swing. I like to feel like I’m standing tall to help me create width. A handy trick if you slice the ball is to drop your trail foot back about an inch in relation to your lead foot to encourage you to swing more from the inside. My lower body moves very little in the takeaway but my hands are well away from my body as the shaft reaches parallel to the ground, which creates width. Pause here and check that your left arm is extended, the shaft is pointing parallel to your target line, your wrists feel flat and you’re relaxed and in no hurry. My goal in my backswing is to create maximum torque between my upper and lower body. My shoulders have turned more than 90° to the ball, while my hips haven’t rotated nearly as much. This coiling of the upper body against the lower body creates resistance that can be turned into speed in the downswing. 4 5 6 Left hip up Centre strike Balanced FInish The downswing is the easy part. Simply transfer the energy stored in your backswing to the ball by rapidly unwinding your lower body. My only thought is to pull my left hip up and behind me. This helps me fully rotate through the shot, while simultaneously pulling the left hip up creates greater dynamic loft at impact. The extent to which my feet lift off the ground illustrates how much I’m pushing down into the ground to generate power. But power is useless without precision. Hitting the centre of the face is vital because for every quarter-inch away from the sweet spot you make contact, you lose 10mph of ball speed. I can only swing so aggressively because I’m able to stay balanced and maintain control of my clubead. The swing speed you create will be wasted if your swing path is poor or your face isn’t close to square. Hold a balanced finish position until your ball lands on every drive and you’ll become longer and straighter. 2.