The Power Drive

Think you’re ready to rip it? Think again

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

hen guys in par­tic­u­lar want some ex­tra dis­tances, they usu­ally stand fur­ther from the ball and re­ally stretch out their arms.They feel more pow­er­ful in this ex­tended po­si­tion. But the re­al­ity is, they end up pro­duc­ing less swing speed and hit­ting a weak drive to the right. Let me ex­plain.

The prob­lem with ex­tend­ing your arms is, you get more bent over, and your weight moves out to your toes (above, left).When you swing from there, grav­ity pulls you out even fur­ther, so you re­act by pulling up to save your bal­ance.That causes the club­head to swing across the line from

WButch Har­mon, out to in.You might hit a strong pull, but chance are, you’re go­ing to wipe across the ball and send it slic­ing.A bet­ter ap­proach if you want more dis­tance is to set up to hit a draw. Start with your arms re­laxed and hang­ing com­fort­ably from your shoul­ders, then take a closed stance, with your feet, hips and shoul­ders aimed to the right of your tar­get (above, right).Then try to swing out to the right and hit the in­side part of the ball. Think of it like a big, sweep­ing fore­hand in ten­nis.You’ll sling the club through and ro­tate your right arm over your left.That’s a draw – and that’s real power.

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