BREED'S BA­SICS

Three po­si­tions you need to max­imise your dis­tance.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Michael Breed

With the driver, golfers have such an in­stinct to smash the ball, they some­times for­get about get­ting in po­si­tion so they can. Short, fast back­swings with no windup lead to weak down­swings.You can’t hit the ball with power if you don’t set it up go­ing back.

Let’s look at three check­points in this photo. First, no­tice how much my up­per body has ro­tated.You hear peo­ple say,“Turn the left shoul­der be­hind the ball,” but the prob­lem with that is, each shoul­der has a range of mo­tion in­de­pen­dent of body turn. I can move my left shoul­der back 20 to 30 de­grees with­out turn­ing my chest. So in­stead, fo­cus on get­ting your back to the tar­get – that makes the shoul­ders and hips ro­tate to max­imise torque.

Se­cond, check out my wrist set. Hing­ing the wrists cre­ates a very pow­er­ful lever in the swing that you can use to cre­ate a burst of speed through im­pact. The an­gle be­tween my left fore­arm and the shaft is about 45 de­grees here. I have a ton of po­ten­tial en­ergy to un­load as I start my for­ward mo­tion to­wards the ball.

Third, I’ve clearly got lighter on my lead leg dur­ing the back­swing.Think of any pow­er­ful throw­ing mo­tion, like a rugby pass or base­ball pitch:The front foot of­ten comes o the ground, with the weight go­ing to the back heel.That comes from the hips and shoul­ders turn­ing fully. From there, you can drive for­ward and ap­ply all the power you’ve stored on the way back.

“Don’t try to turn your shoul­ders. Get your back to the tar­get.”

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