Tyrrell Hat­ton

Straight driv­ing will make him a valu­able team­mate at this year’s Ry­der Cup

Golf Digest Middle East - - Play - E. MICHAEL JOHN­SON

Al­though only 26, Eng­land’s Tyrrell Hat­ton has a ma­ture golf swing built over a decade that he trusts in the most pres­surised sit­u­a­tions. For that rea­son, un­like many pros who tinker, Hat­ton’s prac­tice is based on keep­ing his swing just the way it is.

That’s why Hat­ton’s fa­ther, Jeff, de­scribes him­self as a swing me­chanic and not a coach.

“I get in­volved with his game if some­thing is off,” Jeff says of Hat­ton, a three-time win­ner on the Euro­pean Tour and vir­tual lock to play in this year’s Ry­der Cup. “If he’s play­ing well, I don’t need to pro­vide in­put. It’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve had to do any true coach­ing.”

In­stead, the Hat­tons fo­cus on Tyrrell’s setup, two po­si­tions in his back­swing (the start and the top) and good bal­ance. The goal is to pro­duce a swing that pro­duces the straight­est ball flight pos­si­ble. Tyrrell says he shapes the shot only when nec­es­sary.

“Ninety per­cent of the work we do in the stu­dio is with launch mon­i­tors and high-speed video,” Jeff says. “My eyes are mostly drawn to the sidespin num­bers. The less, the bet­ter!”

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