Play the longgame

Hit the ball fur­ther with ad­vice from long drive cham­pion Lu­cas Dor­nan

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UK long drive cham­pion Lu­cas Dor­nan will take part in Bri­tain’s first ever Long Drive World Se­ries event on 8th July at the Royal County of Berk­shire Polo Club in Wind­sor. Visit long­drive­world­

Whether you’re a golf­ing novice or a vet­eran of the greens, you can al­ways stand to get more dis­tance. “If you’ve never picked up a golf club be­fore it’s likely that you’ll come over the top and slice it, and that’s go­ing to kill your dis­tance,” says Dor­nan, who ad­vises fo­cus­ing on the key mo­ments. “The back­swing is ir­rel­e­vant. How you get to the top of your swing is ir­rel­e­vant. All the ball knows is what hap­pens on im­pact and in the fol­low-through – where the club goes im­me­di­ately four inches af­ter im­pact.”

So where should you aim? “I like to see play­ers hit­ting it from the in­side [the part of the ball clos­est to you] – you see big hit­ters like Rory McIl­roy come from un­der­neath and hit from in­side to out. Think of a David Beck­ham free kick and how he gets that top­spin from strik­ing the ball in­side to out.”

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