DRIVE LIKE A CHAMPION
How to get the most out of every drive – BMW PGA champ Francesco Molinari shows you how.
Only five players hit a higher percentage of fairways last year than Francesco Molinari and in 2015 the Italian recorded the most accurate season of driving on the PGA Tour in the last decade. But he also gets it out there, averaging 308.9 yards. That combination of distance and accuracy ranks him seventh in strokes gained off the tee. Alongside long-time swing coach Denis Pugh, the 35-year-old has built a swing that hits it long and straight.
Balanced and relaxed, Francesco’s weight is on the middle of his feet, offering good stability. There’s nothing uncomfortable or forced; this is his natural posture over a golf ball.
A textbook ‘one-piece’ move as hands, hips and shoulders all work away together. The clubface perfectly matches his spine angle, showing he’s kept it square with no manipulation.
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The clubface remains perfectly square, now matching Molinari’s left wrist. Keeping it square throughout the swing means he doesn’t have to ‘work it’ at impact, a key to his consistent accuracy.
The clubface is still square, meaning all he needs is solid contact for an accurate shot. A neutral swing plane means he can hit fades or draws without having to make big alterations.
Still in posture, Molinari’s hips have rotated but not fired towards the ball – a common amateur mistake. His passive hands are not rotating hard or ‘flipping’, another accuracy killer.
A balanced and controlled finish, Francesco’s whole body has rotated to face the target. All the weight has shifted to the outside of his left foot, delivering maximum power.