CRUSH YOUR DRIVE
You may not be able to generate 128mph clubhead speed and rip it 320 off the tee, but there’s plenty you can learn from one of the biggest hitters in the game.
Looking for explosive distance off the tee? Brooks Koepka shows you how.
Drive for show, putt for dough, the old adage goes. Brooks Koepka did both in 2017, ranking seventh on the PGA Tour in driving distance with a 311-yard average and 12th in strokes gained putting with a .475 average. This means he gained nearly half-a-stroke on the field every round on the greens. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder the 28-year-old had a breakout year, winning twice – including his first major championship last June at the US Open – and posting two other runner-up finishes.
When it came to Erin Hills, Koepka was even better. Over four days on the 7,800-yard layout, he hit a whopping 49 of 56 fairways (10th best) and 62 of 72 greens in regulation (11th), including a field-best 86 per cent in the final round. Once he got on the greens he kept the theme going, ranking fourth for the week with 441 feet of putts made. Koepka shot a sizzling final-round 67 to become just the third player since 1987 to shoot 67 or better in the final round of a US Open. His 16-under total also tied the tournament scoring record set by Rory McIlroy in 2011. Here, Koepka and his coach, Claude Harmon III, reveal the six swing keys that deliver the power that underpins his whole game.