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.

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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.

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