King of Europe Tommy Fleet­wood

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Tommy Fleet­wood av­er­ages 303.5 yards off the tee and hits 72 per cent of fair­ways, a com­bi­na­tion that ranks him top for ‘to­tal driv­ing’ and sees him gain more than half a shot per round against the field. His driv­ing prow­ess has pow­ered the 27-year-old to three wins in the last 18 months and a record-ty­ing 63 in the US Open that saw him fin­ish just one shot off win­ner Brooks Koepka. He told GW what makes his swing tick.

AD­DRESS

My back isn’t as straight as some­one ab­so­lutely text­book like Adam Scott, but I’m cer­tainly not slouched ei­ther. I like to be ath­letic and com­fort­able, without be­ing too rigid. Not every­one is built the same so find the pos­ture that works for you.

BACKSWING

I’ve been work­ing on a more neu­tral take­away, a one-piece move with quiet hands. The shaft should be par­al­lel to the tar­get line when it is hor­i­zon­tal, with the club­head point­ing straight up. Turn­ing your lead shoul­der un­der your chin should set the club in this po­si­tion.

AT THE TOP

To be hon­est, I never re­ally think about where the club is at the top. I used to get a lit­tle bit across the line, but it’s def­i­nitely in a much bet­ter po­si­tion now be­cause of the more neu­tral take­away that I’ve been work­ing hard on.

“I thought there would be more play­ers from the Amer­i­can team. I thought they were go­ing to come to show their in­ter­est, and maybe if they had a good week, they can show that they can com­pete on this golf course.” Jon Rahm ex­pected to see more of Team USA play the French Open at Le Golf Na­tional in Ry­der Cup prepa­ra­tion.

“One of the neat things about play­ing The Open, they don’t care what par is. They let what­ever Mother Na­ture has… if it’s a wet Open, it is, if it is dry, it’s dry. They don’t try to man­u­fac­ture an Open.” Tiger Woods’ back­handed dig at the USGA and bor­der­line un­playable Shin­necock Hills course.

DOWN­SWING

To achieve sta­bil­ity, I try to keep my left side firm with my left thigh stay­ing solid, like I’m hit­ting against a wall. This helps bot­tom half stay square longer be­fore turn­ing to­wards the tar­get. I splay my left foot slightly open to help my weight move onto my left.

IM­PACT

Im­pact is al­ways my main fo­cus. Too many golfers ob­sess over other po­si­tions, but this is the mo­ment that re­ally mat­ters. I want the club do­ing as lit­tle as pos­si­ble. I don’t want the hands work­ing; this makes it a much more re­peat­able and con­sis­tent ac­tion.

FIN­ISH

Peo­ple of­ten ad­vise a three-quar­ter swing for con­trol, but I’m not a big fan of that tac­tic. I have to hit it hard and go all the way through. Every­body has their own ten­den­cies and their own swing – you just have to make the best of what you have.

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