King of Europe Tommy Fleetwood
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.