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What you need to know about Driving.


 Most golfers are aware that a good drive is essential to a low scoring round of golf. If you drive well you don’t have to hit your second shot from behind a tree or out of the rough or be under pressure of having to make up distance that you lost on a poor drive. The goals therefore are distance and accuracy when driving.

How do you gain distance and accuracy when driving? Simplified, you apply the rudiments of sound fundamentals and sound advice. More pointedly you insure that your grip, stance, backswing, and downswing are correct.

Regarding the grip; the left hand controls the area of club that it covers on the club. This means that when you raise the club above your head it should be supported by the forearm and wrist and when you hit the ball there should be a straight line through the forearm wrist and club shaft. If not then the left hand is not controlling this section of the club. The right hand controls the area below the left incorporating the shaft to the club head. As your swing nears impact the hands will have say 7” to travel to impact, while the club head will have approx. 7’ to the ball. That’s a 1 to 10 ratio. So just before ball contact the club head is rushing towards the ball to catch up with the hands for impact. Here the right elbow and hand assists the pull of the swing but never to overpower it to then continue into the follow through.

As for the stance, the key is the position of the feet and hips in relation to the target. Without proper positioning a golfer cannot achieve a proper swing arc. There are three general types of stance to consider. Open, closed and square - An open or a closed stance may be appropriate if you are deciding to bend your tee shot for a position on a dogleg fairway, but a square stance with feet, knees, hips, shoulders parallel to the target line is the stance you want.

The square stance enables you to create the greatest coil. Coil being the ratio difference between hips and shoulders. A typical coil would be with the shoulders turning twice as much as the hips. Weight moving into the right leg during the backswing causes the leg to brace and restricts the hip turn but not the shoulder turn. The more weight you move into the left leg the greater the restriction and therefore the greater the coil.
If hips and shoulders turned the same amount there would be little power contributing from the body.

The downswing, the power of the body must be applied in close progression, beginning with a movement from below the left knee, followed by the hips shoulders arms and hands. Never forget that the last link of power the hands, is needed only to assist centrifugal force and should not be used to overcome this vital and natural force. Hands and club moving through impact on a plane pointing to the target then carry the club upward to point to the sky finishing with a purposeful balanced completed swing.  Your tool kit for better golf.


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