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Hit It Big And Hit The Fairway

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OUT OF SYNC!
Boy am I way out of sync here! My hips have barely cleared, and my shoulders are level. I’m going to smother that ball low and ugly.

GET IN SYNC
TO START SWINGING in sync, try my “pump drill.” It’ll help you prevent your upper body from “diving” at the ball. It also makes it easier for you to initiate your downswing with your lower body.

Take a look at the four photos above. All I’m doing is taking a backswing and then coming down halfway until my hands are about waist high. My hands and my front knee move at the same time as I do this. (Feel free to try this with a training rod stuck vertically in the ground outside your left foot too, so your front hip hits it during the pump.)


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2 3 4

Make two half swings, and then make a full swing on your third swing. Think, “1, 2, 3, hit,” and you’ll start to swing in tempo, making cleaner, crisper contact.


HOLD IT
:01, :02, :03
FINISH YOUR SWING
I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I’ve seen golfers finish their swings out of balance. For that matter, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told them it’s so important to end in balance. The position in which you finish is a direct by-product of how you’ve swung. An out-of-balance finish indicates an out-of-balance swing, while an in-balance finish is the result of a fluid, balanced swing.

To ensure that your swing is balanced, hold your finish for at least three seconds. On the driving range, hold it for even longer...until your ball lands. You’ll be amazed at how holding a long, balanced finish will change the way you swing. You’ll swing more within yourself, stop overswinging and make more consistent contact.

DID YOU KNOW?
DRIVING LEADERS (as of August 4, 2010)


PGA TOUR

DISTANCE
Robert Garrigus: 318.2 yds.
Bubba Watson: 306.7
Dustin Johnson: 306.6

LPGA TOUR


Tamie Durdin: 273.8
Michelle Wie: 272.3
Karin Sjodin: 266.5
CHAMPIONS TOUR


Fred Couples: 294.9
Keith Fergus: 294.2
Sandy Lyle: 292.7
FAIRWAYS HIT
Omar Uresti: 75.76%
Joe Durant: 74.26
Brian Gay: 73.91

Mi Hyun Kim: 79.9
Jiyai Shin: 77.9
Morgan Pressel: 77.8

Allen Doyle: 82.49
Wayne Levi: 81.22
Hale Irwin: 81.03




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