Drive Time

Hitting longer and straighter drives can be easy as long as you have the right fundamentals

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Instead, the correct backswing is to rev up power by coiling the body back and over the right leg. There's no need to sway or artifically shift the weight to the right. With a strong coil of the upper and lower body, this will happen automatically.

And as for rotation, consider this ratio: For every degree you can turn your shoulders back, make sure your hips go half as far, and nothing more. This will create the torque you need to make a more powerful swing.

You Know Your knees
By keeping your knees separated on the backswing, you can really get a feel for what it means to make a backswing by coiling the upper body against the lower body, and the lower body against the ground. This also helps prevent you from swaying too much. To practice, I like to use a simple playground ball, and place it just inside my knees. As I swing back, I can really feel what it's like to rotate my waist and upper body. On the downswing, I let the ball drop (as you can see here). By doing so, I can fully rotate through the shot and into the finish position.
Give this a try, and if you don't have a playground ball, try a basketball, pillow or seat cushion. They work just as well.


Lower Body: Stable Going Through
Some of the more common power leaks on the downswing come from an overactive upper body, meaning the arms outrace the lower body, and your body weight stays stuck over your right leg. Or, you slide the lower body too much, causing a very steep downswing into the ball (left photos."

The correct way to transition into the downswing is to make sure you rotate, not slide or hang back! This means leading with a slight shift and a lower-body rotation toward the target as the hands drop down. As you can see here (see photos below), the stick on my left side shows I've made my way to my forward side by rotating, not sliding. I also haven't hung back on my right leg. This is how you stack your impact position for real power.


UPPER Body: Hold Your Triangle
If you watch some of the longest hitters on Tour, you'll see many of them swing with their arms in front of their sternum. When they do so, they create a triangle, as you can see here in the photos.


So what? It may seem simple, but check and see if you're maintaining a triangle. Check your setup, midway through your backswing and the top of your swing. If you can make a triangle, it means you're making a big, full turn with your body. If not, you might be faking a big backswing by simply laying your left arm across your chest and not rotating much at all.


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