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3. Golfer Type: Women

A COMMON CHALLENGE for women golfers is how to hit it farther without overswinging and/or losing their great tempo. It’s no secret that women, on average, hit the ball shorter than men. Consider that the LPGA’s longest hitter, Michelle Wie, averages 275.7 yards per drive. That’s a nice poke, but nowhere near PGA Tour leader Robert Garrigus who averages 315.9 yards off the tee. (Wie still outdrives about nearly 15 PGA Tour pros including Jim Furyk, Tim Clark, Paul Goydos, Mike Weir and Brian Gay.) However, scroll down the LPGA list and you’ll see that the distance averages quickly drop off. The shortest LPGA driver, Song Yi Choi averages only 216.3 yards off the tee, about as far many PGA Tour pros hit their 5-irons. The good news though, ladies, is that you can still learn to hit it farther than you do now.

Many of my female students struggle with poor pivot action and poor lower-body stability (in particular a lot of ankle roll). Without a strong base—one that results in a slide as you see below left—it’s virtually impossible to store and unleash any power. To remedy this, stand on two balance disks and make some swings. Because the disks are unstable, it’ll force you to find stability through proper use of your trunk, glutes, quads and ankles.

Another great drill is this simple “punching drill.” Try it first without a club as I’m doing here (opposite page, above). Make a fist, then make a “swing,” really feeling your arm fly through the impact area. After doing that a few times, hold a club in your right hand and do the same thing, trying to create a swooshing sound at the impact area.

To hit it far, you need to have the right kind of attitude. That’s where using an impact bag can really help you. (Hey, no one says only men can knock the stuffing out of the ball!) In fact, slamming your clubhead into the bag repeatedly can be downright fun. It also helps teach you how to feel solid contact, as striking a solid blow into any object is a product of feeling the hit in the hands, arms and correct use of the body!

4. Golfer Type: Junior

JUNIORS, AND EVEN kids on the lower end of the strength scale into their high-school years, typically have a lot of flexibility, but are limited in how much power they generate.



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