One of the game’s longest drivers can kill it...with a three-wood
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At just 24, it seems like Jason Day has already been around for a long time. The big-hitting Aussie performed beautifully in both last year's Masters and U.S. Open, notching second-place finishes. Despite not winning any tournaments, he ended up ninth on the PGA Tour Money List with nearly $4 million in earnings.
One of the big keys to Day's success is his prodigious length. Last year he averaged 302.6 yards off the tee, placing him 14th in driving distance. As of press time, this year Day has played in only two tournaments but is averaging approximately 298 yards off the tee. The tee box hasn't been all good news for Day. If he has a glaring weakness, it's his driving accuracy. Day finds the fairway only about 55% of the time, which ranks him near the bottom of that category. Perhaps that's why he's opting to hit a three-wood on this tee box.
We asked John Stahlschmidt to take a look at Day's swing to see where this wiry 6' 0", 165-pound Aussie generates his tremendous distance.
Sequence analyzed by John Stahlschmidt, PGA. John is a Top-25 Instructor and is the PGA Head Instructor for the TOUR Academy at TPC Scottsdale. To comment, email John at firstname.lastname@example.org.