Tour Trends

Get Your Game In Shape With The Hottest Trends On Tour



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OLD SCHOOL

NEW SCHOOL
The Tour pros I teach have altered their swings over the past few years to better match the latest equipment, advances in physical conditioning and varying course conditions.

As a result, not only have their swings become more efficient, but they’ve added a lot of new shots to their game, as well. These “trends” aren’t just for Tour pros, however. They’re for you, too.

1. SQUARE UP IN THE BUNKER
Players used to hit this shot by opening their stance and swinging with an open clubface, on an outside-in swing path . But it often caused them to come down steeply, take a deep divot and lose control.

Now, players set up more square, squat down a bit and stand farther away from the ball so their swing is more rounded.

As a result, the divot is thinner and the club slides through the sand.

This helps control trajectory, distance and spin much better than the old-school bunker swing.


Old School

New School
2. DON’T FLIP, JUST TURN AND RIP
Here I’m using a bucket of balls to help illustrate how to (and how not to) release the club. On the left, I’m releasing the club with my hands. Note how the balls spilled? This is an old-school arms-and-hand swing that relied on timing, hitting lots of balls and grooving your release.

These days, players use their body to release and control the clubface. Instead of rotating their hands, they turn their body aggressively through the ball and keep their hands quiet through impact (note how the balls don’t spill in the photo at left).

Why are they doing this? Good technology and better physical conditioning (in particular, core strength) mean that players can utilize their larger muscles more efficiently.


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