Crush It!

Hit bigger drives with the help of the game's longest drivers

Hitting big drives is arguably the most satisfying, and fun, part of golf. We all want to do it more often but simply don’t know the best method for harnessing our full distance potential. In the following pages, you’ll find tips and tricks from 13 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship competitors, all of whom know a thing or two about power. Read carefully and get ready to go deep.

How To Avoid The Blow Up Round

Fix your game, mid-round and avoid a big number

It probably has happened to all of you at one time or another. You’re in the middle of an otherwise solid round of golf when suddenly it all heads south, and no matter what you try, nothing can get your game back on track. It’s a frustrating experience, and one that’s sometimes made worse by trying to “right the ship.”

2009 Drivers Buyer’s Guide

Today’s drivers are so fine-tuned and well-made that it’s a cinch to find the right model for your game._Ê If your old model_Ê doesn’t have you hitting it long and straight, one of this year’s new drivers definitely will. Remember when hitting 300-yard drives was something you only dreamed about? Well those days are over now that drivers are more powerful, more forgiving and more fun to hit than ever before.

Educate Your Hands

Better Iron Play Is Within Your Grasp

Most of the time when you read golf instruction pertaining to the hands, it has to do with how you grip the club._Ê

8-Second Countdown

How to make the most of those crucial moments before you putt.

Standing over a putt for too long (and freezing up) can seriously impact the fluidity of your putting stroke. To make sure you don’t get this overanalysis paralysis, I suggest you don’t wait too long in between your last practice stroke and your actual putt. In fact, it should take you a maximum of eight seconds! Anything longer than that, and it’s hard to retain the desired feel for the putt at hand.

Power Driving

Hitting bigger, more powerful drives is just a few tips away.

As an instructor, it can be a challenge to get students to work on chipping and putting–however, they would drop anything to be able to spend time at the range working on their tee shots! Driving the ball longer and straighter is the ultimate goal for most, and there’s no club they wouldn’t buy if they thought it would help them drive the ball like Tiger Woods!

PROspectives: Eric Axley

How to chip like a pro.

On the PGA Tour, the ability to get up and down consistently from around the green is critical, and being a good pitcher of the ball makes saving pars a lot easier. The three basic shots you need to know are high, medium and low pitches. Master these three, and you’ll be able to handle just about any situation.

Focus On: Pinehurst, Southern Pines & Aberdeen

In these challenging economic times, quality counts more than ever, and when it comes to playing golf it’s hard to beat the quality (and quantity) of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen golf courses.

Hot Sticks ’09

The hottest new golf gear for 2009

Designed to provide a combination of ultra-high performance with traditional looks and feel, the Tour Preferred irons from TaylorMade are a great choice for the demanding player. Features include a Tour-configured sole, a shallow, undercut cavity, vibration-management sound badge and TM’s Inverted Cone Technology for enhanced distance and forgiveness.

March-April 2009

The latest in golf equipment, instruction, training aids, apparel & more

Now Playing: Cleveland Niblick Who said you can’t have it all? The new Niblick ($110) from Cleveland Golf combines the playability of a wedge, putter, iron and hybrid—all in one. Dubbed “the original short-iron hybrid,” the Niblick is a useful tool for executing tough shots from around the green, including the rough, hardpan or sand. Read more…