Watch The Watch

Like anyone else, I have days when I’m not hitting the ball as crisply as I’d like. If I’m blocking my golf shots or hitting weak pushes, I always go back to basics and make sure I’m releasing the clubhead. Once I start releasing the clubhead properly again, I’ll regain my distance–and my accuracy.

Lengthen The Right

Golfers often talk about the importance of keeping a straight left arm during the backswing. Equally important, but seldom discussed, is the value of keeping the right arm straight during the first two feet of the takeaway. I see many amateurs bend their right elbow too much at address–which causes incorrect posture–and fold their right elbow too quickly as they take the club back. These right elbow flaws create a lifting action and produce a too-narrow swing arc, robbing players of their power potential.

Get A Wedge Edge

There’s more than one way to hit the ball long. Just look at the swings of long hitters like Tiger Woods, John Daly and Fred Couples. Each is different and each serves its purpose well. However, to hit your longest, most powerful drives, three elements must be present: You must fully release the club, swing with an even tempo and remain in balance.

Anchor Your Right Foot

One key to hitting more powerful golf shots is keeping your body behind the ball before impact. A premature lifting of the right foot during the downswing causes golfers to shift too much of their weight to the left side, resulting in a loss of power and distance.

Alternate Driving

When your driving goes south -- or when situations call for something other than the big dog -- ?don't forget your options

The well-worn cliché “drive for show, putt for dough” is familiar to

most golfers, but heeded by few. Hitting big drives is, in fact, often

the most desirable accomplishment in the game for many recreational

players, most of whom are less concerned with score than the bragging

rights that accompany a long drive. Players who are interested in

shooting good scores, however, know that accurate driving, or

strategically positioning the ball off the tee, is a critical part of

playing solid golf, and sometimes mandates the use of different clubs.

Keep It Level

One of the keys to a solid golf swing is a level turn of the shoulders

and hips during the backswing. A solid rotation not only promotes

consistent ballstriking, but lays the foundation for achieving maximum

distance as well.

Preload The Power

Preload The PowerI’m frequently approached at my power clinics and exhibitions by senior

golfers who claim they’ve lost strength and suppleness, which

translates into shorter tee shots. My advice to them for regaining lost

distance is simple and direct: pre-load your power. By that I mean

seniors should make a few swing adjustments to compensate for advancing

age and a diminished ability to turn their shoulders and torque their

torso.

Clear The Way

Clear The WayYou can’t hit big drives if your body gets stuck. That’s why I make a

point of rotating my hips completely open on the downswing. This allows

my arms to fully extend through the hitting area. Not only do my hips

clear, but they remain level, which is key. By rotating through on a

level plane, my right shoulder, arm and hip are able to continue adding

power through impact. This prevents my body from getting stuck, which

would limit the potential for clubhead speed by forcing me to hit only

with my hands.

Alter Your Focus

One of the first lessons most golfers learn is to “keep your eye on the

ball.” I’m here to offer a better suggestion: Move your eyes behind the

ball. Heresy, you say? I don’t think so. That’s because when a golfer makes

his or her backswing with a full turn of the shoulders and a proper

shift of weight, the center of his or her chest, or sternum, will be

well behind the ball. (Exactly how far behind the ball depends on an

individual’s suppleness and flexibility.)

Coil And Load

There are many keys to a powerful swing, and my number-one focus is to

establish a powerful backswing coil. Notice how my left arm is parallel

to the ground while the shaft is perpendicular to it. This position

indicates a massive turn away from the ball and not a simple lifting of

the club to the top (you can see my entire body stretching and

straining to get turned). The coil is further enhanced by my left foot,

which is firmly on the ground. This limits the amount I can turn my

hips while still allowing me to rotate my shoulders as much as

possible.

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