Aug 19 2011 Perthshire Advertiser Friday
Play Better Golf
IF you watched Keegan Bradley win the USPGA, then I am sure you noticed just how far he was hitting the ball.
If you would like to add some yards to your drives then read on.
When hitting a driver you should widen your stance a little providing a more stable base, place the ball forwards opposite your left foot and make sure that your left shoulder sits higher than your right (pic.1).
On your backswing concentrate on making a full shoulder turn, loading your weight on to the instep of your right foot and ensuring that your head does not sway to the right (pic.2).
The emphasis when playing with a driver must be on swinging up and through to a full finish rather than hitting down at the ball. The correct movement will launch the ball higher with reduced backspin making your ball carry further and run more on landing. When you follow through correctly you will find that your weight ends up fully on your left foot with the sole of your right shoe pointing away from the target and your club all the way round behind your head (pic.3).
Give it a whack with the driver, even if you are a bit offline you will be hitting a shorter iron to the green and you will score better.
If you are going to swing softly with a driver in an effort to hit straight, then you might as well hit 3 wood!