Tip From the Archives

Turn Like Fred

Problem

You are looking for more powerful drives.

Cure

If you are interested in modifying your swing style, you could improve your driving distance by creating an earlier torso turn.

Therapy

Try watching how Fred Couples swings his torso early during the backswing as his arms gain a great extension out away from his body. After his early torso turn, he lifts his arms up and around as he completes his shoulder swing. If you pay close attention to his swing you will notice that his hips stop turning first, then his shoulders, finally his hands and arms finish the backswing. He stretches his leading side extremely far around with a great arm extension that to creates the torque necessary for a powerful uncoiling into the ball. Although his backswing is unsynchronized, the slight pause at the top of the swing allows his timing and synchronization to improve for a flawless contact.

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