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Get Your Power Back

Simple tips for gaining distance

August 2012

TIE A RIBBON TO INCREASE SPEED


Distance comes from a faster (not necessarily harder) swing through the impact zone. The whoosh drill--attaching a ribbon to the handle--provides instant feedback on club-head speed. The ribbon should really be ripping through impact.

ALL FINGERS ON THE GRIP

The 10-finger grip helps you hinge your wrists at the top of your backswing, creating a 90-degree angle between your left arm and the shaft. That puts you in a powerful position and encourages a proper release of the club at the bottom of the swing.

TEE IT HIGH & SWEEP IT

Most amateurs have a steep angle of attack into the ball--a real distance killer. To ensure a flatter plane with a sweeping action, tee the ball as high as you can. Hover the clubhead behind the ball, and let it fly.

FLATTEN YOUR SWING

I've heard different ways of hitting the ball softly. One is to play it more off the toe of the putter, but that can make the head twist at impact and send the ball off line. Another is to choke way down, but that changes your feel. To soften the hit, just swing in slow motion. That'll give you the extra touch you need on these sliders.

NICOLE WELLER is the author of the children's book Stick to Sports: Let's Play Golf. She is a Golf Digest Best Young Teacher and is the head instructor at The Landings Club, in Savannah, Ga.

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