Cover story: Golf Instruction

More Distance, Better Accuracy

Your big muscles are the key to longer, straighter drives

September 2012

I've played golf all my life relying on good hand action. It has helped me become the longest driver on the European Tour in four of the past five seasons. But as I've gotten older, I've come to understand that depending on my hands to square the clubface and produce a powerful draw is not a consistent way to play. I've been working hard on reducing my hand action and using a big body turn to hit the ball not only farther, but also straighter. It's a good lesson for you, too. If you can focus on body rotation, using your big muscles to create clubhead speed and square the face, you're going to drive the ball better than ever. Here are some tips to help you launch it.

ALVARO QUIROS, 29, was born in Guardiaro, Spain. He has won six times on the European Tour and is 44th in the World Golf Ranking.

Alvaro Quiros

Average clubhead speed: 121.5 mph


I've been working on making a more level shoulder turn so my backswing no longer feels long or loose. I want it to feel compact and that everything is tight. If the club gets past parallel--or even to parallel--at the top, that's a sign my hands are getting too active. That can screw up my timing on the downswing. But instead of worrying about where the shaft is at the top, I'm concentrating on turning back until my stomach and back muscles feel as if they're really stretched.
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