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 driving distance: 313.4 yards


It's wrong to say your chest should be pointing at the target when you finish the swing. I want my chest pointing considerably left of the target. I don't stop turning until my body won't turn anymore. If it stopped at any point before that, guess what, my hands would flip the clubface shut and I'd hook it. A complete body turn through the ball allows me to hit a solid fade and take the left side of the course out of play.
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