Yawn if you must, but the reason Jason Day can execute any shot he wants under the most pressure-packed situations starts with one word: fundamentals. "It doesn't sound exciting or sexy, but we concentrate more on fundamentals than the majority of players do," says Col Swatton, who has coached Day for the past 17 years and is his caddie.
Knowing that he's "neutral" with everything from head position to grip to weight distribution allows Day to make confident, free-wheeling swings, Swatton says. And though you might not have Day's athletic ability or nearly enough time to hone a swing like his, there's no reason you can't swing from a fundamentally sound address position, Swatton says.
"I just don't see enough golfers using alignment rods, checking ball position, making sure their grip is right, weight balanced, they're standing the correct distance from the ball," he says. "Ignore those things, and you'll develop poor swing tendencies. Pay attention to those things, and you'll have the foundation to make a good swing. Tedious or not, it's that important." – Ron Kaspriske