Instruction
July 20, 2015

4 Ways To Smash It Like Tony

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As a former tour player from Utah, I knew about Tony's power long before I became his teacher last spring. His distance is almost unbelievable. He holds the record for the highest ball speed ever recorded on the PGA Tour--193 miles per hour--from the 2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Tony reins it in a lot of the time, but when he lets one go, there are few people who get anywhere close to him.

Where does he find that power? Tony is largely self-taught and by nature is non-technical. He's very smart--he's a voracious reader--but likes to approach the swing in simple language. He prefers swing keys that are visual and feel-oriented. We call them "feelmages," a blend of things you can see and sense. Here are a few you can try:

KEEP YOUR WEIGHT FORWARD

SWING YOUR ARMS IN CLOSE

TURN YOUR CHEST THROUGH

FIND YOUR INNER ATHLETE

Boyd Summerhays is the director of instruction at McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale.