Day 5: Driving for Distance + Precision Pitching
ADD DISTANCE OFF THE TEE
More power is on every golfer's wish list. The key is hitting up on the ball. Tee it high, play it forward in your stance—opposite your front instep—and tilt your spine away from the target. From there, focus on making a full shoulder turn going back, followed by an aggressive shift to your front side and a full body rotation through the ball. —Trillium Rose, a Golf Digest Best Young Teacher
UPGRADE YOUR PITCHING
A lot of amateurs lock their bodies in place on pitch shots and try to control the swing with their hands. Good pitchers focus on body rotation. Play the ball middle and put more pressure in your front foot—and keep it there throughout the swing. Turn just your torso going back, and then turn your whole body through to the target. —Trillium Rose
TODD ANDERSON: THE BUMP-AND-RUN
Anderson thinks the bump-and-run up a greenside bank is a great option from tight lies. Using a short iron, play the ball middle to slightly back, push your hands ahead and favor your front foot. Then try to land the ball about halfway up the hill and let it run on.