July 4, 2007

Killer Stats: How the best can get better

Fred Funk: 197th in Driving Distance

Photo: Darren Carroll

Photo: Darren Carroll

AVERAGING 270.0 YARDS OFF THE TEE. Fred is hitting 75.9 percent of fairways this year, but his lack of distance can really set him back. The problem is that Fred's body just moves too slowly. He needs to build more torque, creating a stretch reflex, which will make everything move faster.

Stabilize your lower body I call it the Moe Norman Drill, after the great Canadian pro. Widen your stance like Moe did, with your left foot turned out toward the target. This really restricts your hips, making it hard to turn your lower body on the backswing, which makes the rest of your body -- hands, wrists and arms -- fire faster through the ball.