How He Hit ThatAugust 16, 2015

How He Hit That: Jason Day's sledgehammer drives

If Jordan Spieth was going to put early final-round pressure on Jason Day, he need to make some of his own birdies -- and take advantage of any openings presented by loose shots.

Day never gave him that window.

Starting on the first hole, Day administered a beating with his driver, hitting all but two fairways. Spieth said he knew he was in for an uphill struggle after Day's bomb on the par-5 11th -- a 382-yard monster down the middle that left just a pitching wedge into the hole.

"It was a clinic." said Spieth. "He took it back and wailed on it, and it was a stripe show."

Day's length and accuracy come in part because he launches his driver higher than any other player on tour -- taking the most advantage of modern club and ball technology.

"If Jason Day is using a 10.5 degree driver, why in the world would any amateur player use anything with less loft," says Golf Digest 50 Best teacher Hank Haney. "It certainly helps to have a great swing, but if all you did was improve your launch angle, you'd see way better results."

Two instant modifications to make to your swing involve your setup and backswing. "You have to hit up on the driver, not down -- and most amateurs hit down on it," says Haney. "First, move the ball more forward in your stance, so it's off the big toe of your lead foot. Then, you need to turn more behind the ball in the backswing and create more swing arc. That doesn't mean swaying off the ball. It means turning your left shoulder as far as you can in the backswing. The farther you can get the club away from your head in the backswing, the better your launch angle and distance will be."


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