JULY 2018

You’re driving it great, scoring well, then somewhere in the middle of the back nine you spray a couple of tee shots. That’s all it takes to ruin a round. Were they mental errors from getting tight or nervous? Only you know the answer. More likely your body just got a little tired. That’s when every golfer’s undesirable tendencies come out, mine included. Knowing
this, I perform nearly all of my physical-training exercises from a golf stance. Having the strength in your legs and core to maintain posture throughout the swing is important with every club, but absolutely critical with the driver. It has the longest shaft, and you swing it the fastest, so even small misses can travel 30 metres off line. In this article, I’ll explain my bad tendencies and the swing thoughts I use to avoid them. Additionally, to be a great driver, it’s important to swing within yourself. It’s easy for players on tour to know when they’re getting jumpy, because there are more and more launch monitors on tournament tee boxes nowadays – and you can’t help but look. My driver swing speed is 184 kilometres per hour, which gets me 293 yards of carry. I can swing harder, but then I can lose control. Carrying the ball 300, but into trouble, isn’t worth much. I don’t offer this to brag – there are plenty of guys on tour who bomb it way past me – but I think all golfers, especially amateurs, suffer now and then from chasing those extra kilometres per hour of  swing speed. And, as any success I’ve had has demonstrated, consistently driving the ball in play is a weapon all it’s own. Here’s how to do it.