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Brooks Koepka's 5 Steps to Longer Drives - #3 is Important!

Brooks Koepka’s 5 Steps to Longer Drives – #3 is Important!

Brooks Koepka’s 5 Steps to Longer Drives – #3 is Important!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Brooks Koepka is currently #8 in Driving Distance on the PGA Tour.

So, needless to say, he hits it a long way.  But how does he get his awesome power?  Dave De Nunzio of GOLF.com got together with Brooks and checked out this powerful swing.  This is what he came up with!  Enjoy!

I love hitting it far. What’s more fun than walking 20 yards past your opponent’s drive to reach yours? This year–my second full season on Tour–I’ve become one of golf’s biggest hitters, ranking 10th in driving distance through midsummer. I hit almost 60 percent of my fairways and about 70 percent of my greens. Trust me, it’s easier to knock the ball on with a 9-iron than it is with a middle iron. That kind of advantage helped me grab my first Tour win, at this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Sure, I’m 25 and in pretty good shape, but most of my distance comes from good mechanics that you can copy.

So I’ll let you in on a few secrets, with help from my coach Claude Harmon III. We’re going to teach you to tap the muscles that create serious swing speed. Soon, you too will be able to crush drives that inspire awe in your playing partners and set you up for short approach shots. And there’s no pumping iron required. You already have the physique required for long, straight drives—you just need to know how to use it. Your power lesson starts now.

1. FLEX YOUR FEET: Drive them into the ground to form a power-packed base.

There’s a lot to worry about at address: your grip, aim, distance from the ball, etc. But nothing’s more important than what you do with your feet. The reason you take a stance is to create a swing foundation, so as you make those last few waggles, be sure to physically drive both feet into the ground. You want to feel rooted to the turf. It helps if you balance your weight over the balls of your feet and then use your glutes and quads to pressure the ground under each shoe.

The more you connect to the ground, the faster you can turn. Think of the opposite extreme: If you swung while standing on ice, sure, you could rotate, but you wouldn’t be able to coil because your lower body would have to turn along with your upper. Coil is key, and it all starts with your feet.

Brooks Koepka's 5 Steps to Longer Drives - #3 is Important!

2. FLEX YOUR GLUTES: The tighter they are going back, the faster you’ll be coming down.

A lot of people teased Tiger Woods for pulling out of the Farmers Insurance Open last February because he couldn’t “activate his glutes.” Well, he was dead on. Butt power is swing power. If you can’t effectively “load” your glutes as you swing to the top, you’re basically swinging on fumes.

 
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7 Ways to being a Better Putter - #4 is a Gem!

7 Ways to being a Better Putter – #4 is a Gem!

7 Ways to being a Better Putter – #4 is a Gem!

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We all want to putt better, that’s for sure.  

To putt better, we need to improve our green reading.  Dave DeNunzio, the contributing writer for GOLF.com, has put together a list of 7 great putting tips by 7 of the top putting instructors around. (I wonder why he didn’t pick me?)  After checking out these tips, I can guarantee that you will putt better in your next round. (But you must practice first!)

7 Ways to being a Better Putter - #4 is a Gem!

Adam Scott is one of the first to use “Express” green reading by AimPoint Technologies. Has his green-reading improved?

You read almost every putt, but if you’re like most players, your routine is guesswork disguised as green-reading. That won’t get you close to the hole, let alone “in.” You’re not the only one reading, and weeping, on the greens.

A new Golf Magazine study shows that America is massively misjudging the slope under its collective FootJoys, under-reading putts by a whopping 65 percent, on average. As a new season beckons, now’s the time to raise your reading level—and save a fistful of strokes. PGA Tour star Adam Scott has cracked the code, becoming the world’s best green-reader, so start by trying the 11-time Tour winner’s groundbreaking method.

Beyond Scott, we have six more easy-to-learn techniques from golf’s keenest putting minds. You’ll soon detect the subtlest bumps, bends and breaks, learning to read the trickiest greens as if they have subtitles.

7 Ways to being a Better Putter – #4 is a Gem!

FIRST THINGS FIRST: We Seriously Under-Read Our Putts!

Sixty-five percent of golfers under-read the break on a typical putt, according to a Golf Magazine–sponsored study conducted at the Pinehurst Golf Academy. All of these flawed reads add up to lots of lost strokes, even with perfect putting technique. In our study, we assessed the green-reading skill of 72 golfers just like you. Initially, our research team simply sought to determine the ideal position from which to accurately detect slope (behind the hole, behind the ball, etc.), but results showed view position to be meaningless to good green-reading. Our study subjects misread everything, no matter where they stood or crouched. Some 25 years ago, Dave Pelz told everyday players to triple the amount of break they saw, and that’s as true now as it was then.

Here’s how to see the correct line every single time!

To see all 7 Tips on Improving your putting, Click Here.

Source: GOLF      Dave DeNunzio

Pictures: rioncm    Oliver Gunning

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