Golf Tips from the Pros
Here’s some tips on a better drive and a better stance from PGA player Alvaro Quiros. Alvaro Quiros, 29, was born in Guardiaro, Spain. He has won six times on the European Tour and is 44th in the World Golf Ranking.
I’ve played golf all my life relying on good hand action. It has helped me become the longest driver on the European Tour in four of the past five seasons. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to understand that depending on my hands to square the clubface and produce a powerful draw is not a consistent way to play. I’ve been working hard on reducing my hand action and using a big body turn to hit the ball not only farther, but also straighter. It’s a good lesson for you, too. If you can focus on body rotation, using your big muscles to create club head speed and square the face, you’re going to drive the ball better than ever. Here are some tips to help you launch it.
KEEP IT SHORT AND TIGHT
I’ve been working on making a more level shoulder turn so my backswing no longer feels long or loose. I want it to feel compact and that everything is tight. If the club gets past parallel–or even to parallel–at the top, that’s a sign my hands are getting too active. That can screw up my timing on the downswing. But instead of worrying about where the shaft is at the top, I’m concentrating on turning back until my stomach and back muscles feel as if they’re really stretched.
My typical miss is a block. The ball flies straight but right of the target. Sometimes during the downswing, my lower body slides toward the target and the club gets trapped behind me, forcing me to save the shot with a handsy release. If I’m too late, it’s a block. I want my hips to rotate, not slide. It’s a feeling of my head staying behind the ball as I put my body weight into the hit. To play a fade, I try to keep the handle of the club pointing at my stomach through impact–everything is turning together
STAND TALLER TO MAKE A BETTER TURN
At address, I’m constantly checking to make sure I’m standing tall to the ball. I look down to see if my hands are hanging too low. If they are, then I’m not giving my chest a chance to turn back wide enough for a powerful hit. That’s when I get handsy, because I try to make up for that loss of width by hinging the club up more with my hands. If I stand taller, I give my swing a chance to get wider.
POST UP LEFT OF YOUR TARGET
It’s wrong to say your chest should be pointing at the target when you finish the swing. I want my chest pointing considerably left of the target. I don’t stop turning until my body won’t turn anymore. If it stopped at any point before that, guess what, my hands would flip the clubface shut and I’d hook it. A complete body turn through the ball allows me to hit a solid fade and take the left side of the course out of play.
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