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Show-Off Shots: How to Hit Driver Off the Deck

Show-Off Shots: How to Hit Driver Off the Deck
Reluctant to rip driver from the fairway? You shouldn't be. With the right conditions and the right technique, you can and should use the big dog from the short stuff. Here's how to do it.

Pop quiz. You’ve got 243 to the front edge, a light breeze at your back and room for the ball to run. What’s your play? (a) 5-wood lay-up, leaving a short flop to the green, (b) 8-iron lay-up, leaving a full wedge in, or (c) Puh-leez, just hand me my driver already.

If you answered “c,” then you’re in the right place.

Welcome to “Show-Off Shots,” Extra Spin’s weekly instruction series, in which Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs will explain in simple terms how to master the game’s gaudiest shots. From a stinger off the tee, to a left-handed shot from a gnarly lie, to bellying a wedge from the fringe, Riggs will help you hone the kind of shots that will have your foursome buzzing.

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This week’s featured shot: you guessed it, driver off the deck. When the conditions are right, it’s actually not all that difficult to execute, Riggs says.

And when you do flush it, the results can be spectacular.

Check out how to do it here, and come back next week for another killer Show-Off Shot. In the words of Sir Elton John: “Unless you show off, you’re not going to get noticed.” 

Photo:

In the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Bubba Watson's driver off the deck from 305 yards settles within 10 feet of the cup on the par-5 18th hole, and he converts the eagle putt.

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