Bob Atkins
By Jon Tattersall
Saturday, November 10, 2007

The biggest difference between Tour players and the rest of us? They know they're going to hit it good. Now you can know the same thing, thanks to a few simple tweaks proven to turn any swing into one that gives you total control of every shot.

\nIn your quest to play better, trying to copy the swings of the best players on the PGA Tour is similar to trying to tee your ball up on a needle — it just isn't going to work. The good news, however, is you don't need a duplicate of a "Tour" swing. The following simple tests will show you how to hit the ball the way you want to without the complications that result from trying to mimic Tiger, Ernie and Phil. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how these shortcuts will improve the overall quality and consistency of your shots.

\n• Step 1: Shorten Your Backswing
Video: The Right-Shoulder Flexibility Test

Step 2: Make a Bigger Hip Turn
Video: Test your hip flexibility

Step 3: Forget About Your Spine Angle
Video: Test your glutes
Video: Test your posture

\n• Step 4: Release With Your Chest

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