Robert Garrigus generates tremendous power off the tee, but an aggressive move may have cost him on the 72nd hole.
Jeff Roberson/AP
Monday, June 14, 2010

Who: Robert Garrigus
What: Hooked drive into a lake
When: Final round of the St. Jude Classic
Where: 453-yard par 4 18th hole at TPC Southwind

\nWhat I admire about Garrigus, the Tour's longest driver, is that he stuck with his aggressive tee-ball, which is what took him to the cusp of victory. His hook at 18 in regulation, which led to a triple-bogey, and subsequent power slice that stymied him behind a tree at 18 on the first playoff hole weren't as much physical errors as they were mental mistakes. So it might not have mattered what club he hit off the tee on those holes. To hit two tee shots on the same hole and have them land 100 yards apart — one left, the other right — is a clear sign that you're just not trusting yourself.

\nGarrigus led the Tour in driving distance last year (312.3 yards) and he's number one again this season (311.3 yards). The key to Garrigus's power is an uncanny ability to have his upper and lower body appear to act independently during the downswing. Garrigus starts the downswing with a very strong, demonstrative rotation of the hips toward the target as his lower body fires away. But at the same time his upper body doesn't seem to move. Rather, his back remains facing the target. That combination — the lower body firing toward the target while the upper body stays in place — creates tremendous torque which translates into power at impact.

\nGolf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Dom DiJulia works at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Penn.

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