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Four big leaguers show how baseball skills translate into big drives and low scores

Baseball, April 2010
Angus Murray
From left to right: Paul O'Neill, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr. and John Smoltz.

Dodgers, Mets, and others.
MLB seasons: 16
Career numbers: .308 avg., 427 home runs, 2,127 hits
All-Star teams: 12
Handicap: 14
Golf talk: "I once flew the ball into the hole on a 310-yard dogleg right par-4. It was easily the best shot I've ever hit in my life."

Whip it Good
The Fault
I've had my clubhead speed measured when I'm swinging well and it's well over the PGA Tour average. But when I'm not swinging as well I feel myself trying to hit at the ball too much, which is a mistake a lot of amateur players make.

The Fix
Instead of trying to swing the club down with a strong, hitting motion, I think about creating a lot of whip action down into the ball. If you think about swinging the club fast instead of trying to hit at the ball you'll get a lot more clubhead speed. In the picture you can see I've got a lot of energy stored up as I approach impact. That's the key to distance.

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