Need Yards? Copy These Setup and Impact Positions to the Letter

Monday December 5th, 2016
Instructor Eric Johnson demonstrates how to improve your drives.
Fred Vuich for Sports Illustrated

You've heard it a million times: Hit up on the ball when using a driver. That's true in theory, but just before impact things are moving too fast to "hit up" at the precise millisecond, even on smooth swings. An upward attack takes a little planning. It's all in the address position. As you settle into your stance, drop your right shoulder a few inches toward the ground. You should feel plenty of upper-body tilt. (Imagine you're a plane taking off.)

Next, bump your left hip slightly toward the target, putting a "kink" in your right side. Practice in front of a full-length mirror. You've got it right when your setup looks like a reverse-K. Your goal? Maintain the reverse-K throughout your backswing and all the way down to impact. When you do this, the club will have to ascend into the ball, giving you the high-launch, low-spin contact all power hitters crave. Remember: You can't spell "Kaboom!" without a K.

SPECIAL K: Position your body in a reverse-K shape at address and impact—it turns you into a human launching pad.
Fred Vuich for Sports Illustrated

 

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