Thursday, February 22, 2007

To get maximum distance you must deliver the clubhead to the ball along an inside power path. Your hips are the key to this path, so check their position before you swing. If you set your hip angle correctly at address, you're likely to duplicate it at impact and max out your distance.

Set up to a ball with a driver, then pick up the club and hold it across your hips. You want the club to point up slightly (about a 10-degree angle) from your right hip to your left hip. If your club is parallel to the ground or sloping down, your swing path will be too steep and you'll lose yards. If it's pointing up as shown above, youll swing from the inside and sling the club through the ball with explosive results.

Rick Martino is director of instruction at PGA Golf Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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