Hunter Mahan: 6 Easy Ways to Crush It Down the Fairway

Hunter Mahan, Driving Tip 4
Angus Murray
Move your weight to your left big toe for a powerful attack.

At the top of your swing you should have at least 60 percent of your weight over your right leg. Since you can't have this much weight on your right leg at impact [unless you like pushed shots or carrying the out-of-bounds stakes on the right], use your right foot to push your weight to your left side. The feeling I like in my downswing is that I'm getting my weight to move from my right leg at the top to my left big toe at impact, sort of diagonally through the ball.

If you practice this move and still can't hit it straight or far, you're probably making the subtle mistake of shifting your weight on your downswing to your left heel. I see this all the time in pro-ams, an error that comes from overturning the hips at the start of the downswing. As I mentioned in Move 3, don't worry about what your hips are doing. Hip turn is vastly overrated -- your hips have nothing to do with power.

If you can make this move while keeping your right shoulder low to the ground, you're on to something. Plus, you'll feel yourself deliver the clubhead to the ball from slightly inside the target line, the most powerful swing path you can follow.

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