The Setup Secret for Monster Drives

The Setup Secret for Monster Drives
Bob Atkins
YES (left) Your address is solid if you have more weight over your front foot, and your right hip and right shoulder line up. NO (right) Expect a slice if your right shoulder moves inside your right hip at address.

This story is for you if...

• You want longer drives
• You feel like your weight favors your right foot when you set up with your driver
• You hit a lot of slices

THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Set the majority of your weight on your right foot at address when hitting your driver.

WHY IT'S WRONG
Because balance studies say so. Our research shows that Tour players and other elite golfers address the ball with 60 percent of their weight on their left foot. They set up on their left side like this to create a more dynamic shift of weight to their right side when they turn away from the ball on the backswing.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO INSTEAD
Take your address position with a driver in front of a mirror and set 60 percent of your weight on your left foot. Make sure that you're balanced over the balls of your feet, not your heels.

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
Check the mirror again and see if your right shoulder and right hip line up. It's not uncommon to lean your upper body toward the target when you try to set more weight over your left foot [above, left]. This forward lean increases the chance of a reverse pivot and a slice. But when your right shoulder and right hip are in alignment and you're balanced over the balls of your feet [above, right], your upper body tilts correctly away from the target and sets you up for a full, powerful backswing turn.

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