Bob Atkins
Thursday, February 14, 2008
THE MISTAKE:


HOW YOU KNOW YOU DO THIS:


HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR: YOU


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Tim Mahoney teaches at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

TIPS FROM THE TOUR:

Get to the top like Scott
Adam Scott's position at the top of the backswing is nearly flawless. The left wrist is already flat, as it must be at impact. His hands are stretched away from his shoulders creating great width, while his lower body remains flexed and athletic. His backswing produces tremendous torque, which will translate into clubhead speed.
Stay in charge like Charles
Charles Howell III does an excellent job of retaining all of the potential energy developed at the top of this swing late into the downswing. His body is poised for an explosive attack into the ball with both legs flexed and his back still facing the target. This keeps his arms and hands close to his body, where they have more leverage.
Sting like a Byrd
Jonathan Byrd's nearly perfect impact position allows him to get the most out of his smaller frame. The athletic pivot of his body toward the target shifts weight onto his front foot while dragging the arms and club into the ball. The result is an impact position with no breakdown in the left wrist. (Notice the straight line from the left shoulder to the clubhead.)
Emulate Ernie's release
If you wonder where Ernie Els gets his "effortless power," look no further than his release. It's absolutely textbook: his arms are fully extended and have "crossed over," while his left leg is straight and his head remains back well past impact. The hips must open to create space for the arms to extend, and the arms have to be relaxed to let it all go.

Brady Riggs, Woodley Lakes Golf Club, Van Nuys, Calif.

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