Who wouldn’t want to drive the ball like Rory McIlroy? When he’s on, the 26-year-old can hit towering smash after towering smash with his driver. He’s only 5-foot-10, but he’s always in the top-10 on Tour in driving distance, averaging well over 300 yards. We took a look at his swing to find out how he generates such seemingly effortless power. The result: four keys that you can steal from Rory to gain distance off the tee and impress your friends in your next round.
1. HOW TO MUSCLE IT
Rory’s bulging left triceps isn’t for show—it’s evidence that his arms are working hard to slow down the handle and transfer its speed to the clubhead for a whip-fast strike. But you don’t have to be ripped to rip it—just swing in rhythm and it will pay off at impact.
2. POST AND SWIVEL
The secret to Rory’s freakish hip speed? He “locks” his left leg near impact (see No. 3), creating a post around which his hips turn. You want to feel as though your right hip is “chasing” the ball off the clubface.
3. LOCK IT UP
Don’t turn your left knee toward the target through impact. It’s a big-time power drain common to recreational swings. Instead, lock it in place like Rory does. You don’t have to straighten your leg to do it. In fact, it helps to simply push your left foot into the turf.
4. BE PUSHY
A bonus to “pushing” the ground with your left leg: It produces a powerful thrust in the opposite direction, creating more clubhead speed. Notice how vertical Rory looks at impact with his arms pulled straight. You push, your body pulls—and the ball goes far.