Your back aches. Your spine is tight. You feel about as loose as the Tin Man without his oil can. Buck up, you big stiff! You can cheat your way to a powerful, pain-free coil simply by tweaking your stance. Just consult the foot positions at right. One is sure to waken the long driver within. Bonus: No aspirin required.
1. SQUARED UP
Recommended for the uber-flexible. If you can’t turn your left shoulder under your chin on your backswing, this stance isn’t for you. You’ll feel tight and powerless.
2. FLARED OUT
Turning your right foot out “unlocks” your hips, fueling a bigger turn. The more you flare, the longer your windup will be. (Flare your left foot to free up your downswing turn.)
3. FLARED & BACK
In addition to flaring it, pull your right foot back a few inches. You’ll pump up your backswing and swing more in-to-out—the power-hitter’s path—coming through.