Rickie Fowler: My Free-Swing Power Load

1 of 3 Angus Murray
Turn from the Get-Go If you see me swing you'll notice that I make a fairly flat backswing — it's very old school. Some of this comes from the fact that I played with regular-length drivers as a junior. Since the clubs were too long for me, I had to set the shaft flatter at address and whip it back slightly to the inside. Now I try to take it back a little more traditionally, but I'm really not concerned with planes and positions. Once I'm set at address, I just turn my shoulders as much as I can. Everything else just comes along for the ride.
2 of 3 Angus Murray
Try This! If I need to add a few more yards to my driver swing, like on a par 5 or to carry a bunker that's way out there, I'll make my same shoulder turn but do it a little slower. This slower turn helps the clubhead stay low during my takeaway and trace a wider arc. The wider you can make your arc, the more potential energy you'll store up on your backswing.
3 of 3 Angus Murray
Feel the Stop As I start the club back by turning my shoulders, I keep turning until I can't turn them any more. That's my signal that my backswing is over, not if I feel like my clubface is square, or that my hands are on my shoulder plane or in any of the over-taught positions that, in my opinion, make it hard to swing free, fast and easy. If you can't turn back all the way like this, that's okay. You can only do what your body allows. Better to obey it than to force anything.