Sergio Garcia: Nail Your Drives

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My 4 Driving Secrets Follow my tried-and-true keys to shorten holes and hit shorter irons into the green By Sergio Garcia NAIL YOUR DRIVES You may have picked up a few yards in recent years via advancements in club and ball technology, but unless your swing incorporates four key elements that Tour players use, you won't see consistently massive gains with your driver. These four keys allow you to strike the ball on the sweet spot and increase clubhead speed. They're the same moves I make to reduce my approaches on par 4s to an endless series of short-iron shots I can stick close to the flag. • The Easy Way to Add 20 Yards
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1. Slow down your backswing I make a real effort to slow down my backswing. If I jerk my driver back too quickly, then I have to think about stopping my momentum at the top. That prevents me from making a smooth transition from backswing to downswing — exactly where my downswing plane begins to take shape. When I'm hitting it well I'm transitioning well, which allows me to smoothly accelerate from the top all the way to the back of the ball. If you're slow going back and smooth at the top, you'll be fast where it counts: at the bottom.
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2. Get wide for more yards When I'm staring at an open fairway and looking to hit a long drive to set up a good birdie opportunity, I make one simple change to my address position to help me find a few extra yards. By widening my stance slightly (stepping back with my right foot only so I don't change the ball's position in my stance), I create a stable base from which I can make a more powerful, athletic swing. Take a step back with your right foot so you can maintain balance during a more powerful swing.
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3. Don't fear the fade I've gotten into the habit of purposely leaving the face slightly open through impact so I can hit a power fade. It's a great shot under pressure. I'll aim down the left side of the fairway with my feet and body, and try to delay the release of my hands just fractionally. I'll make practice swings to make sure the logo on the back of my glove still points at the target just after impact and that my right hand hasn't rotated over as usual. If you can master the timing, you'll hit the fairway every time. Point the logo on the back of your glove at the target just after impact to deliver a power fade.
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Aim up the left side of the fairway to accommodate a fade ball flight.
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4. My take on tee height There are many theories on launch angle, but for me it all boils down to how high you tee the ball. I prefer to tee the ball low — it looks better to me and I feel I can control the ball's flight better from there. But you need to experiment and stick to whatever looks best for you, because you need to feel comfortable and confident looking down on the ball before you start your swing. • The Easy Way to Add 20 Yards