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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Jessica Korda on Hitting It Long

Here's a link to a Golf Digest article by Jessica Korda on how to get more distance by using your flexibility and rhythm. She has a number of thoughts and drills on how to do it, but I'm focusing on one in particular. Check out the photo:



What is Jessica doing? She's finding the balance point for her driver at the top of her backswing. She wants the club to feel very light so she can stay relaxed, so she swings the club up to the top with only three fingers.

This is clearly a relative thing. The club is going to feel heavier when you hold it with only three fingers than when you hold it with both hands. But what you're looking for is where the club is easiest to control.

Take note of Jessica's club position in the photo -- although you've been told to get the shaft to parallel, it isn't parallel in this photo. And the article also has a photo of Jess at the top of her backswing. While the shaft is lower than in the above picture, it still isn't quite parallel. You want to find a position where you can control the club with the least tension.

As I've said repeatedly on this blog, relaxed muscles move faster. That's what you're after with this drill -- the most relaxed position at the top that you can find.

She has other tips in the article as well, but this drill really caught my eye. It will help you become more aware of the feel of the clubhead at the top, and that's always a good thing!

9 comments:

  1. The other drill is similar to your recent series on bent trailing elbow

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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o39JFLBmEg

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  3. https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmpgatour/michael-breeds-keys-to-hitting-a-consistent-draw https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmpgatour/michael-breed-helps-you-generate-more-club-head-speed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffojSVbwaUA

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  4. http://www.lpga.com/videos/gerina-piller-swing-analysis-at-2016-hsbc-womens-champions

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  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzb94NEJ0lM

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  6. http://golfchannelacademy.com/magazine/#s/Golf%2520Channel%2520Academy%2520Magazine/c6e3a0e3-47c8-5bf3-a667-693c81be5ba7/GCA-160315/09-Cover%2520Story.html

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  7. http://www.golfchannel.com/media/macpherson-high-tee-longer-drives/

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  8. http://www.golf.com/instruction/grip-and-rip-your-driver-four-tips-jessica-korda

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  9. Jessica Korda is taller and eight years younger than Piller, but are both swings in sync and grounded? https://twitter.com/CHICKatCSN/status/732948360534065152

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