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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Steve Stricker Driving Tip

Since Steve Stricker is the defending champion at this week's Memorial Tournament, I thought I'd post a video with some of the driving tips he shared with Golf Digest last year:

This was very interesting to me since I've been using Stricker as one of my recommended swing models. I knew he did things in a way very similar to the moves I teach in this blog, but this video specifically mentions three of them (the links in the following list connect to a typical post on the topic):
  1. The "back of left hand at target image" (right hand for you lefties) matches up with one of my frequent images -- feeling that you are throwing a Frisbee™ at the target. I would like to add that the image also works with a slightly stronger grip, since many people don't hold the Frisbee™ with the back of their hand perfectly vertical. I know I don't.
  2. "Taking the club straighter off the ball" is my tried-and-true one-piece takeaway.
  3. And the "right elbow tight to the side" (left elbow for you lefties) is part of the connection move that I talk about and which almost every commentator on TV has pointed out in Jason Dufner's swing. You'll also note, if you look at video of Stricker's driver swing, that it is also short like Dufner's.
As I often say, this game isn't really that difficult. The same simple moves show up over and over in the most consistent players. Focus on those moves if you want to see rapid, lasting improvement.


  1. Steve also has a slight arch to his wrists when he's holding the club. He does it for all of his clubs, including the putter.

    I found this in Johnny Miller's Pure Golf (page 39):
    If you study this [golfer from the side, behind the ball] position, you'll notice that the wrists are slightly arched. This is important because only when the wrists are arched do the hands and arms work in one piece and in the correct plane....

  2. That makes sense to me, Patrick. I guess you'd have to do that if you want the shaft and forearms to be parallel to each other. Pelz and Utley both recommend that with the putter, and Stricks seems to do the same things all the way through the bag.