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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Danielle Kang on Hitting Driver (Videos)

I found a series of tip videos that Danielle Kang -- last week's KPMG Women's PGA winner -- did for Golfing World a couple of months ago. This is the first one, about how to hit your driver.

I want to call your attention to some seemingly contradictory advice Danielle gives here. She says "you always have to keep your body moving through the ball in order to get your acceleration." But if you watch her swing, you'll see that she doesn't drive her lower body forward at the start of her downswing as much as you would expect.

That's because when she talks about keeping your lower body moving, she's not talking about how you start your downswing. Look at her position around the 1:18 mark. Note how both of her feet are flat on the ground and her arms are halfway down. She's talking about players who stop their body rotation at that point, long before they reach the end of their finish.

Danielle's drill to help prevent that is an interesting one. She (as a right-hander) tries to get up on her right toes early in the downswing. For a lot of you, that simply isn't going to work because it will affect your ball contact in a bad way, so it's not a drill I would recommend because I think it will lead most of you into bad habits. I say "most of you" because everybody's different and clearly it works for Danielle. But I just want you to understand the drill's purpose.

Apparently, when Danielle's body stops rotating too early, it's because she gets stiff-legged. Her knees don't stay relaxed; instead, they tense up and lock her in that position at the 1:18 point in the video. Why does that happen? Because she's trying to hit the ball hard, and most players tend to tense up when they try to generate power with their legs.

Pushing off with her trailing toes forces her knees to relax and let her weight shift to her lead foot. That relaxation is what you're after. The Ben Hogan hip-to-hip drill -- which I've posted on this blog numerous times and will post again now -- can help you get used to the proper feel.

So there you go -- two drills to help you create the body turn that Danielle says you need. Just remember that any time you have trouble getting "through the ball," check for excess tension in your legs and knees. That's the culprit more times than you might think.





  4. David Leadbetter would have Danielle do hip-to-hip drills with wedges after missing the cut in Arkansas