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Monday, March 16, 2020

Rory on Driving (Video)

Feels a little strange not posting a Limerick Summary today, but disruptions are the reality for all of us right now. So I've been thinking about what I can do to make things a bit more interesting on the blog until we get back to some form of normalcy.

Normally I try to post very short videos that will give you a tip quickly, so you can get on with your life and watch whatever golf is on TV. But since we don't have any new golf, I've decided (as one possibility) to post some longer videos occasionally over the next few week.

Today I've got one of the GOLFPASS videos that GC has put up as samples of what they're offering. This one is Rory and his coach sharing some of the things he works on that make him the great driver he is.

There's plenty to digest in this video, but a couple of things that stood out to me are right in the beginning.

First, Rory says he has a tendency to get the ball a bit too far forward in his stance. He also says he sometimes lines up with his upper body a bit open and his lower body a bit closed. It's always good to know what your most common mistakes are; that way, when things go wrong, you may be able to eliminate the problem quickly. (He talks about one way he deals with the open/closed problem later in the video.)

The other thing is that Rory (like me!) tends to use an intermediate point that's only a couple of feet ahead of the ball to line up his shots. He believes that makes him less likely to aim the shot incorrectly, which I agree with. That's a tip long recommended by Jack Nicklaus, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that's where Rory first learned it as well.

And in case you're interested, near the end of the video Rory describes how he hits 'the Bullet', which is his slightly different approach to Tiger's stinger. I never cease to be amazed at how players create their own versions of similar shots.

Maybe you'll find a couple of tips that can help improve your driving in this video as well.

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