Driving and Woods

  • Dustin Johnson: How to hit long drives

    20 February 2017

    Dustin Johnson replaced Jason Day as the World No.1 following his impressive dominance at the Genesis Open, a victory which he put largely down to his driving.  He's known as one of the longest hitters on tour, and a switch from a Taylormade M2 Driver to a Taylormade M1 made all the difference in a week where he claimed...

  • Sergio Garcia's four best driving tips

    Written by Michael Catling on 06 February 2017

    Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose in a play-off to claim his long awaited first major title at the Masters, becoming the third Spaniard to do so behind Seve Ballesteros and and Jose Maria Olazabal.  Garcia's victory came just two months after he won his 12th European Tour title, where he completed a dominant wire-to-wire win at the Omega Dubai...

  • Are you giving up 50 yards with your driver?

    Written by Michael Catling on 03 February 2017

    Daryl Evans, European Tour manager at TaylorMade, makes his living out of fitting the likes of Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson on tour. So who better to explain why it’s worth splashing out on a custom-fitting session... 1 Treat your clubs like your shoes I don’t know why anyone would start golf and not get custom fit. You don’t have...

  • Why you should drive like you putt

    Written by Edward Colman on 27 October 2016

    A great swing thought to improve your tee shots this weekend. Fault: Poor rhythm and power through snatching the club away Fix: Take the driver back like a putter, low and slow One of the most common driver problems we see is cocking the wrists early in the backswing. Though wrist cock in itself is not a bad move, it needs to...

  • Positioning on the tee

    23 March 2016

    In this instruction video, TG Top 50 Coach Steve Astle shows you how your position on the tee can improve your performance.

  • Consistency off the tee

    23 March 2016

    In this golf instruction video, TG Elite Professional Adrian Fryer teaches you a drill to ensure your tee shots remain consistent.

  • An easy way to gain yards

    04 November 2015

     Place your front foot for a fuller turn   Fault: A short backswing that costs you distance. Fix: As we get older we may not be as flexible as we used to be, meaning we don't turn as well or hit the ball as far. One simple way to increase your shoulder turn and create more power is to turn your front foot...

  • Driving tee height

    24 August 2015

    Fault: Slices or hooks with the driver. Fix: You can go a long way to fixing that slice or hook off the tee by simply adjusting the height of it by an inch or two. Let’s take the slice. A low tee causes a steep angle of attack from which you are more likely to cut across the ball. Teeing the...

  • Lean backwards with your drives to increase distance

    Written by Lee Cox on 07 May 2015

    When it comes to driving, we’ve all seen the ideal set-up positions for hitting it long and straight. However, your body positions when you strike the ball – impact alignment – are just as crucial. It is here where my pupil and long drive sensation Joe Miller finds his distance. At impact the more your spine tilts back, the higher...

  • Bubba Watson's power secrets

    Written by Golf World on 11 March 2015

    Since he joined the PGA Tour in 2006, Bubba Watson has ranked 1st in average driving distance five times and 2nd a further three. He led this category in 2014 with an incredible 314.3 yards. The two-time Masters champion’s swing is often described as unorthodox, but this isn’t strictly true. More accurately, the extreme force he applies to the ball makes...

  • Danny Willett: Strike a hammer blow for more power

    Written by Danny Willett on 09 December 2014

    In the swing, much of your speed is let out through your shoulders, wrists and elbows. Each of these joints loads and releases, just as you’d do naturally when using a hammer. The better you can match up their motion, the more speed you create. But with my old ‘inside’ takeaway, I couldn’t co-ordinate this motion. Picture a hammer motion,...

  • Eliminate the curvature on your ball

    07 August 2014

    The cause of the most common mistakes made by amateurs is a closed or open face resulting in a curvature on the ball mid-air, Gareth Johnston, part of TG Elite Teaching Professional Team, says. To eliminate this, he shows you a simple drill to add to your pre-shot routine, matching up your swing path with your face angle, ensuring the club...

  • Monty's Masterclass: Finding fairways

    15 July 2014

    As part of Monty's Masterclass, featured in Today's Golfer, Colin Montgomerie shares his top tips to win your match, starting with this video on finding fairways. To read more of Monty's Masterclass features, check out issue 323 and 324 of Today's Golfer - why not subscribe and never miss an issue?  Watch Monty's Masterclass: Putting under pressure...

  • Justin Rose tips: Foot stamp for distance

    14 July 2014

    I’ve talked a lot about accuracy here, and that’s the most important thing off the tee. But sometimes, you just want a bit more distance, too. This is really a par-5 move, but it can also be a useful strategy on a tricky dog-leg. It’s all about risk and reward and there are times when a gamble can pay off.

  • Justin Rose tips: Stay centred to hit low

    14 July 2014

    When people talk about accuracy off the tee, they’ll frequently mention playing to a natural shape. But I’m a very neutral player, so rather than thinking fade or draw on a tight drive, I’m thinking “lower”. The higher you hit the ball the more likely you’ll get the mushroom effect, where a drive begins on target, then climbs and moves...

  • Justin Rose tips: Make the first three feet perfect

    14 July 2014

    I used to have a trigger move that saw me sink back on my heels slightly, but I’ve tried to get away from that because it encouraged my arms to move away from my body to counterbalance myself. That meant I was no longer synchronised in the swing. My initial thought now is to let the club swing back...

  • Justin Rose tips: Set the shoulders for accuracy

    14 July 2014

    A good set-up is the first thing I feel on any shot. If you stand in a certain way, then the rest of your swing follows that initial set-up. So if you have your weight in your heels, then you’ll tend to take the club back on the inside. Conversely, if your weight is too much on the balls of...

  • Justin Rose tips: Relax and let it flow

    14 July 2014

    If you’re under pressure, your body through a physiological change and the capillaries in your hands will swell – this can have a numbing effect. If your grip pressure on a normal day is five or six out of 10, then try and make it three or four when the pressure is really on. The reality is that you’ll still...

  • Score better in the wind Driving

    20 May 2014

    It's happened to us all - you're playing well, making pars, when you're faced with a hole playing into the wind. Your natural response to the 25mph gusts is to think "I'll hit it harder", but that just sends the ball out of bounds.  In this video, former European Tour player Oliver Whiteley, based at Bramall Park GC, Stockport, explains how...

  • Hit more fairways with Jason Dufner

    12 August 2013

    He's not one of golf's longest hitters, but American Jason Dufner is one of the most accurate drivers in the game. Many observers have noted how similar his swing is to that of Ben Hogan, a high accolade indeed and one that explains his consistency. And indeed, the super-cool Ryder Cup star has been a fan of Hogan since a young...

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