AMONG the first things long distance champion Nicolas Colsaerts checks out in a new driver is its looks, and then sound. And in this week’s tips he shares a few pointers on how to lengthen your distance off the tee.
“I played lots of field hockey as a youngster and probably could have played in Division One of the Belgian League if I’d kept going, ” he says. “And I think that developed the muscles needed for speed in the swing. I have fast hands and I’m pretty flexible.”
Here are four key elements that could help you to hit it long off the tee-box1 Don’t start fast at the top. Lose your balance or try and force things too much and your chances of hitting the ball in the centre of the club are drastically reduced. For long hitting you must find that sweet-spot in the upper centre of the clubface.
2 Think about staying slightly closed at impact and remember we’re only talking millimetres here. Being closed means you have more chance of coming slightly from the inside.
3 Being relaxed is another key. When you hit the ball the right hand needs to feel like it’s flicking through like the end of the leather when you crack a whip. To do that it needs to be loose. The more tense you are the more yards you are going to lose.
4 On the tee peg have the ball three-quarters over the top of the clubhead. Too high and you’ll get too much loft. Too low and you’re encouraged to hit down on the ball and get unwanted spin.
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