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The Henderson Rookies 'Tips from the Tour': Long & straight drives
by Carly Cummins
June 06, 2011

Three lucky LET rookies have been sponsored by Henderson Global Investors this year. Starting this week recent LET winner and PowerPlay Golf Champion Caroline Hedwall gives you two simple tips for launching your drives long and straight…

Tip 1: Hover the club for a smooth takeaway
There are very few technical thoughts in my head when I make my golf swing but the one thing I always like to do is hover my driver an inch or two above the ground before I take the club away. This prevents a jerky move away from the ball and gives me a really smooth start to my swing. It encourages the arms and body to move together as one unit in the takeaway – one of the keys to a fluid swing.

Caroline Hedwall - Hover the club Caroline Hedwall - Hover the club

Tip 2: Improve your coil
I do a lot of flexibility work, making sure that my golfing muscles are lose and I am able to make a full shoulder turn. Of course, the more upper body coil you can generate against a solid lower body, the greater your potential for the clubhead to unwind powerfully with speed into the ball – and that's where the power is achieved. One of the warm up drills I use on the driving range is to hold my driver across my shoulders and rehearse my shoulder turn. The goal is to turn my shoulders fully so that the butt end of the grip points to the ball in the backswing as I'm demonstrating here.

Caroline Hedwall - Improve your coil Caroline Hedwall - Improve your coil







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