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Tips for the links: How to drill your drives low through 50mph winds!
by Dan Frost, Expert Golf Instructor,
October 21, 2011

Step 1: Tee the ball down
My basic advice would be to tee the ball up so that only a small amount of the ball is visible above the clubhead, as opposed to the normal half and half. Some golfers with slower swing speeds may need to tee the ball a fraction higher.

Step 2: Weight shift
In the first picture I've taken my normal address position, my weight evenly distributed 50/50 between both feet. For a low drive I want you to slowly shift your sternum (centre of your chest) a couple of inches to your left. Your weight should now feel 60/40 in favour of the left side.

Step 3: Pivot around your left leg
The biggest trap I see golfers fall into when they try to hit a low tee shot is to transfer their weight too much to the right side in the backswing. All I want you to do is think about turning around your left knee, making a controlled three-quarter backswing, feeling minimal weight transfer. This will allow you to stay more over the ball through impact, hitting the ball on the downswing driving it forwards rather than up.

Step 4: Curtailed follow-through
The final key is to rotate through to a three-quarter finish. This will keep the body in good balance and help you to feel like you are punching the ball forwards with that all-important penetrating flight.

Remember: Try to swing the club at about 70-80 per cent power - it's not speed that you require for this shot, it's all about controlling the launch of the ball.

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