3 Tips to Hit the Power Draw

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The PGA Tour rolls into Firestone Country Club this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. This tournament always features a world-class field, and this year is no exception. A trend of recent years shows that leading the field in driving distance lends itself to a top finish and possibly a win. A long tee ball certainly helps navigate the par 5 16th hole, stretching to 670 yards, with a pond in front of the green that swallows up errant shots. And while you may not be able to reach the 16th green in two you can navigate the 500 yard par 5 2nd hole much easier. To help you bomb it off the tee, we’ve put together three simple tips to hit the power draw.

1. Left & Right

Be sure to tee up on the left side of the tee box, this helps by creating an angle that maximizes the room for a powerful draw. Now, make sure to aim down the right side of the fairway.

Reference Point – Feel as though the fairway is behind your left shoulder (for a right handed golfer).

2.  Low Takeaway

To begin the swing, take the driver back low to the ground and slightly inside your target line. You’ll want to feel as though the club is swinging more “around” your body, with your hands staying even or below your right shoulder (for a right handed golfer).

3. Swing to Your Target

Remember, your target line is to the right of where you want the ball to end up. So, from the top of the backswing, you’ll want to swing under the target line and out towards it. This move will keep you on an inside-out track, which is needed for the power draw. The big mistake here is stopping your body, which causes a blocked shot to the right.

Reference Point – Have your right shoulder pointing at the target during the finish.

Quick Review

1. Left & Right – Setup on the left and aim down the right.

2. Low Takeaway – Hug the ground & swing around your body.

3. Swing to Your Target – Swing down your target line & finish with your trail shoulder at the target.

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A Case Study Comparison: What Do The Greatest Player and Ball Striker of All Time Have In Common?

Every player that has dominated the sport while in their prime, each winning 7 major championships or more, have done the fundamentals that I teach and have discussed in all of my previous articles. Understanding these fundamentals and working them into your game will allow you to optimize all of your talents. Below are a two sequences of particular note, one of Jack Nicklaus and one of Ben Hogan.

The Greatest Player of All Time

Below is a swing sequence of Jack Nicklaus at the 1970 World Match Play Championship. This great player’s bedrock idea was to keep his head still. Look closely against the background, especially the guy in the white shirt and tie. Jack moves slightly to the right in the load and moves a lot to the left in the unload. His head does not stay still! His right foot also moves along the ground to allow a complete transfer of weight into his left foot. His left foot is very stable in space relative to the start and finish.

This shot was around 210 yards and he hit it to about ten feet…with a four iron….backing it up on the green. Absolutely marvelous! This movement reminds me of the shot he hit in the 1972 US Open at the 17th hole with a one iron, and the 1986 Masters at the 16th hole with a 5 iron. All of these shots have the same fantastic motions. It was not what he espoused, it was actually better! The motion is actually more of what Hogan did on a regular basis. I wonder if Jack would have played even better than he did, if these kinds of swings were the model movements. We’ll never know for sure, but I certainly think so.

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In spite of his beliefs, Jack would make swings like this, more athletic than his belief system. In spite of himself, his great athleticism would overtake his motion to hit his desired result. It might as well be flawless. No explanation can fully explain the majesty of an elite champion making his move.

The Greatest Ball Striker of All Time

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Below is Ben Hogan in his prime. No one has ever done it better. His weight is left while coming off the right foot and the body is advanced from the ground up, helping to eventually move the right foot along the ground. Then the hands return back to square while the left foot is in the same relationship as at address. You can’t teach it any better. Breathtaking! Masterful! Just repeat that!

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Learn and achieve. Until then, may all your swings be free!

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Callaway Driver Comparison: XR vs XR Pro

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Stealth, aggressive, fast. These are all adjectives that I’ve heard to describe the Callaway XR and XR Pro drivers. However, the question of “Which one best suits my game?” is the most common question asks us as golf professionals. With the Callaway XR family, you are sure to find the one that with take your game to the next level.

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XR

With the Callaway XR driver, you have a driver that’s packed full of speed and forgiveness that appeals to all golfers regardless of their handicap. The 460cc club head has a radical new Speed Step Crown design that keeps the air flow closer to the crown which helps reduce the amount of drag in the downswing, increasing club head speed through impact. The club head also has a more accentuated downward sloping crown from front to back in order maximize energy transfer delivered to the ball at impact.

The Callaway XR driver also features the new R-MOTO face technology, a thinner and lighter face than the previous generation of Callaway X2 Hot woods. As a direct result, the face is more flexible and produces higher ball speeds on center and off-center hits. This weight savings technology allows Callaway’s engineers to move the discretionary weight towards the perimeter of the club, pushing the club’s forgiveness to a new level while still producing a high launch and low spin.

Finally, the XR driver features the Project X LZ shaft that plays perfectly with the overall racing inspired look and speed of the driver. This shaft features a mid-kick and low-mid torque in the senior and regular flexes (53 and 54 grams respectively) for an easy launch and lower spin while the stiff flex (56 grams) will have a slightly higher kick point for a penetrating ball flight desired by players with faster club head speeds. The Callaway XR driver will have a playing length of 46 inches.

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XR Pro

The Callaway XR Pro driver will feature most of the same technologies used in the XR driver with a few minor differences to appeal to better players. One thing you’ll notice right off the bat is the slightly small 440cc club head, and there’s no Speed Step Crown. This creates a smooth, clean look while maintaining the stealth like design sought after by Callaway’s engineers. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fast.

The Callaway XR Pro driver has a forged composite crown that carries plenty of speed and a shape that slopes down more aggressive, creating a more aerodynamic design and shape sought after by consistent ball strikers. These changes have produced a club that has a 50% lower center of gravity than its predecessor, the Callaway X2 Hot Pro driver, and produces 300 rpm’s less backspin without sacrificing forgiveness.

Lastly, the XR Pro driver will measure 45.5 inches, instead of 46 inches like the XR, and it will feature the Project LZ Pro shaft which is about 10 grams heavier than the LZ shaft. Additionally, there are no senior flex options in the Pro model; regular, stiff, and extra stiff shafts only. Each shaft will have a higher kick point than anything in the XR driver, which will help the best players control the spin and launch.

Additionally, don’t forget to take a look at Callaway’s free custom shaft upgrade offerings for each of these drivers if you are really looking to get the most out of your new driver.

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Which One Is For You

  • If you’re looking for a driver that’s easy to swing, provides maximum forgiveness, and produces a higher launch with exceptional distance, then the Callaway XR driver is the right choice for you.
  • On the flip side, a more consistent ball striker with higher than average club head speed will prefer the lower spin and more penetrating ball flight produced by the Callaway XR Pro driver.

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