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othing is more fun than hammering a tee ball that leaves your playing partners in the dust. Although every few months we’re led to believe a hot new piece


of equipment is the missing link, the secret to supercharging your performance will most often be improving your technique. For this lesson, we’re going to tackle one of your biggest power producers, by understanding how proper hip action will lead to better contact and longer tee shots guaranteed. There are a lot of things you can do to pick up a few more yards, but this is one of the best. Like the title says...“Buckle Up!” Things are about to get exciting.


One of the great misconceptions associated with bombing it off the tee is that you have to “resist” with your hips as you wind-up your shoulders. For most players, this idea of freezing the lower body creates an incomplete shoulder turn, while leading to such unwanted swing characteristics as loss of posture and steep swing plane. To really gear up for a long ball, consider promoting a free hip release at the start of your back swing.


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Tee it high and let it fly? Yep, it really works.


Trackman Says... Cool new technologies such as Trackman have


proven the majority of players will add length to their tee shots by hitting a few degrees up on the ball.


FALL 2014 / NCGA.ORG / 65


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