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maximum “oomph” into the hit, you’re going to need full extension out of your hips. This means pushing the pelvis both forward and up through the strike. To do this, think of raising your belt buckle towards the sky as you you drive your belt-line forward to the target. When timed properly, this super-athletic move will help you easily knock it past everyone in your group.


JEFF RITTER is the director of performance and founder of the Make The Turn coaching program at Poppy Hills. For more information visit www.mttperformance.com.


Did You Know? Your driver has a


Your club’s hot spot is actually higher and little toward the toe.


“hot spot” that’s actually NOT the center of the club face? Although you’d assume your best hit will come from hitting it right in the middle, you’ll actually create the best combination of distance and curvature just above the club’s center line and a fraction toward the toe.


LIFT: Lifting your buckle up allows your hips explode through the shot.


Hold your position and see if you pass the Hero test.


Hero Finish The end of your swing is a great way to gauge your


long-ball action. Hold your finish and see if you pass the “Hero” test. That is, does your posture look strong, powerful and commanding, as if you were a superhero? Hips forward, chest out, shoulders back? Check!


FALL 2014 / NCGA.ORG / 67


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