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If you want to hit it further, focus on your backswing.

Hitting your driver a long way is all about speed and a solid strike. To create both of these, you need a repeatable backswing.

When I competed on the World Long Drive circuit, I would focus on turning and transferring my weight to my right side. That gives me speed without needing to force it.

James Tait Rotate With Driver

I see a lot of players scared to transfer their weight on the backswing. In the insert picture (below), I’ve exaggerated the feeling of moving the wrong way, and having my weight on the front foot.  

Rotate With Driver Fault

If you want to practice this, the best thing to feel is that your weight is on your back foot at the top of the swing and your back is facing the target. From here, I can rotate on my downswing, and generate plenty speed, while still keeping control.

This tip first appeared in the bunkered Winter Guide 2022/2023. To subscribe, click here. International subscriptions also available.

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James Tait is bunkered’s Gear Editor. Want to know how the latest Callaway driver, Vokey wedge or Scotty Cameron putter performs? He’s the guy to ask. Better yet, just watch his videos on the bunkered YouTube channel. One of the biggest hitters in the UK, James also competes on the World Long Drive circuit and is a descendent of former Amateur champion Freddie Tait.

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