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Golf: Molinari’s “Magic” Moves

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland
“In 2013, his average driving distance was 278 yards. In 2018, he averaged 301 yards. Give these two things a try. You may not gain that much distance, but you could potentially tack on a few extra yards, too.” Writes Luke Kerr-Dineen
 
Not really magic
These ‘two things to try” are not magical methods to gain more length off the tee but I did think my headline may incline you to read further since I’ve yet to meet a golfer who doesn’t wish he/she could hit the ball further off the tee,
Luke writes, “Francesco Molinari says these two left foot tricks gained him a ton of distance.” and since I share Francesco’s cause of concern in regards to lack of flexibility in my golf swing I thought I should share his thoughts with you.
 
Too much hands and arms
Luke writes, “While Molinari’s swing was consistent before, he said it was too hands and arms-orientated and he often lost distance because of it. Instead, he wanted to focus on turning his torso more behind the ball on his backswing to create more leverage, and then releasing it fully on the downswing.”
And so we ask, what do we do to turn our torso?  And the first thing is flare your left foot (right-handed golfers). “By turning his left foot out more, Molinari said it created more speed by freeing-up his hips and allowing them to move more freely through the ball.”
 
Brandel knows best
Love him or hate him I do believe Brandel Chamblee is worth listening too.
Luke writes, “The other thing he did is something Golf Channel Analyst Brandel Chamblee preaches often: He lifts the left heel on his backswing. Molinari’s lack of flexibility means he struggles to make a full turn with both his upper and lower bodies on the backswing; lifting his left heel slightly lets him turn more freely going back, and creates more power because of it.”
 
 
Quote of the Day
“I predict I will not be making any more crazy-ass predictions for a good long while.” - Alan  Shipnuck responding to the question, “Any more predictions?” in regards to his very bad call on the winner of this year’s Ryder Cup
 
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