what: 355-yarddrive into the fairway
where: 480-yardpar-4 18th hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
when: Final roundof the BMW Championship
September 16, 2007
why: Woods hassignificantly slowed down his driver swing, and it's helping. Woods used toswing nearly as hard as he could (a 9.8 on a scale of 1¬†to¬†10), buthe's dropped down to something closer to 8.5. The slower swing maintains, andmight even increase, his distance because his club and body are better alignedat impact, allowing him to find a groove and even fix himself mid-round if he'sstruggling. At Cog Hill he tied for third in driving accuracy (80.4%), yet healso finished third in average distance (311.6 yards).
To Go Long, GoSlow
To find youroptimal speed, turn a driver upside down and grip it on the hosel with onlyyour right hand. Swing and listen to the whoosh of the club. Your hardest swingis a 10. Take slower swings until you can hear what sounds like a 9, an 8 or a7. Then hit regular shots. You'll probably drive it the longest and straightestwith a 7 or 8 speed.
Dom DiJuliateaches at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pa.
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