Once again this season, we’ve passed along weekly golf tips from some of the best club professionals in the area. With the Deutsche Bank Championship in town this week, we asked some of the top PGA Tour professionals in specific statistical categories to talk about that area of their game, how they’ve improved it, and what tip or drill they would suggest for amateurs.
Driving accuracy (Rank: 11th, 68.28 percent)
“More years than not, I’m top 10 in driving accuracy. The driver is one of the most important clubs in the bag. I think if anything, outside of my putter, it is my most important club, because I have to hit the ball in the fairway, I don’t have that 300-yard drive that I can pull out. Fairways are a premium, I’m focused on it. If you’re going to look at specifics and numbers, percentages and that sort of thing — I don’t, but my team does — but if you go down your golf bag, you use your putter every hole, you use your wedges more than you use your mid-irons, you use your mid-irons more than long irons, but you use your driver a lot, so therefore your practice should be situated as such, and that’s how I go about it.”
Johnson’s tip: “Having instruction is key, somebody you trust, and having one shot you can go to is essential.” Johnson, aware that a certain equipment company is based in Fairhaven, offered one more tip: “Play Titleist.”
Driving distance (Rank: Tie-7, 302.1 yards)
“I’ve always been longer than everybody until I got out here. Bubba [Watson] hits it a little farther, Dustin Johnson hits it pretty far. I can keep up with them if I want to, but it usually never goes that straight, so I don’t try. I’ve always been able to hit it far just because I started swinging hard when I was younger, and built that stretch and that length in my swing. I actually watched tape of Fred Couples when I was 13 years old and tried to emulate his golf swing, tried to get that lag and that length in my swing. Also, I swung a triple-extra-stiff shaft with a small, tiny, metal head when I was 13 years old and had no business hitting it. Plus, I’ve got some good genes to where I’ve got [clubhead] speed, and you can’t really teach that, you can’t really work for that, either. I can swing it 120 miles an hour still and I’m 35 years old. It’s something I’ve been blessed with and always had, and I’ve been able to use it to my advantage.”
Garrigus’s tip: “Make sure you stretch before you play, and widen your stance just a little if you want to get more distance off the tee. If you’re a little wider, you’ll be able to swing it a little faster, and that’s what makes the ball travel farther.”
Proximity to hole from 50-125 yards (Rank, Tie-1 15 feet, 2 inches)
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