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set up for more distance

When you're searching for more distance, making a change in your usually reliable swing can be a difficult step to take. One of the easiest ways to add distance without making drastic changes to your swing is to adjust your setup.

Feet First

A simple step toward more distance is to close your stance at address. Instead of standing with your feet parallel to the target line, pull your rear foot back about two inches. Allow your hips and shoulders to fall naturally in line with your feet so they are aimed slightly to the right of your target. In this closed position, your shoulders and hips have a head start on making the full rotation required to get your back facing the target at the top of the swing. Furthermore, your swing is set on an inside-out path, which promotes a draw for more roll and greater distance.

You also can customize your stance for distance by toeing your back foot out a little. Instead of keeping it at 12 o'clock (perpendicular to the target line), try rotating it out to 1 o'clock (11 o'clock for lefties). This allows your hips to turn farther away from the ball on the backswing, which produces a fuller, more powerful shoulder turn.

Weight Back from the Start

For a full weight shift back and through, address the ball with about 70 percent of your weight on the right foot. Your weight, your hands, your head -- all should be behind the ball at address. This eliminates the necessity to manipulate a big weight shift on the backswing, allowing you to coil easily around your right leg and prepare for a powerful move back to the left on the downswing.

Your Head Gets You Started

Before beginning the takeaway, rotate your head slightly to the right so your left eye is focused on the ball. Because your head must remain still during the swing while your shoulders turn, it can get in the way if you're trying to keep it steady or if your shoulders and upper body aren't flexible. Cocking your head to the right and out of the way means there'll be less resistance when the shoulders turn.

Private Lessons 1999 Times Mirror Magazines, Inc., used under license by GolfServ Online, Inc. Instructional information provided by Golf Magazine.

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