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David Leadbetter's Key to a Great Drive

Golf Digest instructor David Leadbetter gives his tips for straighter, more consistent drives.

Released on 10/3/2018

Transcript

00:02
(strikes ball)
00:04
Ah, man.
00:05
What happened there Tom?
00:07
Well, first tee, loads of water, blind shot,
00:11
as well I can't see the fairway.
00:13
Just get a little shaky, nervous to be honest--
00:15
A little nervous, a lot of people get nervous
00:16
on the first tee.
00:17
And you know we're gonna make you look good
00:19
on the first tee, cause that's the most important thing.
00:21
It doesn't matter how you hit it,
00:21
as long as you look good, right?
00:22
(laughs)
00:23
But all seriousness though, getting off the first tee is
00:26
a problem for a lot of people, even the pros.
00:28
I mean they get butterflies and nerves in big tournaments.
00:31
So the big thing here is that, the longer
00:33
you stand over the ball as you did,
00:35
you know I nearly fell asleep watching you there.
00:37
(laughs)
00:38
Okay.
00:38
You're gonna get tack, you get tense,
00:40
you're gonna get very jerky, you're gonna have no rhythm.
00:41
Right
00:42
So one of the important things is
00:43
to really have a good routine.
00:44
So this time I want you to sort of go behind the ball,
00:47
pick your spot, pick your target.
00:49
Go ahead, don't think about anything (inaudible),
00:53
the less time, the better, okay?
00:54
Okay.
00:55
All right, so let's try that now.
00:56
I want you to pick a really good shot, okay?
00:59
So pick your spot, get behind the ball here, that's it.
01:02
A good routine's really important.
01:04
This is how you get off the first tee.
01:06
You can practice this on the range,
01:07
as well on the practice area.
01:09
So, there we go.
01:09
Alright.
01:10
So relax there, take you a little breath even.
01:12
Just exhale
01:13
(breathes in, breathes out)
01:18
(strikes golf ball)
01:20
Way better.
01:21
See, I mean it's not that the swing was that different,
01:23
but your rhythm was totally different.
01:25
A lot of it's routine.
01:26
There are holes that people don't like,
01:27
especially the first hole.
01:29
So remember, rely on a good routine,
01:31
this is what the top players in the world do.
01:32
If you can do that, you'll have no nerves on the first tee.
01:35
Okay, thank you.
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