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Long Drive Tips with Jeff Flagg

Jeff Flagg gives his tips on how to hit a 400 yard drive.

Released on 8/25/2015

Credits

Starring: Jeff Flagg

Transcript

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(blues guitar)
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Hey this is Jeff Flagg.
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We're out here at a demotion site here in Chicago,
00:12
and today I'm gonna--
00:13
Hold on. Is there any glare?
00:17
Today, I'm gonna show you how to
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hit a 400 yard drive.
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Let's get to work.
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So a 400 yard drive is just like any other drive,
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but bigger.
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First thing you're gonna do is tee the ball up,
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grab your driver, pick a spot,
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nice comfortable stance,
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take a nice, smooth, easy swing.
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All you do, swing nice and smooth and
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it will carry about 400 yards.
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Okay, so if that doesn't work,
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here are a few more tips to
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really help you smoke your driver.
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Okay, the main reason I wanted to come
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to this demotion site is for step number one.
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I want you to go outside, I want you to grab a rock,
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and I want you to throw it sidearm.
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Now, question.
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What were you thinking about when you threw that rock?
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Turning your shoulders, opening your hips,
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holding the lag, probably not.
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You were just thinking about throwing a rock,
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and that's the whole secret to hitting it far,
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to let the arms dictate the speed of the club,
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and not let your body get in the way.
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Okay, now I want to show you two ways
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to increase your arm speed in the golf swing.
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First, you want to let that right elbow fly
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at the top.
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It's really hard to create arm speed
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when that right elbow is tucked.
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So really let it fly and really open up the chest
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and let that right peck and shoulder
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create that speed coming down.
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Along with that, you really want to take
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the tension out of your left arm,
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so that right arm can do its job and
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drive through just like when you were skipping rocks,
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and the left arm is just along for the ride.
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Okay, step number three is gonna be
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a simple drill you can do to really
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feel those arms working in golf swing.
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My coach Tony Luczak, he calls this The Flamingo Drill.
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So what you're gonna do, you're gonna
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play the ball off your front foot,
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drop your back foot back,
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and keep your toe up.
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Okay, and then all you're gonna do
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is swing as hard as you can, under control,
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in that stance.
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That stance, what it's doing, it's taking
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your hips out of it, your legs out of it,
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so your arms are creating all the speed in the swing.
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