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How to Dominate With Your Driver like Patrick Reed

PGA Pro Patrick Reed shows the Golf Digest crowd’s younger viewers some tips to improve their budding golf games.

Released on 8/16/2016

Credits

Starring: Patrick Reed

Transcript

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(country-style rock music)
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[Patrick Reed] That's probably my favorite,
00:16
the slinger, as well.
00:17
Instead of aiming five or 10 yards right,
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I aim 20 to 25, sometimes I even aim 30 yards right.
00:22
I really use my hands and rotate them really hard.
00:25
Next thing you know, the ball comes out a little lower,
00:28
starts a lot more right, and continues to turn left,
00:30
and it's kind of one of those things
00:32
that I've always kind of controlled.
00:34
There's a hard left-to-right wind, a small draw,
00:37
the ball's not going to move.
00:38
If it's blowing hard from left to right,
00:39
I'll aim right and hit the slinger
00:40
so I can at least see the golf ball moving
00:43
in the direction I want it to move.
00:45
When I'm trying to hit the high bomb,
00:46
it's usually a little wider, or a fairway.
00:48
It's usually kind of one of those par fives where
00:51
if you hit a normal drive, you're not quite getting there,
00:54
so you're gonna try go and send it to
00:55
give yourself an opportunity to get there in two.
00:58
Normally, it's just kind of one of those up
01:00
with the ball a little bit more forward in my stance.
01:03
I'm just kind of swinging a little bit more to the right
01:04
and just a little harder, trying to get the ball
01:06
to launch higher, both releasing it.
01:09
That allows it not to spin, so it's kind of one of those
01:11
really high knuckle turnovers that
01:13
fly probably extra five yards farther
01:15
and roll a little bit more.
01:17
Since I don't really like to cut the golf ball as much,
01:20
with hitting the butter cut, what I like to do is,
01:22
I make sure I really feel like I'm aimed really far left,
01:25
just so then I could feel like the swing's going left.
01:27
I just aim at the face of the flag,
01:29
and that just allows because my path's going
01:31
to let the ball start left and kind of fade back
01:33
to where the club face is aimed.
01:35
When you come back and you're right at, say, 3 o'clock,
01:38
the club face is pointed straight up,
01:40
so for it to be dead square on the way through,
01:42
the club face would be pointed straight up,
01:44
so when I'm holding it off,
01:46
when I get to that point on the way through,
01:48
I feel like the toe's aimed more towards the right.
01:51
Basically, impact, the face is kind of a little bit open,
01:55
kind of holding the club from turning over.
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