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WHO: Joe Durant
WHAT: Tee shot to the right of the green
WHERE: 203-yard par-3 15th hole at Disney World's Magnolia course
WHEN: Final round of the Funai Classic
Durant--not Tiger Woods--is the best ball striker on Tour, according to the stats. Since 1999, Durant has been fourth, on average, in greens hit in regulation and sixth in driving accuracy, while Woods has been 11th in GIR and 126th in driving. How does Durant achieve golf's best strike? He keeps his hands neutral in the backswing, then bows or bends his left wrist at the start of the downswing and keeps it that way through impact, assuring crisp contact with a forward leaning shaft and a descending blow.
Bow the Left Wrist To Hit It Crisp
Great ball strikers like Hogan and Trevino all bowed their left wrist through impact. To learn the feel of a bowed left wrist, hit shots by starting in the impact position. At address, push the shaft forward and put your hands ahead of the ball. Then swing. If you can get a crisp hit and a low ball flight you're doing the drill correctly.