drive into the fairway
par-4 18th hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
when: Final round
of the BMW Championship
why: Woods has
significantly slowed down his driver swing, and it's helping. Woods used to
swing nearly as hard as he could (a 9.8 on a scale of 1�to�10), but
he's dropped down to something closer to 8.5. The slower swing maintains, and
might even increase, his distance because his club and body are better aligned
at impact, allowing him to find a groove and even fix himself mid-round if he's
struggling. At Cog Hill he tied for third in driving accuracy (80.4%), yet he
also finished third in average distance (311.6 yards).
To Go Long, Go
To find your
optimal speed, turn a driver upside down and grip it on the hosel with only
your right hand. Swing and listen to the whoosh of the club. Your hardest swing
is a 10. Take slower swings until you can hear what sounds like a 9, an 8 or a
7. Then hit regular shots. You'll probably drive it the longest and straightest
with a 7 or 8 speed.
teaches at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pa.