How to smash it further with Thomas Detry

One thing I see with amateurs is when they try to hit it hard, you see everything moving and they’re not hitting it out of the middle of the clubface. So, that’s the main big thing, hit it out the middle of the face because the clubheads are designed for it.

You’re really going to maximise your ball speed if you do that. What I would say to amateurs trying to hit it further is really try to slow down your body. That doesn’t mean slow down the club speed, but just slow down the body, so no weird movements with the legs and everything else. If you look at Bryson DeChambeau, obviously he swings it really hard, but it’s actually quite a simple swing.

Speed gains

During the tournament with the adrenaline, I can get my clubhead speed to around 120mph with the driver. I don’t tend to go any higher than that. On the range I can get it around 123mph ballspeed once I’m warmed up. Now with everyone trying to hit it further, most of the top five players in the world are trying to reach 190mph ball speed, almost 200mph, with the driver. Specific speed and gym work is required for that.

Detry’s driving

Average distance: 306 yds

Longest drive this year: 376 yds (Valero Texas Open, Round 2)

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