Jason Kokrak: This weight-shift drill helps me pound drives 315 yards

February 22, 2019

Jason Kokrak is one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour: His 309.5 yard average in 2018 ranked him 15th in Driving Distance. Being 6’4″ and 225 doesn’t hurt, but what’s another one of his tricks? This weight shift drill. All it requires is an alignment rod. Try it, and you could gain distance, too…

The better you manage weight and load up your right side as you motor the club to the top, the faster you can whip it back down and into the back of the ball for a powerful impact. I and most other guys on Tour work on it constantly.

Start by placing an alignment stick on the ground perpendicular to your target line. Point it straight at a teed ball. Take your setup, anchoring your front foot against the side of the stick as shown.

Jason Kokrak demonstrating his power drill
Consciously tracing a wider arc encourages you to shift more of your weight behind the ball on your backswing, sending your power potential off the charts.

As you swing back, try to get the clubhead as far away from your body as possible. Think “wide,” letting your weight slide over to your rear foot. You’ll know you’ve got it right if, by mid-backswing, pretty much your entire body is behind the alignment stick. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready. Load like this, and you’ll deliver max speed. —Jason Kokrak, PGA Tour player.