How flaring your feet can help you hit the ball further

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To hit the ball longer, you need to rotate more for a bigger backswing. The solution? Flare your feet at address.

Illustrations by Ben Mounsey-Wood

In order to hit the ball longer, you need a bigger backswing. And to do that, you need to rotate more than you’re used to. But that can be a problem because many golfers have limited hip mobility.

A good immediate solution that GOLF Top 100 Teacher Nick Clearwater suggests is flaring both of your feet.

“Turning your toes out about 20 degrees — maybe even more — effectively makes you more flexible,” Clearwater says. “It creates greater range of motion in your hips, which produces a distance boost in very short order.”

Do this and you’ll gain yards in no time.

Ready to overhaul your game? Find a fitting location near you at GOLF’s affiliate company True Spec Golf.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.