Francesco Molinari had the season of all seasons in 2018 - highlighted by winning The Open, BMW PGA, Race to Dubai and going 5-0 at the Ryder Cup - but a huge reason for all that was improving his organic 'POWER SQUAT' move according to resident GolfMagic coach Cam Lancaster of First Light Golf.
Molinari, 36, has typically been one of the most accurate drivers of the ball for many years, but after working tirelessly on his driving with Denis Pugh this year, Molinari is now hitting the ball over 300 yards on average for the first time in his life.
Using his TaylorMade M4 driver - GolfMagic's No.1 driver of 2018 - the Italian has added 6 mph of ball speed to his driving this season, contributing to an added 10 yards of distance.
In 2017 on the PGA Tour, Molinari averaged 291.9 yards (99th) and this year he averaged 301 yards (52nd).
The improvement translates onto the European Tour, too, improving his driving distance average of 295 yards (60th) to 304 yards (44th).
In short, that accounts for at least one shorter club for his approach shot.
According to golf coach Cam Lancaster, the secret has been Molinari's 'power squat' move that you can see in the video below.
"Francesco Molinari has bumped up his swing speed from 107 to 113 mph, and he did it in an organic way which I find interesting," said Lancaster.
"Althought I usually recommend to put on distance through stretching and movement, he did it through unlocking his legs, which were quite stagnant.
"In particular, he worked on loading more in his backswing with a straight right leg, then transitioning with more of a squat and post move on the downswing.
"It's a move that is hard to implement because your body will want to naturally collapse into the golf ball.
"What I recommend is practice hitting drivers with a squat and post move... but only hit drivers that go 100 yards to really feel it."
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Francesco Molinari bumped up his swing speed from 107 to 113 mph. And he did it in an organic way... which I find interesting. Although I usually recommend to put on distance through stretching and movement, he did it through unlocking his legs... which were quite stagnant. I think it is important to note he did not loose distance through this change. In particular he worked on loading more in his backswing with a straight right leg...then transitioning with more of a squat & post move on the downswing. It is a move that is hard to implement, because your body will want to naturally collapse into the golf ball. What I recommend is practice hitting drivers with a squat & post move.... but only hit drivers that go 100 yards to really feel it. Follow you Instinct, Follow the First Light. ☀️ video credit to: @jamesdowlinggolf