Minjee Lee Has Earned More than a Major
Minjee Lee of Australia plays her tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 77th U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.Getty Images
Minjee Lee: Ball Striking Genius
Watch as the two-swing side by side. I see three specific keys that will help all amateurs gain some length like the Lees.
- Take a video or look in the mirror at your backswing. How high are your hands at the top? Chances are if you haven’t reached your distance potential, they are low and near that trail shoulder. Older video of Minjee shows much lower hands in the backswing. Power comes from extension and width. Get those hands higher at the top.
- In transition make sure you push off that back foot. The ground is such an important element to creating speed. Watch both Minjee and Min Woo launch off that trail foot. It is the first move as they swing forward.
a. Try this drill. On the practice range, place a sponge (something soft) under the heel of your trail foot. By the time you get down to impact, your heel should be off that sponge. In doing so, your body will explode through the ball from the ground up.
- On the follow through stretch out that trail arm. Watch as both siblings extend their right arm to the target. Too many times, I see amateurs retract that arm. Fire it through impact like the Lees!
In just two weeks, the ladies of the LPGA will be competing at Congressional Country Club in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. With Minjee’s new move, she will be tough to beat. Make these changes in your swing and I bet you’ll be even tougher to beat as well.