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4 Keys that Rory McIlroy Cares about

Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open at the age of 22 with a record score of 16-under-par on his way to an eight-shot victory.

He is only 5-feet-10, but he is known as a long hitter with the average driving distance over 300 yards.

Here are 4 keys that Rory McIlroy works on including how he trains, a swing thought he uses under pressure, how he works on his swing and more.

1. Training

He has always been long for his size since he started to play golf. But he also works in the gym.

In the gym, he mostly works on core stability and flexibility. These training helped him hit the ball even further.

2. What He Learned on Tour

On tour, he quickly found out that nearly all the players swing the club with no fear. Rory McIlroy said that he is a grip-it-and-rip-it guy and thinks about nothing other than the target.

Some amateurs try to think about technique during the swing, but I don't recommend doing that because you tend to hesitate during the swing.

If you must think about something, keep it down to 1 swing thought because we are not good at thinking about 2 things at the same time.

3. Under Pressure

Under pressure, he uses one simple swing thought. He picks a spot a foot in front of the ball and tries to hit the ball over it.

This simple swing thought takes his mind off the outcome of the shot and keep him in the present.

4. 3 Keys to His Golf Swing

His coach and he have 3 check points. They are:

1. Posture
2. Alignment
3. Ball position

He also works on his golf swing, but he never does that without checking those 3 keys first.

His coach said that under windy conditions, he sometimes lets his ball creep back in his stance a bit. He also has a tendency to narrow his stance when hitting his short irons. I think it's important to understand your tendencies and check them from time to time.

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