Troy Mullins Long Drive Champion
Troy Mullins has worked with several golf instructors, but when the long-drive champion thinks about how she developed her swing, she says intuition deserves most of the credit.
"Learning to hit the driver was difficult for me at first, because I only swung irons for the first few years when I began playing," Mullins says. "But I pick up things quickly, and coming from a track background [she competed in the heptathlon at Cornell University], I started doing what felt right for my body to do when I was throwing the shot put. It was similar."
As Mullins reaches the top, instructor Trillium Rose of Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md says she has the look of Fred Couples. "That lead elbow is really straight. If that arm collapses, you lose the width you need to power through the ball. Also, most people who swing past parallel bend their body toward the target. But she's nice and tall."