How Cameron Champ Hits The Ball So Far

The young American is the longest hitter on Tour right now

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The young American is the longest hitter on Tour right now

How Cameron Champ Hits The Ball So Far

Cameron Champ burst onto the worldwide scene recently with his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 23-year-old Californian is part of a new breed of young, athletic golfers who smash the ball miles, with Champ averaging over 328 yards off the tee this season to rank 1st in driving distance.

That's nothing on last season though, as he averaged an incredible 343 yards on the Web.com Tour to unsurprisingly top the driving distance stats there too.

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Champ was a full 10 yards ahead of 2nd place and 18 yards longer than 2017's Web.com Tour biggest hitter.

Here are his yardages with each club:

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Videos of Champ were popular on social media at the RSM Classic where he hit a seven iron 221 yards.

WATCH: Champ hits 7 iron 221 yards at the RSM Classic:

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What's more incredible is the fact that he's not 6ft 5 with muscles popping out of his shirt, he is 6ft and relatively slim.

Watch Champ's swing in slo-mo:

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So, how does he hit it so far? Quite simply, great technique.

Below, GM Top 25 coach Ged Walters looks at Cameron Champ's power moves -

Takeaway/Backswing

Champ has a nice and wide takeaway with his arms extended and very little wrist movement.

He allows the club to move up on the original shaft plane from the address position.

His hips turn unrestricted with his tailbone turning to face towards the target, this allows his trail leg to straighten and his lead leg increases the knee flex.

He continues to the top of the backswing with his torso making a huge turn while retaining the tilt and extension of the spine.

His hands are nice and high at the top.

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Downswing/finish

On the downswing, Champ's hips unwind with incredible speed.

His belt buck faces the target by the time the shaft is parallel to the ground.

From this point his lower body does nothing more until post impact and it's time for the upper body to do its work.

Champ shallows the shaft exceptionally which allows his arms and the club to be almost catapulted into impact.

The club exits around the body below his shoulders as he completes his swing in perfect balance.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x