Step 1: The set-up
Set up with your weight on the balls of your feet, and your feet shoulder width apart.
If your stance is much wider than your shoulders, it will stop you from rotating and shifting your weight effectively during the swing, leaving you stuck in the middle, so you lose distance on your shot.
Stand with the ball just inside your left heel when using a low numbered club, and between your heel and the middle of your stance for the higher numbers.
Lean your upper body slightly to the right, behind the ball. This makes it easier to turn rotate your body right and upwards in the back swing, shifting your weight onto your right foot as you do so, and reaching a powerful position from which to shift your weight left during the down swing, directing all the force of the shot forward towards the target.
Step 2: The swing
A full turn into the backswing also allows you to swing the club head into the ball in a shallow plane, sweeping the ball away.
Make sure that your body rotates to lead your arms and hands through a nice wide arc. Keep your muscles relaxed throughout the swing for a smooth, flowing motion.
At the point of impact, return your shoulders to the set-up position, square to the target line, to ensure the club head swings straight into the ball.
At the same time, release your hands, maximising the speed of the club head through the ball for a long, straight shot.