Pressel adds power


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Morgan Pressel’s distance bump isn’t going unnoticed.

While the fifth-year LPGA pro will never be considered a power player, she’s added some pop with her driver.

“I noticed playing with her in Japan that she’s gotten longer,” said Ai Miyazato, who was paired with Pressel at the Salonpas Cup, which Pressel won last month.

Pressel, 22, arrived at the LPGA Championship averaging 245.9 yards per drive, up from her drop down to 229.8 average two seasons ago. That's a jump from 154th in driving distance to 86th. Pressel hasn’t lost her straight edge, though. She’s fifth among LPGA pros in driving accuracy.

Pressel’s work with swing coach Adam Schriber is paying off, but she says equipment’s helped, too. She switched this year from the Callaway FT-9 driver to the Callaway Diablo Edge driver. She also switched from Callaway X-Forged irons to Diablo Forged irons.