Kellie Stenzel, High 100 Instructor
December 19, 2022
Tee it excessive and let it fly.
There may be nothing extra enjoyable in golf than completely bombing your driver on an optimum trajectory to maximise distance. Listed here are 10 methods that can assist you to hit hovering tee photographs, identical to the professionals do.
1. Heart-face contact
A stable, properly launched drive begins with center-faced contact. Off-center hits not solely trigger massive quantities of distance loss however additionally they usually include some sort of undesirable ball curvature. You’ll be able to examine the place you might be hitting your ball in your face by making use of some sort of marking sticker or spray to indicate you the place contact occurred.
2. Good posture
Correct posture creates stable contact. Bend ahead out of your hips so your arms can hold along with your fingers under your shoulders. You must ideally be in the identical posture along with your driver as along with your shorter golf equipment. Don’t use your driver as an excuse to face taller.
Professionals use this transfer to generate further energy. Right here’s the way it works
3. Correct ball place
Correct ball place within the entrance of your stance helps to ship a sq. membership face at influence and in addition locations you athletically behind the ball in a location to generate energy.
4. Shoulder tilt at tackle
Your lead shoulder needs to be greater and your path shoulder decrease in order that your shoulders are parallel to your purpose line however tilted again and away from the goal at tackle. This shoulder tilt will permit you to catch the ball on the upswing maximizing smash issue in addition to launch.
5. Tee it excessive sufficient
A better tee will match properly with ahead ball place and shoulder tilt. If you happen to tee the ball too low, chances are you’ll catch the turf to hit the candy spot within the face; on many drivers, the candy spot is barely above the middle of the face.
6. Swing with velocity
To launch the ball, you want velocity. Velocity will give the ball spin, and spin will give the ball raise. Two golfers could begin the ball flight on the identical launch angle and with related influence situation, however the shot with extra velocity will proceed to rise on that very same trajectory however and journey a farther distance. I’ve the privilege to play with Rory McIlroy just a few years again, and it was superb to look at him launch his driver — and all of his golf equipment for that matter — thanks largely to his velocity.
7. Observe swings mustn’t brush the bottom
If you take your apply swing along with your driver, it mustn’t hit the bottom. I additionally like to listen to the swoosh of the clubhead by the air on the backside of the swing. If you happen to can hear this swoosh, you might be seemingly doing job producing velocity. In case your driver hits the bottom, the swing is both too gradual or too steep, and if the clubhead glances straight down the again of the ball, your launch angle is off.
8. Correct loft and shaft and weight
Having a correctly fitted driver that features the proper loft, shaft and weight is vital to get probably the most out of it. Many golfers want extra loft than they suppose. That is the place utilizing a launch monitor could be useful, or spending time with a fitter. A high fitter like True Spec Golf (True Spec is an affiliate of GOLF.com) may have an array of shafts and clubheads out there; attempting totally different combos and with suggestions from a launch monitor, you’ll rapidly see what combo of loft, shaft and weight work to maximise driver launch and distance on your swing.
9. Don’t confuse a pop-up with launch
Among the worst golf recommendation I hear comes after a golfer pops up a drive: “You teed it too excessive…” In case you are popping the ball up, the very first thing to examine is your arrange — is your ball ahead sufficient to have the ability to create shoulder tilt again and away from the goal? You’ll be able to examine this by beginning in posture along with your toes collectively and your membership addressing the ball. Take the smallest step you may along with your lead foot and take a wider step along with your again foot, permitting your path shoulder to drop when taking this bigger step. From that place, you may take smaller adjustment steps to get comfy. Velocity can even be your pal whenever you pop up the ball. If you happen to decelerate your ahead swing an excessive amount of, the membership can fall to the bottom along with your steeper downswing breaking the tee (not good within the case of the motive force). You want sufficient velocity to maintain the membership transferring throughout greater than down, avoiding the broken-tee pop up.
10. Velocity coaching with The Stack
One in every of my new favourite velocity coaching instruments and apps is The Stack, created by Sasho MacKenzie and Marty Jertson of Ping. This technique makes use of a coaching assist and app to measure the place you might be and assigns particular coaching protocols to assist to extend swing velocity and distance.
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Launching driver isn’t a enjoyable option to begin a gap nevertheless it additionally makes the rest of the outlet and subsequent photographs simpler. An amazing drive has a domino impact for all ensuing photographs. A shorter method seemingly will arrange simpler short-game photographs and putts.