Maximise Your Driving Distance

I often see golfers who consistently achieve a centered strike on the clubface fail to get near to their optimum driving distance given their clubhead speed. The most frequent cause of this is an overly steep angle of attack; they are striking down too much on the ball. When this angle is coupled with a low dynamic loft (loft of the clubface applied to the ball at impact), the player will struggle to get the golf ball up in the air and their shots will lack carry. A steep attack angle coupled with a higher dynamic loft produces shots with excess spin that pop up and lack the desired penetrative flight.

If your ball flight matches either of these descriptions, I recommend you visit your golf professional and have some shots with your driver measured using TrackMan or a similar ball tracking technology. This will not only give accurate measurements of the ball's flight, but also the all-important impact conditions that dictate
the flight of the ball.

June2013

There are three steps you should take in your setup to encourage a slightly ascending strike on the ball (see below):

  1. Have your spine tilted gently away from the target. This will set your head behind the ball, a position you want to maintain through impact. You should feel that if you were to draw a line down the spine it would point in line with the golf ball.
  2. Tee the ball up. Make sure you have a high tee. This will encourage a shallower or slightly upward blow on the ball. A low tee tends to encourage a downward strike.
  3. Ball position. Moving the ball forward in your stance will allow you to hit the ball at the bottom of the swing arc or even on the upswing. Experimentation with the ball's position using TrackMan can help to identify the best position given your swing characteristics.

June 2

To practice striking the ball with a level or slightly upward angle of attack, try using this drill. Tee the ball up, then position a line of tees on the target side of the golf ball, about six inches in front of the ball.
Start with half swings and try to connect solidly with the ball while avoiding the tees aligned in front of you. To do this you will need to keep your head behind the ball while turning your weight onto the left foot.

As you make these swings, try and maintain good extension in the arms in both the backswing and follow through. These swings can be monitored on TrackMan until the desired angle of attack is found; you can then practice reproducing this feeling on a consistent basis.

June 3

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