This week’s video shows you a very simple drill for the range to create the ideal attack angle and potentially add yards to your drives.
The ideal way to hit your Driver is with a wide shallow swing and strike the ball slightly upwards. This is different to your irons, where the ball is on the ground and we need a downward blow to hit the ball solidly. I often use the image of a cup and saucer to illustrate the differences between iron shots and tee shots. An iron shot is played inside the cup, the club tracking up and down a steeper angle. Tee shots are played very much along the saucer, much wider and shallower and we strike the ball on the upward lip of the saucer launching it upwards.
At swing speeds of 90-100 mph, which is very much the average for male Club golfers with the driver, the ideal launch angle can be between 13-15 degrees. Compare that to the loft of your Driver. Many of you will be using clubs with 9.5-12 degrees of loft and so to create a launch angle in the 13-15 degree range you must have an upward AoA. Teeing the ball a little higher and further forward in your stance will help and combining this with the bottle drill in the video you could add considerable distance to your tee shots.
If you have never used Flightscope I would recommend finding your nearest owner and invest in a Driver fitting. Flightscope has a tool called the Driver Optimiser which shows you how efficiently your swing uses your current Driver. You may find that a small change in launch angle could give you 15+ yards without any loss of accuracy.
Driver Optimiser Screenshot
Like many of you I am very much looking forward to The Ryder Cup. I have a feeling the American team will be more motivated than ever before and it’s sure to be very very close! It’s amazing to think they have only won twice since Tom Watson was last their Captain in 1993 and the last time was without Tiger Woods. Tom Watson as Captain and no Tiger Woods sounds a little ominous to me, I hope I’m wrong!
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