By Erika Larkin on 7/24/13
When you hit a driver off the tee, try to hit up on the ball.
If you are hitting "down" on the ball (which we should do on iron shots), you might end up having a lower trajectory that you would like — or you can end up with a complete "pop-up" shot. Golfers who hit down with their drivers often look like they are "chopping wood" — and rightfully so! They usually are tee-breakers!!
The symptomsHere are some things to consider if this sounds like you — or you notice that you are breaking lots of tees when driving:
The drillStand up totally upright and raise your arms and club to chest height. Take some swings like you're swinging a baseball bat. Every few swings, lower your chest a little, but keep that "round" feeling. This should help you get the feeling of swinging "out and up" on the ball instead of down.
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community, at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine — and she's oobgolf's newest columnist! She writes on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, e-mail her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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Some good points, though there are times when you may want to hit down on the ball. For example, hitting into a strong headwind, though granted you will loose some distance but also attempt to minimize the affect of the wind on the shot.
Mark Crossfield's video demonstrates the general distance performance between hitting down and hitting up on the ball. Definitely a must see.
Put your ear to the ground, your shoulder to the wheel, your nose to the grindstone, your toe in the water, feel it out the sweet smell of success and taste the victory.
And don't forget. Be the ball.
Matt McGee says:
I just went from a 10.5 degree to a 9.0 degree driver. If nothing else teaches you to swing up at a teed ball, that will.
I put my change and extra tees in my right pocket. Helped with my spin tilt.
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