Looking for a quick and easy way to increase your driving distance? Work on hitting the ball higher.
A high-sailing drive naturally stays in the air longer and carries farther than one hit on a low trajectory. That’s why professional clubfitters recommend using a driver with substantial loft – as much as 13 degrees for some golfers.
Without changing drivers, here are a few things you can do to hit higher, longer tee shots:
• Tee the ball with plenty of height: About half the ball should sit above the top line of the clubface. Modern drivers deliver maximum carry when the ball is struck just above the center.
• Play the ball off your left heel (right-handers): With your left toe flared slightly toward the target, the ball should be even with the left heel at address.
• Right shoulder slightly below the left at setup: This will put you in position to catch the ball on the upswing, utilizing all the club’s loft.
To truly get the most from today’s golf drivers, a fitting is recommended. Many pros and shops offer fitting services, or you can go the online route with retailers such as Thomas Golf (For more information on Thomas Golf drivers click here).