Causes and Cures – Drives are too Low – Golf Video
I think for a lot of people, they find the driver the hardest club in the back of the hit. I think one of the concerns is that it just doesn't go high enough. I see a lot of guys out in the driving range, hitting ball after ball after ball and when they're actually looking at it, the ball is not flying any further than it would be with a seven iron. It flies a bit quicker but it just comes down too early.
And I think the thing you've got to understand here is that you need the right driver to produce the right height of shot and we need to talk about optimum trajectory. The optimum trajectory can change depending on the power that you're using and if you could imagine that you get like a fireman's hose and the water is spreading out to the hose, if you spray that water straight up in the air, it comes up and down and doesn't travel very far and that's like hitting a lob wedge. All of the energy goes upwards and downwards, it doesn't go very far.
If you were to take that fireman's hose and tilt it down a little bit, the water would start traveling a little bit further to a point because if you then got the hose too low, ultimately it would start landing nearer to you again and it eventually finish up spraying down by your feet, so somewhere in there, there's an optimum trajectory. We need to try and hit out ball on the optimum trajectory for your club head speed and it's different for different golfers, so my drive is only an 8-1/2 degree driver.
I would consider that to have quite a fast club head speed, so I can launch the ball quite low and it travels a long way, but if I hit my driver very slowly, very gently and take the club head speed down, this thing is going to straight into the floor. It's not hit high enough, it's not generating enough back speed, it's not climbing up into the air, so if I was to slow my swing down there, I might need maybe an 11, 12, 13, sometimes even a 14 degree driver because all the people actually hit their three wood further than their drivers, they're just really looking into hitting their three wedge because it's not macho like hitting the driveways. But actually the 15 degrees of loft or thereabout on a three wood can fly further than your driver, so let's lose the macho approach and let's choose the right club for the right shot.
So if you need a bit more, loft on your driver and the optimum trajectory isn't being reached, change that down to a more lofted club. The easiest way to check that is go to your local place and try a few different clubs out, go to a teaching professional available and they'll tell you straight away whether it's the optimum trajectory or actually try to have a low inch monitor and that will give you the data and the scientific figures to work out exactly the height of the shot. But that's one of the causes why the ball won't quite be flying high enough because it's not going to go high enough up into the air.
The next thing is you want to make sure the ball is teed up nice and high. You play the ball nicely up towards your front of your left heel, keep your right shoulder down a little bit and just try and sweep the ball up into the air, so the bigger back swing, the bigger shoulder turn and sweeping the ball up into the air. That's going to get the ball, nice and high as well.
Now if your golf swing gets too flat, you get too far away from the golf ball, you swing it very flat around you as you come back down into the impact area, there might not be enough loft on the club, you might be a little bit too far on the inside approach into the ball, that could take all the loft out of it as well. And if that's the case, just getting a bit nearer to the ball might help you steep in your swing up a little bit.
Good check point now would be that you just make sure that the club rests just above your kneecap, that tells you how far back from the ball you should be, therefore the club would come up a little bit steeper and one other area that might be de-lofting the golf club is having the club phase very closed as you hit the ball. So if the club phase is aiming too far left as you hit it and the phase is closed that could be a problem as well.
Now checking the club phase, it might actually be closed at the top of the swing as well if the phase here points straight up to the sky rather than 45 degrees or more down to the ground. If it points further up into the sky that way, it would class as a closed club phase, chances are that's going to be a grip issue, probably gripping the golf club too strongly, you go left or both hands, so three or four knuckles in the left hand, right hand sitting underneath, shutting the club phase down too much, closed club phase at impact, takes all the loft out of it and nails it into the floor, but you've probably also seen the ball going left if that was the case.
So let's make sure we've got good fundamentals, good grip, good distance away, using a golf club that has plenty of loft on it, having a nice high tee pegged up near the front foot and let's get our board flying higher, more up towards optimum trajectory for longer tee shots.