Hit Up With a Rising Club Head for Long Drives

Launching your tee shot high and far into the distance is probably one of the most satisfying feelings in the game of golf, but all too often people are left disappointed that this doesn't happen often enough during their round.

Following this tip should help you get that feeling more regularly.

The tee shot with the driver is one of the only shots in golf you can actually strike the ball with an ascending blow. This is only able to happen because you are allowed to tee the ball up. Start teeing the ball so half of a golf ball sits above the crown of the driver. Position the ball upwards, forwards, towards your left in-step for the right-handed golfer and position 60% of your bodyweight towards your rear foot. Allow your hands and arms to settle the butt end of the golf club level or slightly behind the club face.

This setup is now perfectly designed to produce an upwards angle of attack during the impact phase. If this is achieved correctly, the ball will fly higher and further, with a slightly reduced amount of backspin. This is proven to produce the longest and most accurate tee shots.

If you are used to striking downwards with your irons and taking divots, striking upwards with a driver can feel like quite a big change. Therefore, spend some time making practice swings without a golf ball to understand the feeling of having the club bottoming out in the centre of your stance and rising through the impact area and clipping the top of the tee peg.

If on the golf course you notice that you are taking divots or smashing the tee peg into the floor, you are probably still descending through the impact phase. The ball should be picked relatively cleanly off the top of the tee peg and the driver head should never hit the grass.