Turn Dont Lift For Better Driver Shots (Video) - by Pete Styles
Turn Dont Lift For Better Driver Shots (Video) - by Pete Styles

Just talked a little bit now about how the angle of attack of the driver coming into the golf ball needs to be nice and shallow to avoid a steeply hitting down shot that hits the crown of the golf club and pops it too aggressively up into the air. Now there is a movement that you might be making in your golf swing particularly in the very first elements of your golf swing that could be doing you a disservice here in creating and causing some of the bad habits and shots that you have particularly that skied shot. So during the set up phase of the swing, we need to be aligning ourselves nicely here level to this cane on the ground, pointing myself out towards my red target flag. And then my takeaway should be a nice sweep away from the ball and the fact that there is a sweep almost feels like the club is low and slow in the takeaway. So a nice low and slow take back, keeping the club close to the ground and turning nicely to the top. It’s very much a turn in the backswing.

Now the fault that I see some golfers get into particularly those that sky the ball tends to be a little bit of a lift, so they pick the club up here, so they are lifting the golf club up outside the line. From that position they’ll generally get a little steep and a bit choppy and coming down in a similar fashion. And anyone that chops down into the driver the angle of attack is too steep. They got to bury the club head down underneath the ball, potentially causing the top or the crown of the golf club to be the thing that contacts the ball first, so we are hitting down here, hits the top and we sky the ball up into the air, so really simple takeaway exercise to help you bring the club back on the right line. We are going to take the club and just drop the ball about two feet back behind, and my feeling here is I should hit that ball gently on the way back, actually I should push it away with me. So I am setting up to a tee peg and about two feet back I’ve got the ball. And if I lifted that club up I would miss the ball, I would feel that my hands and arms are picking the club up and there is my problem. I want to feel that I sweep that back catching that ball in my takeaway as I turn to the tock, before hitting back through to the tee. Now I have got it to around 18 inches to two feet away here I can just gently push that ball back in my takeaway before coming back through to the tee peg. And if you practice doing that, even if you just did that in the back garden just a few times to feel the width in your takeaway, so rather than picking the club up steeply just sweep it away on the way back. If you practice doing that, it gives you the sensation of using the big muscles in your takeaway for the hands and the arms to work together rather than the hands and the arms working independently. Changing the angle that you take the club back should change the angle of attack coming into the ball, improving your ball striking and avoiding that nasty little popped up tee shot.
2015-10-16

Just talked a little bit now about how the angle of attack of the driver coming into the golf ball needs to be nice and shallow to avoid a steeply hitting down shot that hits the crown of the golf club and pops it too aggressively up into the air. Now there is a movement that you might be making in your golf swing particularly in the very first elements of your golf swing that could be doing you a disservice here in creating and causing some of the bad habits and shots that you have particularly that skied shot. So during the set up phase of the swing, we need to be aligning ourselves nicely here level to this cane on the ground, pointing myself out towards my red target flag. And then my takeaway should be a nice sweep away from the ball and the fact that there is a sweep almost feels like the club is low and slow in the takeaway. So a nice low and slow take back, keeping the club close to the ground and turning nicely to the top. It’s very much a turn in the backswing.

Now the fault that I see some golfers get into particularly those that sky the ball tends to be a little bit of a lift, so they pick the club up here, so they are lifting the golf club up outside the line. From that position they’ll generally get a little steep and a bit choppy and coming down in a similar fashion. And anyone that chops down into the driver the angle of attack is too steep. They got to bury the club head down underneath the ball, potentially causing the top or the crown of the golf club to be the thing that contacts the ball first, so we are hitting down here, hits the top and we sky the ball up into the air, so really simple takeaway exercise to help you bring the club back on the right line. We are going to take the club and just drop the ball about two feet back behind, and my feeling here is I should hit that ball gently on the way back, actually I should push it away with me. So I am setting up to a tee peg and about two feet back I’ve got the ball. And if I lifted that club up I would miss the ball, I would feel that my hands and arms are picking the club up and there is my problem.

I want to feel that I sweep that back catching that ball in my takeaway as I turn to the tock, before hitting back through to the tee. Now I have got it to around 18 inches to two feet away here I can just gently push that ball back in my takeaway before coming back through to the tee peg. And if you practice doing that, even if you just did that in the back garden just a few times to feel the width in your takeaway, so rather than picking the club up steeply just sweep it away on the way back. If you practice doing that, it gives you the sensation of using the big muscles in your takeaway for the hands and the arms to work together rather than the hands and the arms working independently. Changing the angle that you take the club back should change the angle of attack coming into the ball, improving your ball striking and avoiding that nasty little popped up tee shot.