"How do I set up for the driver?" is something that I get asked all the time.
All the golf magazines and pundits on TV are talking about how you should tee it high and set up with the ball way forward in your stance.
So it must be correct, right? Well, sort of...
I just released a new Premium video to answer this question, and here's a key point from it that may surprise you...
WHY YOU SHOULD HIT DOWN ON YOUR DRIVER
The most important thing you should learn so you can hit ALL the clubs in your bag solidly is how to get your release point in the same place like I discuss in the 5 Minutes to the Perfect Release Video.
This means that, at first, you should work on hitting DOWN on your driver.
Doing this will allow you to groove a consistent release without changing all the angles in your golf swing at impact.
What I see more often than not is that a golfer will have a reasonable swing with all his irons and then look like he's being attacked by a giant squid when he swings the driver.
This happens if you try to go from hitting down 6 degrees or so with an iron to magically hitting up 3 degrees or even more with your driver by teeing the ball high and forward in your setup.
Instinctively, you'll move your head back during the downswing, creating a lot of secondary axis tilt at impact in order hit the ball that is sitting so high off the ground. If you don't make this compensation, you would put a sky mark on your driver!
So, I have golfers like this work on hitting down on the driver at first until they learn to maintain their impact position with the driver.
Then, I show them the adjustments they need to make to be able to move to a more neutral or positive angle of attack to get more distance.
FIX YOUR DRIVING WITH THIS SIMPLE DRILL
- Set up with the ball in the same position with the driver as you would for a wedge.
- Tee the ball very low, just barely off the ground.
- Hit shots until you learn to release the driver in the same place as you do all your clubs.
When you do this drill, the ball will fly very low and not carry very far, but you should be able to hit the ball very solidly without taking much of a divot (just brushing the grass).
TAKE YOUR DRIVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
The rest of the new Premium video explains how to blast the ball your maximum distance by making the necessary setup adjustments for the driver with the Rotary Swing Tour.
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