Learning how to hit a driver low is a skill that will help you thrive when playing in windy conditions while others are wanting to pack it in. It’s a shot that will still go close to your normal distance as I demonstrate here (289 yards with only a 7* launch angle compared to 315 yards with an 11.4* launch angle). These two shots had a difference of 8.5* in angle of attack as well, which is a massive change. However, all I did was make one teeny tiny change to produce radically different results. What was it? Read on….
Most golfers go to goofy extremes to change their shot shapes and trajectories. They play the ball way back in their stance and set up severely closed to hit a low driver which changes their golf swings completely. Think about it for a second. If you move the ball back in your stance 6 inches like I often see, and you made your normal swing, what would happen? You’d completely miss the ball, that’s what!
So, now you’re asking your brain and body to get the club to bottom out and make center face contact in a completely different place than where it normally does. And, unless you’re a tour pro, this is asking a LOT because most amateur golfers have a hard time getting the club to bottom out an hit the sweet spot on their NORMAL swings, much less on a swing they try and pull out once a round.
When trying to hit a driver low, this often leads to “idiot marks” on the top of the driver head as the golfer comes down way too steep and takes a divot with their driver and pop the ball straight up in the air – the opposite result of what they were just trying to achieve!
With Rotary Swing Tour, becoming a master of ball flight is actually quite simple because we teach the student to correctly use the body and the arms and hands can “take a nap”. They don’t have to do much in RST, so they’re left in reserve to make minute adjustments to manipulate the club to hit every shot in the book. During our RotarySwing clinics, students are amazed at how my swing looks exactly the same yet the ball can do whatever I ask all by making imperceptible adjustments with my control hand – the left hand for right handed golfers.
In fact, that’s all I did on this knockdown driver. I simply arched my wrist slightly coming into the hitting area which kept the clubhead behind my hands slightly longer. This made it continue to travel down as it struck the ball with a more delofted club face which lead to a penetrating missile that rolls for days.
You don’t need to try and completely change your swing or your setup to hit a draw, a fade, high or low. You simply need a slight tweak with your lead hand with RST and you will quickly become a ball flight master!
If you want to master ball flight and hit the driver miles, check out this video I did on driver launch angle that will you teach you how to hit that 315 yard tee shot you saw above!
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