Thursday 30 March 2017

WATCH - How to get an extra 20 yards off the tee with your driver

Barry Massey

What club golfer doesn't want to hit their drive 20 yards further? It could mean the difference between hitting a six iron or an nine iron for your second shot.

David Lewis, PGA professional at Greystones Driving Range, believes he can add extra distance to your drive if you follow his simple tips. I tried it and, believe me, it works.

"To get extra distance you need to strike the ball just above the centre of the clubface. You also need to launch the ball into the air, so you want to hit up on the ball," he says.

"Tilting your shoulders on address will encourage a hitting-up action at impact and will give you more height and less spin.

"It doesn't matter what your clubhead speed is... if you're not hitting up on the ball you won't get any extra distance.

"Rory McIlroy is the perfect example. Rory hits up on his driver about two degrees and is one of the longest hitters on tour.

"Here's a few drills you can do. Place a towel about an inch in front of your tee and try to hit the ball off the tee without moving the towel. If you move the towel, it means you are hitting down on the ball.

"In your garden place a row of tees on the ground and put your towel in front of them. Try to hit the tees without moving the towel. If you improve your attack angle by five degrees it could put 20 yards on to your drive."

Aim to strike the ball just above centre of the clubface.
Aim to strike the ball just above centre of the clubface.
Tilt the shoulders back slightly to encourage a hitting-up action.
If you move the towel after impact you are hitting down on the ball.
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