What does that mean?
I have never met anybody that was equally good with their driver and their long and medium irons. Generally, a golfer is good with one or the other.
There are many reasons for this:
- The driver is a longer club and is designed to swing on a flatter arc.
- It has less loft on it and is designed for the golfer to hit up (sweeping swing) on the ball whereas the iron swing is designed to hit “down” on the ball.
Another reason we must “hit up” on the driver is because the driver has less loft. When you hit up you add loft. In addition to this, the release with the driver tends to be earlier and wider than the irons. Trackman data tends to back up these findings.
The driver swing is on a more “level” approach to the ball whereas the iron swing comes down on a steeper angler of approach to the ball.
Because of the level approach, the driver swing has less spin which further creates more distance. It is interesting to note that a study of the tour professional at impact had 84 percent of them with the left arm perfectly lined up with their left shoulder at impact. This means they are hitting up on the ball.
To improve your driving try the following tips:
- Take a wide stance with 65 percent of your weight on your back leg.
- Position your head behind the ball at address.
- Position your ball below and in-line with your left armpit.
- Make your backswing as wide and as slow as you can without swaying off the ball.
- Consciously try to “hit up” on the ball as you swing to right field.
If you leave your tee in the ground after impact, it means you have hit up on the ball.
The greatest ball striker in the history of golf was the great Canadian golfing legend Moe Norman.
He was once asked why he always left the tee in the ground after hitting a driver, and he replied, “I am not trying to hit the tee, but the ball.”