“Chicks dig the long ball!” – Male Golfer
This mindset runs rampant in the golf world. Companies market the distance we can gain by using their driver. However, it is a troublesome club to hit for many golfers. This week, we focus on a couple of quick fixes you can incorporate to help achieve better driver contact.
Ball position with the driver is important. Playing the ball in the front of our stance is going to give the best results. Moving the ball forward shallows the angle of attack, so the driver strikes the ball on the upswing, sweeping it off of the tee. A good rule of thumb is to position the ball in line with the instep of your front foot.
Keeping your head still and in the middle of your stance is also vital to good driver contact. Many feel more comfortable keeping their head directly over the ball. Their head moves forward during the swing to keep this feeling. As a result, the bottom of their swing moves forward, making the angle of attack steep. The club strikes down with a steep attack angle, leading to pop-ups and general loss of distance. To fix this issue, keep your head in the middle of your stance with the ball forward. These positions will keep the bottom of your swing in the middle of your stance so that you strike the ball on the upswing allowing for better contact and more distance.
Your head also needs to remain relatively still. If your head raises up too high, it leads to contacting the ball towards the top and thin. A tendency to hit behind the ball results from lowering your head. Naturally, both of these results are not ideal. A still head gives you the opportunity for good contact.
To improve your contact with the driver, simply:
1. Position the ball forward in your stance
2. Position your head in the middle of your stance and keep it still
Using these quick tips will improve your contact and have you hitting better drives!