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Issue 560 - Wed. June 5th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Four Factors That Influence Distance Off The Tee.
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Tom's Featured Tip: Four Factors That Influence Distance Off The Tee.

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I had a phone conversation with a student today and he mentioned that he wasn't hitting his drives very far. I'm going to get together with him to see where the problem lies, but today I want to outline some of the factors which affect hitting the ball further.

Four Factors That Influence Distance Off The Tee.
  1. Squareness of Contact
    • This means hitting the sweet spot on the face of the club. It's normally slightly into the upper quadrant of the face feathered towards the toe. If you looked at the face of the driver, it would be slightly up and left of the center of the face. You should practice hitting your driver at the range, and use Dr. Scholls Foot Powder sprayed on the face of the driver for feedback on the ball to the face of club contact location.

  2. The Angle of The Clubface At Impact
    • This means having the face of the club relatively square to the swingpath at impact to transfer the maximum amount of energy from the head of the driver into the ball. Practice will be enough to get a feel for this. You will feel the compression when this is done correctly.

  3. The Attack Angle Into The Ball
    • The horizontal angle: Attacking the ball with a swing that approaches the ball from inside the target line will be a much faster swing than one that attacks from down the line, or from outside to inside. If you are a down the line or outside to inside swinger, put a pool noodle (cut a piece about 18" long) on the ground, just outside of your teed up ball and stick a couple tees in it to hold it in place. It's an effective and safe feedback device (constraint training) for when your swing does not attack the ball from the inside. Hit balls and miss the noodle with your swing. The vertical angle: You also have to catch the ball on the ascending part of your swing circle arc to maximize carry distance. 4 degrees upward is considered to be ideal by most experts.

  4. Swing Speed
      The speed that your body and arms can generate is supplied by correct rotation, weight shift, and arm swing speed. It's relatively simple (not necessarily easy though) to pick up swing speed by simply swinging a shaft with no head on it as fast as you can for three sets of 20 swings (work up gradually) done twice weekly for about a month.

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Understand these factors and work on the ones that can be improved and you absolutely will pick up distance off the tee.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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