Schecter Lee
By Bruce Patterson
Monday, March 02, 2009

Conventional wisdom holds that long drives are mainly a product of your swing speed. The faster you swing the club, the farther your drives fly. But I watched PGA Tour player Jeff Sluman add 22 yards to his tee shots without an increase in swing speed. How do you explain that? Or why J.B. Holmes' average drive in 2008 (310 yards) was 16 yards longer than Tiger Woods' (294 yards) when they produce the same amount of clubhead and ball speed?

ANSWER: THEY CREATE OPTIMUM LAUNCH BY HITTING UP ON THE BALL.

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