Mark your ball first, then hit it. Now you've found your hot spot. <span class="picturesource">Fred Vuich</span>
Friday, February 02, 2007

You've almost certainly heard Tour players and commentators like me talking about how the sweet spot on drivers has moved from the center to nearer the top of the clubface. The name for this 21st-century sweet spot is the hot spot.

The discovery of the hot spot signals a new era in the evolution of the golf swing. It has happened before: Hickory shafts changed to steel, blade irons changed to cavity back, and wooden clubheads changed to metal--all these changes produced shifts in how players strike the ball. In short, the way the game is played largely depends on the equipment of the day. The huge-headed drivers are here to stay, so here's how to reap their benefits and start hitting your longest drives ever.

Find your hot spot
Why are the world's best players hitting the ball longer than ever before? Their secret is clear--in some cases, contact is being made on the top scoring line of the clubface! This produces the high-launch, low-spin ball flight that translates into extra yards.

No matter which brand of driver you hit, the hot spot is above the center of the clubface. But it's slightly different for each one. To find yours, take an erasable marker and put a circle on your ball. Tee it up with the circle pointing straight back at your clubface at address.

Now hit some drives, and after each one examine the clubface to see the circular mark. When you catch one flush, the mark will be high. That ink blot is your sweet spot.

Drill: Tee low to level out

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