How to Hit the Power Sweet Spot

Tuesday September 30th, 2008
Angus Murray

This story is for you if...

• You want more distance with your driver
• You don't get any roll once your drives land
• You feel like you hit down on the ball with your driver

LOOK CLOSE!
These snapshots of the club's angle of attack are the key to squeezing extra yards out of your driver. If you descend into impact, you'll make contact near the bottom of the clubface. When that happens, the ball rolls up the face and launches with loads of backspin. The result is less carry and almost zero roll. If the club ascends into impact, you'll make contact higher on the clubface and reduce backspin. The positive result: higher launch, more carry and maximum roll on your drives.

HOW TO ASCEND INTO IMPACT (AND GET MORE YARDS)
1) At address, tilt your upper body to the right so that your hands can hang closer to the ground.
2) On your downswing, try to move your hands back to their address position.
3) Through impact, feel like you're swinging the shaft under the plane it sat on at address.

BONUS TRICK
Tee your ball so at least three-quarters of it is above the top of the clubhead. This gives you a high target to swing up into. Also, if your driver is three years or older, consider buying a new one — making contact high on the clubface works best with modern, high-MOI driver models.

THE NUMBER TO KNOW
The ideal spin rate for your drives is just under 3,000 rpm. You can only achieve this with an ascending angle of attack.

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