How to Max Out Your Drives

Monday March 2nd, 2009
Schecter Lee

This story is for you if...

• You sometimes hit your driver fat.

• You often pop the ball up.

• You can't reach long par 4s in two.

Try This

Line up four balls about 3 inches apart and hit each one of them with your driver. After you hit the last ball, check the position of each tee:

TEE LEANS FORWARD
If the tee is leaning toward the target, you hit too high on the ball. This leads to thin contact and worm-burners.

TEE POPS OUT
If the tee has popped out of the ground, your downswing was too steep. This is the cause of your pop-ups and fat tee shots.

TEE STAYS IN PLACE
If the tee looks like it did when you set it in the ground, you made a level swing — the key to consistent contact.

HOW TO FIX IT

Repeat this drill until your tees never move. If you can't get the tees to stay put, try imagining the clubhead coming into the ball like an airplane landing, or that you're driving a nail straight into the back of the ball. At all costs, don't hit down on the ball with your driver like you would with an iron. Level it out or and you'll generate a more penetrating ballflight and extra, precious yards.

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