JOHN RAHM

TEE IT HIGH AND LET IT FLY FOR LONGER CARRY DIS­TANCE

Golf Australia - - TIP FROM THE TOUR -

Idon’t have the fastest swing speed on Tour but I’m one of the long­est hit­ters. One of the main rea­sons for that is my launch an­gle. I like to hit the driver slightly on the up­swing. By that I mean the club­head is mov­ing up and away from the ground at the point of im­pact with the ball. That swing char­ac­ter­is­tic is shared by all of the big­gest hit­ters. When you hit up on the ball, it launches higher with less spin. That com­bi­na­tion keeps the ball straighter in the flight and also max­imises your carry yardage. And the good news is that it works even for av­er­age swing speeds. I see too many am­a­teurs hit down through im­pact with the driver. That not only leads to a low tra­jec­tory, it also adds spin to the shot, which re­duces dis­tance and adds cur­va­ture. So tee it up a lit­tle higher and swing up more through im­pact to add yards to your drives.

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