7 JON RAHM
TEE IT HIGH AND LET IT FLY FOR LONGER CARRY DISTANCE
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.