Launch it high
A high launch delivers a yard-munching trajectory. At impact, Joe Miller’s driver is swinging upwards at a 10-12º degree angle, launching the ball at around 17º. Miller’s figures are pretty extreme, but if you can raise your launch you can add easy yards. Follow these four steps.
1 Promote launch through posture
Take your regular driver stance, the ball an inch or two inside your lead heel. Face both palms down towards the ground; they should be at equal heights.
Create spine lean
Push down with your trail hand till it’s just above your knee, allowing your gloved hand to rise. Your torso now leans away from the target, setting up an upward sweep through impact.
2 Match posture and ball position
Blend the new posture into your full set-up. Feel your shirt buttons are further behind the ball than normal with the shaft upright or slightly leaning back.
3 Increase angles through impact
Power hitters gain launch by increasing spine lean at impact. The lead shoulder rises while the head and chest effectively ‘back up’ as they deliver the club.
4 Tee the ball higher
For a normal drive, the driver’s crown bisects its equator. But a more upward attack needs a higher tee. ‘Base of the ball opposite club crown’ is a good guide, and encourages a strong upward sweep.