Launch it high

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - INSTRUCTION -

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.

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