Keep the ball on line
A high-launch swing means creating an impact very late in the swing’s arc. This technique is in danger of creating a pull. Here’s why, and what you can do about it.
Why late equals a pull
Picture the swing as a perfect inclined circle. The club only travels down the target line at the base of its arc. On the way down it moves in-to-out, and as it rises it moves back to the inside. To achieve high launch we catch the ball well after the base of the arc, the club swinging back to the left.
Adjust your aim
Whenever you choose to go for the big drive – ball further forward and teed higher – close your stance slightly to allow for this later hit. Aim feet, hips and shoulders around 10 yards right of your target (right-handers). The later, out-to-in impact will cancel out this new alignment.
Keep the attack shallow
Picture a line parallel to the driver’s shaft six inches or so above it. This line broadly represents the plane of your swing. Aim to deliver the club to the ball with its shaft below the line. Keeping your attack shallow like this guards against coming over the top and pulling the ball.
Target the inner quadrant
Before the round starts, draw crosshairs on your ball. When you’re going for the big one, aim the cross square to your target line, tilted up so you can see it. Aim to strike the inner, lower quadrant. This simple intention helps you keep the club behind you for longer, countering the pull.