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15 ways to get 15 me­tres right now

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

f you’re like us, you’ve reached the point where what you re­ally need more than any­thing in your life is 15 more me­tres. Like now. For­get about lessons, diet or ex­er­cise.Those things take time.You want some­thing you can shop for or or­der online.You want a kind of in­sider-trad­ing dis­tance tip that you can cash in be­fore Satur­day morn­ing. Pills, voodoo, an in­jec­tion of any kind, what­ever it takes, but you need those pop-ups to start work­ing, pronto. So we sur­veyed equip­ment ex­perts to find in­stant cures to boost your per­for­mance. Maybe each one isn’t for you, but try­ing out two or three or even four will likely save your year and have you walk­ing a lit­tle taller. – mike stachura

Iget with a fit­ter and a launch mon­i­tor. A good club­fit­ter and a launch mon­i­tor will iden­tify pa­ram­e­ters like ball speed, launch an­gle and spin to iso­late your short­com­ings. For ex­am­ple,Track­Man’s Op­ti­miser can show your ideal ranges for ball speed, spin and launch an­gle.To boost dis­tance, many golfers need a launch an­gle of 12 de­grees or more.That of­ten means more loft on your driver, not less. Hav­ing a spin rate be­low 3 000 rev­o­lu­tions per minute can help, too. coun­ter­act an ex­ces­sive slice or hook, al­low­ing you to swing with­out fear of your usual miss. For most av­er­age golfers, hav­ing more weight to­wards the heel of the driver will help pro­mote bet­ter spin rate, which helps dis­tance. get rid of those short tees. Tee height might be the cheap­est way to help you hit it fur­ther.Tee it up so half the ball is above the driver’s crown, and play the ball slightly for­ward of your front heel.This yields an up­ward an­gle of at­tack, higher launch and less spin. Our test­ing with Golf Lab­o­ra­to­ries’ mo­bile swing ro­bot, LDRIC, showed that tee­ing the ball this high yielded 16 more me­tres than when the top of the ball was be­low the crown.Adding a for­ward ball po­si­tion (just 2.5cm for­ward from in­side the front heel) saw an 18-me­tre gain. Swing tip: Don’t lunge at the ball; swing through it. fix your face an­gle. You can quib­ble with how a closed face an­gle looks, but not how it works. For typ­i­cal golfers, a closed face an­gle adds loft, and it helps shots that fade stay more on-line and roll more. For bet­ter play­ers, a slightly open face an­gle in­stills con­fi­dence. Play­ers nat­u­rally want to close the face com­ing into the ball to square it at im­pact.That face ro­ta­tion en­cour­ages club­head speed. get lighter shafts to in­crease swing speed. Lighter shafts in your driver and irons can in­crease your swing speed. But con­sult a club­fit­ter first. Low­er­ing the weight of the shaft can help older play­ers get back some of their dis­tance, but keep­ing the same flex main­tains their ac­cu­racy. choose a straighter club off the tee. Fore­sight Sports GC2 launch mon­i­tor’s sim­u­la­tion pro­gramme found that shots that land in the fair­way roll three times as far as those that land in the rough.At av­er­age swing speeds that’s a 16-me­tre ad­van­tage for balls that land in the short grass.What this means is, you need a driver you can hit straight con­sis­tently, not just one that goes re­ally long once in a while.Also, if you opt for the 3-wood off the tee, it might be eas­ier to hit straighter, and it might just roll out as far as where your wild driver shots fin­ish in the rough. find a driver that low­ers ball spin. Launch an­gle is more im­por­tant for golfers with slow swing speeds, but re­duc­ing spin is vi­tal for fast-swingers. Less spin on tee shots means they’ll land hot­ter.A Golf Di­gest test showed that tee shots land­ing at a flat­ter an­gle (less than 42 de­grees), even though they car­ried slightly shorter, pro­duced 15 more me­tres. it’s not just the loft on your driver that needs a boost. In­crease the loft on your low­est-lofted fair­way wood for a bet­ter launch an­gle. Most av­er­age play­ers, par­tic­u­larly women and se­niors, can’t get their fair­way woods in the air: “A 4-wood or even a longer­shafted 5-wood is bet­ter for those golfers.”

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