An­gle of at­tack

A sim­ple sleeve of balls can help you rip it off the tee

Golf Digest Middle East - - Play Your Best / Driving With Mike Kinloch -

The av­er­age male ama­teur has a driver club head speed of ap­prox­i­mately 93.5 miles per hour - about 20 miles per hour less than the av­er­age speed on the PGA Tour.

If ama­teur golfers are go­ing to max­imise their achiev­able dis­tance, re­gard­less of club head speed, one of the im­pact con­di­tions that is very im­por­tant is an­gle of at­tack. Put sim­ply, when you strike the golf ball, is the club swing­ing down, is it mov­ing hor­i­zon­tally, or is the club head swing­ing up­wards?

A PGA pro­fes­sional will be able to use tech­nol­ogy like Track­man to de­ter­mine ex­actly what is hap­pen­ing at im­pact. If we are to max­imise driver dis­tance, we should be at­tempt­ing to control the an­gle of at­tack and have a slight up­ward strike on the ball. Two things I would look for in the set-up be­fore try­ing the be­low drill is that you have a level pelvis at ad­dress and a very slight tilt in the spine away from the tar­get - no more than 10 de­grees.

A way to check and work to­wards the cor­rect an­gle of at­tack of at­tack with a driver is to tee a ball up so that 30 to 50 per­cent of the ball is above the club face’s top edge. Then take an empty golf ball sleeve and peg it into po­si­tion two club head widths in front of the ball.

As you hit the shot you should be able to brush the tee, make cen­tred con­tact with the ball and have the club head swing above the ball sleeve with­out touch­ing it. If you can do this, your club head is mov­ing gen­tly up as it swings through the ball, help­ing to achieve op­ti­mum im­pact con­di­tions for max­i­mum dis­tance.

Mike Kinloch is Head Pro­fes­sional at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s Peter Cowen Acad­emy Dubai. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

“To max­imise driver dis­tance you need a slight up­ward strike on the ball.”

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