7 Tips For Better Tee Shots!
Toe It Up
Although at address the head of your driver rests on the turf, due to the ball being elevated on a tee, the club must be raised to a point in-line with the ball into the hit. As the head raises, it also extends a touch away from you. This means, in order to set up for a centered hit, you must actually position the ball towards the toe when in the address position. Not all great drivers of the ball set-up this way, but most players will find this to be good practice in helping them find the center of the club face more often.
Many golfers fight a steep swinging action which is a guaranteed “death move” for good driving. In order to effectively flatten your swing shape to a motion more conducive for hitting the tee ball, bend more over with your posture at address. By steepening your shoulder tilt, it will force you to create a shallower more rounded swing shape with your arms, thus producing a more sweeping delivery at contact.
Think of keeping the tee safe and tall and your playing partners might just reward you with a standing ovation!
Add Some Punch
This tip is all about getting the left wrist into a “hitting” position at the top of the back swing. Make a fist with your lead hand (Left hand for right handed golfers). Notice how preparing to punch, gets the back of the wrist nice and flat. A flat lead wrist at the top will, in most cases, ensure a nice square club face. In addition, feeling the wrist flattened, puts you in a position of “power” as you drive the lead hand into the back of the ball through the strike.
Play Keep Away
If you want to really power your drives, you need to develop a wide arc in your backswing. I like to think of it as playing “keep-away.” What do I mean? Well, in this case, I’m trying to keep the shaft far away from my right shoulder at the top of my backswing, versus having my arms and shaft folded or collapsed in close. Go to the top of your swing and pull your arms into your body. The shaft will rest against your right shoulder. Now, lengthen your arms, pushing the shaft away from you. This will feel like your right arm is “long” with your right palm pushing against your left thumb. As you hit, think of keeping your arms extended, with more of a 3/4 backswing length. Develop more control and a wider arc and you’ll be in better position to bust it!
Many players have a down swing that travels well over the top of their back swing, thus again causing the steep hit often associated with slicing. To “Drop In” means to flip the conditions of your swing to one in which the down swing actually drops under the back swing path. This move facilitates a shallower angle of attack that swings more from “In to Out.” The perfect combination for hammering a soft little draw.
Most players who slice know this is due to the club face being open to the swing path into contact. Even with this information, they’re still unable to get the face rotated back to the ball enough to encourage a leftward curve. The reason is often that they try and rotate the face at contact which for them is way too late. The remedy…..”leave early.” This means starting to close the face much sooner in the down swing arc. As you begin your move back to the ball, feel the face closing while the club head is still above your waist. This earlier rotation, will help the face find impact more “on time” producing the flight you’re looking for.
Angle of attack is critical to driving. A well executed tee shot will leave the tee standing tall versus driven into the turf. Just like a well struck hit in Little League T-Ball, you’ve got to pick it clean. This means feeling a level to slightly upward hit. Think of keeping the tee safe and tall and your playing partners might just reward you with a standing ovation!
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