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    Default how to hit up on the ball with the driver?

    Here's some trackman data on hitting up with the driver.


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    My question is how to do it?

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    This works for me:

    I always setup with the driver in the center of my stance, and I play with the ball position based on my ball flight. Soling the driver in the middle of my stance allows the club to bottom out before it reaches the ball, so all the downward motion is completed before the club face reaches the ball.

    I went from a slicer to a guy that can send it pretty far with ok accuracy.
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    Smile I Might Be A Dumb SOB... But Why Don't You Just Get a More Lofted Driver...

    Quote Originally Posted by cnadon View Post
    Here's some trackman data on hitting up with the driver.


    The Easy Way to Add 20 Yards to Your Drive | Galleries | Golf.com

    My question is how to do it?

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    Because you will add launch angle AND SPIN...hitting up on a driver helps increase launch angle but REDUCE spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kobylinski View Post
    Because you will add launch angle AND SPIN...hitting up on a driver helps increase launch angle but REDUCE spin.
    Just to clarify, Jim's statement is true assuming you don't add effective loft. It's even better, typically, if you can hit up while reducing effective loft by maintaining a forward leaning shaft at impact. I think this was discussed in another thread.

    Of course, with slower swing speeds, you probably would need extra spin, so a higher-lofted driver isn't a bad idea.

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    Default RULES.

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    All you have is your hand path, the force along that path, and torque about that path.


    That's your means for creating the proper D-Plane with the proper speed, for the desired shot.


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    Default How to hit "up" on a Driver.

    1. Forward ball position

    2. Set up "behind the ball."

    3. Swing the arms from the shoulder sockets so the right shoulder is BACK AND DOWN at impact.

    4. LOTS of axis tilt.

    5. Inside-out Swing Plane Line (relative to the target).
    All you have is your hand path, the force along that path, and torque about that path.


    That's your means for creating the proper D-Plane with the proper speed, for the desired shot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Manzella View Post
    5. Inside-out Swing Plane Line (relative to the target).
    Would it have to be relative to the target? Could you not set up very open with your body (say 10 degrees), swing inside out relative to your body (same 10 degrees), and end up with the same "attack angle?"

    Maybe this would be a way to swing upwards enough without needing to play a big draw?

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    Default Great Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by mjstrong View Post
    Would it have to be relative to the target?
    Of course not.

    But aiming your upper body in the direction you want to swing (PLANE LINE) is a pretty good idea.

    In this case—hitting up on a driver—you'd better swing to the right or you are toast.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjstrong View Post
    Could you not set up very open with your body (say 10 degrees), swing inside out relative to your body (same 10 degrees), and end up with the same "attack angle?"
    No.

    If you "swung straight" and "hit up" your strike would be outside-in.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjstrong View Post
    Maybe this would be a way to swing upwards enough without needing to play a big draw?
    If you aim/swing 5 degrees to the right, and you hit the ball with the club past low point and 5 degrees up, with a square clubface, you'd hit it dead straight.

    Get it?
    All you have is your hand path, the force along that path, and torque about that path.


    That's your means for creating the proper D-Plane with the proper speed, for the desired shot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Manzella View Post
    Get it?
    NO! But that's ok. I just want to play good golf. It would be nice to understand this stuff but I don't.

    QUESTION: So what happens when you swing left (like for a fade)? thanks

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