The advice you read these days is that your driver should be arcing upward when it makes contact with the ball. True enough for recreational golfers. There are some instructors, though, who would have you learn a swing separately for your driver so that could happen.
I won’t argue with them, because they might well be right in that that would be ideal way to play golf. But recreational golfers who have time to make one trip to the range per week, and play one round of golf per week, don’t have the time to develop two swings. Getting good at just one is hard enough.
So here’s what you don’t have to do to be swinging upward with your driver.
– You don’t have to deliberately swing up at the ball.
– You don’t have to tilt your stance away from the target when you set up to the ball.
– You don’t have to tee the ball higher or tee it up way forward in your stance.
None of those things. All you have to do is use your normal stance and your normal golf swing.
I figured this out when I was working on my swing with a 6-iron and no ball. I found that the club kept hitting the ground about thee inches in front of the ball.
This means I would have hit a golf ball lying on the ground while the club was still going slightly down, like we’re supposed to. But three inches isn’t that far in front of the ball. After that, the club would have to start arcing upward.
I laid out a few alignment rods as shown in the picture. The orange rod points to the center of my stance, where I would place the ball for an iron shot. The tee peg points to a spot three inches in front of that, marking the bottom of my swing. The yellow rod points to the ball on a tee, even with the inside of my left heel.
As you can see, the yellow rod lies well in front of the bottom of my swing (tee peg). That means when the driver bottoms out three inches in front of the orange rod, it has plenty of time to be arcing upward when it contacts the ball.
When I started swinging normally at a teed-up ball, using the same swing feelings that I do when I swing an iron, the ball just took off.
Remember, all the clubhead has to be doing is moving a few degrees upward. By using your normal swing, that will happen.
One swing is hard enough to learn. Fortunately, that one swing is good enough for everything.