Tee It Up
Advice For Golfers Looking To Go The Distance
Let’s talk about adding a little distance to your drive.
Distance with the driver is a product of hitting the ball in the center of the clubface, squaring the clubface to the path on which the club is swung, generating maximum clubhead speed through impact and swinging the clubhead on a relatively level angle of approach through the impact zone. The more of these you can accomplish, the more distance you will achieve. Let’s tackle them one at a time, starting with hitting the ball in the center of the clubface.
Research has shown that for every 1/4 inch you miss the center of the clubface during impact, you will lose seven percent of your total carry distance. If you carry your best drive 240 yards and miss the center of the clubface by 1/2 inch, your drive will carry only 207.4 yards.
How can you tell if you are hitting the center of the clubface? There are a couple of things that will help determine where you contact the golf ball. First, invest in a can of spray foot powder. (It doesn’t have to be Dr. Scholl’s.) Spray the powder on your driver face and see where you impact the ball when practicing your tee shots. Your goal is to hit as close to the center of the clubface as possible. You can also mark your golf ball with a permanent marker and line the mark up on the back of the ball when you tee it up. This will produce a mark on your clubface after you hit the ball.
From my perspective, centeredness of contact is the most important fundamental in maximizing distance with the driver, and foot powder and permanent markers will help refine your ability to find that clubface center.