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Improve your driving distance

Today I’m going to talk to you about ‘centeredness of strike’, and how a simple thing like the height you set your tee at, can have a huge impact on how straight and far you hit your driver.

The first thing I’m going to need you to do, is pop into your local pro shop and ask if they could spare you a few bits of driver face tape (this is used in custom fitting golf clubs and most pro shops should have it). Next I’d like you to go the range and hit some drivers with the face tape on and the tee set at your normal height. Once you have hit 3 or 4 balls, have a look at where the strike marks are on your driver face tape.

Maximum transfer of energy from club head to ball will be achieved with a centre strike, and due to the curvature on a driver face from top to bottom, there could be 5 or 6 degrees of loft difference between high and low marks on the face.

If your strike marks are all very low on the club face, then you could try teeing the ball up a bit higher, and if the marks are consistently high on the face then you can try teeing the ball lower. If the marks are consistently from the toe, try standing a little closer and if their consistently from the heel, then stand a little further away. Swing changes are not always necessary to improve your game, sometimes, all that is needed is a little tweak.

If however you discover that your strike marks are all over the club face, then maybe it is time to call in the experts!

Niall McGill

PGA Professional

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