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How would you like to hit more up on the driver to hit longer, straighter drives? Well this drill just might help you do that. 

Lots of golfers struggle with the driver when it comes to how they “stack” their upper body over their lower body through out the golf swing tending to create an upper body dominant transition which can cause you to hit the golf ball too early in the arc and hit too much down. 

When the upper body gets out of position throughout the golf swing it can make things harder when it comes hitting fairways. We see so many golfers get their upper body leaning too much towards the target which leads to a number of issues and most importantly an inconsistent IMPACT.

So, if we can give ourselves a little more time in the down swing, it will not only help us hit up on the ball to gain distance, but it will also give us more time to square the club face and eliminate the slice. But how can we do this?

Well to do this you need to hit the golf ball later in the arc and we can do this by “stacking” the upper body better over the lower body by focusing on the spine angle throughout the Set Up and golf swing. Here is a very drill that is very simple to do next time you go to the range and all you need is a small book.

 

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Open the book slightly so it will rest on the ground between you and your ball on the ball position line. Place it so the front cover is facing away from the target. Now the key to this drill is making sure you can see the front cover of the book from set up right through to around IMPACT.

To do this, you need to tilt your spine away from the target at your address and as you make your back swing keep your spine angle leaning away. At the top of the back swing you are now “loaded” with your upper and lower body nicely stacked so that you can use your lower body.

 

 

 

Now the TRANSITION is the all-important part. As you shift and rotate the lower body to start the down swing, keep the spine slightly tilted away so that you can clearly view the front cover of the book.

From here now you are primed ready to build up that speed, hit up on the golf ball and have a much better chance of delivering a squarer club face it Impact.

Get ready to hit some high launching, long, straight drivers with this drill and say goodbye to the rough on the right!  

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  1. Anthony

    Great tip! As I’m trying to keep my spine pointed slightly back, I have the tendency to just drop my hands down before turning my hips to impact. It helps my angle of attack, but I’m losing power an…

  2. tomwgibson

    This is an great piece, Andy. A perfect Hallowe’en read.

    Hey, I’m a new member but am seeing improvements already … probably saved a few strokes on Sunday playing in Vancouver. Better chipping …

    1. Andy

      Hi Tom. Welcome to the club and thanks so much for signing up. We have so much planned for the coming months with member giveaways, new features to the site and some great content to help you over the…

  3. Sal524944

    Hey Andy do you support the K bomb method? I tried it on the range and i really hit some good drives with it.

    1. Andy

      Love the K Bomb yes. It is a great way to hit better drives for most golfers! Glad it went well at the range.

      Thanks

      Andy

  4. Doug

    Could a similar posture be used for iron shots or should stance be more upright?

    1. Andy

      Hi Doug. The only issue with the irons is that we want a downward hit on the golf ball as opposed to an upward hit. We do still want a slight tilt though. Hope that makes sense?

      Thanks

      Andy