How to get more roll from a driver?
Posted 30 August 2011 - 05:22 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 05:41 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 07:41 PM
Kar the important thing is "not to throw the baby out with the bath water". No need to change your technique until we understand what is truly happening here. 1. Are you saying you never get any run ever or just currently? "If it is just currently mate, you are certainly not on your own. This winter in Australia has been a particularly wet one and courses have become very soft. This is bad conditions for getting a driver to release. If this is a problem you are only experiencing currently my advice would be give it 3 months and you should be seeing some release." 2. Describe you driver trajectory for me? "Is it flat and domed shaped or is there any noticeable rise in its flight as it progresses? (ie. Starts low to medium and climbs during flight)" 3. Your driver dynamics with your swing dynamics could be killing you! "I notice 3 things in your post... 9.5 degree loft, Whiteboard S and 90-95mph swing speed... Mate you are killing yourself dynamically before you even begin to swing... Whiteboard: You are looking at a shaft here that has a very high kickpoint and a stiff tip which is designed for low spin and LOW FLIGHT combine that with a 9.5 degree loft and you are looking at a tour style driver. The problem is the average tour pro creates a dynamic ball speed of 170mph + Dynamics: Understand that at a swing speed of 90-95 mph you will be creating a ball speed of 130-140mph. So to optimise your driver distance you will be looking at a launch angle of 14-16 degrees and a spin rate of around 3500rpm. How can you achieve that with a 9.5 degree driver and a high bend, low torque, low spin shaft? You can't in my opinion... It will require a positive attack (catching it on the up swing) on the ball of between 5-7 degrees, very difficult to do." What I would recommend? Get yourself a 12-13 degree driver head to start with, this will dynamically suit you better in terms of launch angle and elevating spin. Try it with the Whiteboard as it may flatten the flight (you may need to eventually drop the shaft a little also) but for now I would definitely say increase your loft, you are putting negative pressure on your driver dynamics. Any questions, give me a yell here... GUYS THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT POINT... LOW SPIN/LOW LAUNCH OFF THE DRIVER IS NOT WHAT IT IS CRACKED UP TO BE! Launch angle will be determined by ball speed, as speed goes down, launch angle must go up. Spin rate must also increase to stabilise the flight and gain carry. Most of you guys are missing carry not run. Will start a Sticky today where we can discuss tee shot issues. AB
I am hitting my driver high but only get a few meters of roll. I have tried changing to low spin shaft (Diamana Whiteboard stiff) and less lofted club (9.5) but they made very little difference. My swing speed is between 90-95mph. What should I do?
Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:01 PM
Yep that will work. Or hit the ball down the freeway, should get a few extra meters there. On topic though: I've also struggled with the same problems you are facing. Even when i made great contact i'd carry the ball 220m but the ball would roll no where. All came down to swing plane issues (which im still working out). Even when the ball appeared to be hit straight I was still slightly cutting across the ball. This increased the spin, increased the loft which are two things working against getting roll on the drives. I can't really fix your issue, but all I can tell you is that by sorting out my swing plane so that im now hitting either a straight ball or a draw has given me the distance back in my drives. Plus an added bonus of extra carry on top of that.
Or dont play on wet courses. :)
POW….right in the kissa….POW right in the kissa….POW right in the kissa…….ARGHHHHHH
Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:33 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:09 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:09 PM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:50 PM
Hi Crrack,Sure thing. Although I am far from being a teacher so take what I say lightly. (also, sorry about the length of this, I got carried away) There are two things I've been working on for the past month.  getting rid of an "over the top" swing plane and  getting my hands turning over correctly. I used to fight these things constantly. If I'd get my swing plane right, my hands would stay open through impact and if I got my hands turned over correctly I'd swing over the top. To correct this, the biggest factor in my improvement has been addressing my set up and take away. I don't know if you’re the same but I'd constantly find myself off balance after a lot of my shots, even the ones hit pure. This was due to being slightly hunched over at address coupled with an inside take away. So all I've done is work on drills to fix these two problems. At the range I'd put a club or something directly behind where my club head should pass over in the back swing and concentrated on keeping a good spin angle while not reaching for the ball. I found that once I managed to get myself in a comfortable position here getting the club in the correct position at the top of the backswing was easier. For me 3/4 of my swing is getting it to the top of the backswing. Once im there and in the correct position I can just unwind and my only thoughts are releasing my hands through the ball and accelerating all the way to the end. Now I find the cut/slice has gone from my driver completely. While my swing still needs work I tend to pull the ball rather then slice the ball now which for me is an improvement.
I am interested in how you are working out with your fixes. I think my problem is very similar (straight with a slight cut).
Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:55 PM
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