Launch Your Drives For More Distance

Chad Phillips

Chad Phillips

Golf Digest Best in Georgia, Top Junior Coach, Director of Instruction - Pinetree Country Club

I have a station set up to help you improve your attacking angle of your drives or create an upward attacking. An upward attack angle helps us hit the ball further and achieve more distance. We want to hit in the middle of the face, so I’ve also sprayed the face. I want to be focused on getting the ball to strike in the center or even slightly high of center.

For the station, I have half of a foam roller 10 to 12 inches in front of the golf ball and my intent is to hit the golf ball and miss that foam roller on the exit. To achieve this, my clubs have to get close to the ground back here and be ascending into the golf ball. The reason for spraying face and monitoring contacts is that it’s easy to fall into swinging up on it and then hitting it on the bottom of the face thus producing lower ball speeds as well as higher spin rates.

I have 3 balls to perform these at three different speeds, gradually increasing the speed as I get to the final ball. I want to ensure that I’m still getting pressure into my lead foot as a moving forward and getting the club to ascend.

I’m going to get feedback on my contact and on my attack angle. If I accomplish those drives relatively square face, I’m going to start hitting drives further