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Question

I’ve been playing golf for 60+ years. How does the driver swing bottom figure, when we are always told to hit the driver on the upswing.

David
March 02, 2017

Bobby’s Answer

This is a really good question, David. Yes, the industry does tell us to hit the driver on the upswing. This is to reduce spin and increase launch angle. Personally, I don’t like to change my swing for the driver. I keep my swing bottom in front of the ball, but I do have some tips to help you continue to achieve good launch and spin conditions, without changing your swing thoughts. I explain in the video below. And by the way, I talk about this in a little more detail (as well as a lot of other topics related to mastering your driver) in my Advanced DVD The Driver. Click here for the hard copy. Click here for the digital download.

Comments

  1. Hi. I am 87 years old and still play a couple times a week. I shoot in the low to mid 80s. I have lost flexibility and have a hard time getting the work horse to per form very well. Any suggestions for us old guys?

  2. Seeing your swing in super slow mo would be better. I can’t see how this is different than swinging “up” on the ball.

  3. Billy Bondaruk.com

    Most all the Tour pros today hit up on a driver… 1 or 2 degrees…. There hasn’t been many guys out there that lasted long on tour hitting down on a Driver. The two that do come to mind are or were the 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman and coincidentally the 2003 Masters Champ Mike Weir. Their downward strike with the big stick created lots of swing problems that they both admit to. I had always thought that , Perhaps there was a change in equipment at that time, maybe the golf ball changed slightly and that went unseen. It almost seemed like over nite they were no longer competing on the weekends and the rest of the tour was hitting up on the ball. I know Trackman had lots to do with that. But it was that fast, instructors one day we’re saying you can hit down on the driver slightly to … You have to hit up on the Driver….. I still think it was the golf ball changes

  4. Have heard for years that the ball position “moves” forward from center as the clubs get longer. Or appears to as the stance goes from more narrow to more wide (ball may actually be same distance inside lead heel). How does this jive with the bottom of the golf swing. With little or no spine tilt it seems that the bottom should be essentially in the middle of the stance regardless of width. With a significant spine tilt I would expect the bottom to move more trail side. How then do I determine where my 4″ divot should be. I have been a sweeper of the ball and am trying to convert to a divot taker, but don’t have a grass range or a wife that would allow her yard to be dug up, even if my back allowed a lot of practice time.

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