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how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

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my kid has a decent command of driver, with acceptable numbers when checked out by computer/video. take off angle also ok.

she asks when teeing against wind, without changing to a different driver, what tech can she use to lower the ball flight to avoid being pushed back by the wind?

thanks
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

Tee the ball a little lower and move it back in her stance just a bit.

Care must be taken to finish however, or a weak fade can result which is the absolute last thing she wants when hitting into the wind.

As with all wind play.....smooth and controlled, not hard, is the key.
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

I have a special play for this situation. A 3 wood.
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

Jack Nicklaus said when playing into the wind, take a normal swing with good tempo and a well struck golf shot will cut right through it.

Another option would simply be to tee it lower or play a low spin rate ball. horrible for chipping however.

My experience is that most try to swing harder when hitting into the wind imparting more spin and therefore less distance and control.

Lastly, make sure the driver and shaft combination is correct. Get to a good fitter and have spin rate analyzed. A higher than recommended spin rate will create havoc in the wind.
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

I saw this a few weeks ago: http://www.hulu.com/watch/60483/golf...er#x-4,vclip,2
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Originally Posted by Comeback City View Post

Great video, its worth a 1,000 words.
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

Here is what I do. Tee the ball lower and put it back in my stance, raise my back shoulder higher than normal and abbreviate my follow thru. If she will just practice the abbreviated follow thru she will see results immediately. Like Tiger does on his "stinger".
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

thanks guys, very helpful and very consistent answers:) the video is really quite good, very very clear pic!
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Re: how to hit driver with lower trajectory?

Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
Tee the ball a little lower and move it back in her stance just a bit.

Care must be taken to finish however, or a weak fade can result which is the absolute last thing she wants when hitting into the wind.

As with all wind play.....smooth and controlled, not hard, is the key.
Awesome tip.....especially the part about finishing vs. fading.
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