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Looking for some opinions on what a good drive should look like.   

I've gone from hitting it high and to the right, to low (maybe 50 feet off the ground) and left to center.  Getting good distance, anywhere between 230-270 with a couple pushing the 300 mark (pretty rare).  But feel like I'm losing distance based on the low ball flight.   

Everything else from my hybrid down to my wedges seems to be beautiful, at least in the ball flight regards.

Should I focus on trying to get the ball up in the air more, or be happy with what I'm getting now?  

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29 minutes ago, ALong17 said:

Looking for some opinions on what a good drive should look like.   

I've gone from hitting it high and to the right, to low (maybe 50 feet off the ground) and left to center.  Getting good distance, anywhere between 230-270 with a couple pushing the 300 mark (pretty rare).  But feel like I'm losing distance based on the low ball flight.   

Everything else from my hybrid down to my wedges seems to be beautiful, at least in the ball flight regards.

Should I focus on trying to get the ball up in the air more, or be happy with what I'm getting now?  

I believe that they say 16 to 18 degrees for launch angle is optimal. A high tier launch monitor would be great for you if you can get on one. Seems like you can manipulate angle enough, the big thing is spin rate as well. Optimal launch angle isn't good if spin is too high, which is a problem I have sometimes because the loft on my driver is high. If I were you I would spend a session on the range launching at different angles (maybe 15 balls at one angle before moving on), and then see what works best. Confirm with launch monitor and then fire away.

If your change in launch has come with swing improvements, something else may be needed to launch it higher, because 50 ft certainly isn't high enough.

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When I launch the ball high, I seem to get around 250 total distance. Most of my drives are a little low on launch and a little high on spin (this is a guess on the spin part) and they end between 210-230. 

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6 hours ago, ALong17 said:

Looking for some opinions on what a good drive should look like.

High and long. From the TrackMan website:

The standard assumption for height comes from the TrackMan Optimizer. For the driver, a club speed of 94 mph, attack angle of 0 degrees, and optimized carry results in a height of 82 feet. For a 6-iron, a club speed of 80 mph and mid-trajectory results in a height of 76 feet. For a PW, a club speed of 72 mph and mid-trajectory results in a height of 69 feet.

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