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I just purchased a Taylor Made Burner for my 12 son. The nice thing is that he is now hitting the ball onto the fairway more often, and his score has been coming down. He is also hitting it further, but he has a tendency to hit it high in the air which affects the distance the ball travels. It's not like the ball goes 300 feet in the air and lands 50 yards away, but it may go about 200 feet in air and land around 160 yards out. When he hits it properly he drives about 200 to 220 yards. We can't figure out what he is doing wrong. For what it's worth, he is 5'2" and the club has been fitted for him. Any advice would be appreciated.
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(take my advice with a lot of salt; about a ton would do)

Whenever I hit it higher than far (or so it seems); I've teed the ball up too high. Try lowering it by about 1/4 inch?

The kickpoints can be surprisingly low on some clubs; my 3 wood I barely tee higher than a normal iron otherwise I sky it.
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When I was his age I was the same.

It doesn't really work that way, he has clubhead speed because the ball has to get that high somehow.

Was he fitted for the shaft? If not than that is the problem. If he was then it's a swing issue.
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Sounds like a simple case of hitting the ball dangerously close to the crown. It's like a full on pop up, but catches enough of the face to get some distance. The bottom of his swing arc with his driver is probably in front of the ball (like a good iron shot would have)

Either tee it lower, or check his swing to make sure he isn't leaning forward at impact.
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Sounds to me like flipping, no forward shaft lean at impact. Possibly weight too far back also. Have him do some of the drills below, see what happens.

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Sounds like a simple case of hitting the ball dangerously close to the crown. It's like a full on pop up, but catches enough of the face to get some distance. The bottom of his swing arc with his driver is probably in front of the ball (like a good iron shot would have)

I would agree with this. The tell-tale sign to me is that some of his swings are fine (200 - 220), yet others are (160). The club doesn't change between swings. So, check the swing, ball positioning and tee height for consistency.

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Sounds like a simple case of hitting the ball dangerously close to the crown. It's like a full on pop up, but catches enough of the face to get some distance. The bottom of his swing arc with his driver is probably in front of the ball (like a good iron shot would have)

I doubt it, I agree with Zeph on this one. He would know if he was hitting it that high on the face.

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Sounds like a simple case of hitting the ball dangerously close to the crown. It's like a full on pop up, but catches enough of the face to get some distance. The bottom of his swing arc with his driver is probably in front of the ball (like a good iron shot would have)

I doubt it, I agree with Zeph on this one. He would know if he was hitting it that high on the face.

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I just purchased a Taylor Made Burner for my 12 son. He is also hitting it further, but he has a tendency to hit it high in the air which affects the distance the ball travels. It's not like the ball goes 300 feet in the air and lands 50 yards away, but it may go about 200 feet in air and land around 160 yards out. When he hits it properly he drives about 200 to 220 yards. We can't figure out what he is doing wrong. .

Are you taking the Headcover off first? (sorry, I couldn't resist)

He has to be teeing it too high, and probably hitting off his back foot too. Also may have the ball to far forward in the stance.
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Ball posistion and tee it a little lower. If i move the ball an inch back it makes a huge difference in my trajectory. Just go to the range and find out what work best. Youll figure it out quickly by making these changes.
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