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"Optimize Your Driver Launch Angle and Bomb Your Drives with the Rotary Golf Swing!"
Driver Launch Angle - What is it?
When it comes to the science of longer drives, few things have as dramatic an impact on overall distance as launch angle. Simply put, the launch angle (LA) is the angle at which the ball sets flight in relation to the ground or level surface. It is NOT simply the loft angle stamped on the bottom of your clubface! While loft has the biggest impact on LA, Angle of Attack (AoA), the shaft and head design and weighting are also determinants in LA.
What is the Optimum Launch Angle?
This is a great question with no one answer. However, some generalizations can be made. If your swing speed is between 85 mph and 105 mph, you need to launch the ball as HIGH AS POSSIBLE! That's a broad statement, but it covers most golfers. Until you get to the 110 mph and above range, you need to focus on launching the ball as high as possible with the optimum spin rate. As you have likely seen in some of my recent posts in the forum on driver fitting, with 105 mph of clubhead speed, you are looking for about 14.5 degrees of launch with around 2,700 to 2,800 rpms of backspin. This modest clubhead speed is good for 275 yards of carry and 24 yards of roll on a PGA Tour cut fairway - in other words, a 300 yard drive! When you realize that you don't need 120 mph of clubhead speed to hit the ball 300 yards, you begin to realize how important it is to optimize your swing, setup and equipment to acheive the proper numbers.
Rotary Golf Swing Setup Changes
The first thing I discuss in this video are the setup changes that need to be made for maximum driver distance and clubhead speed. From ball position, to axis tilt to tee height, it's all covered in this golf instruction video. It is absolutely critical you learn the proper setup and reasons why in order to start hitting the longest drives of your life! Once you have made the proper setup and swing changes, it's time to talk equipment. Even the best swing in the world can't achieve maximum distance without the proper head and shaft combination. If you would like to learn more about Rotary Swing Driver Fittings, click here. Enough talk, let's watch the video!
Note the 20+ degrees of axis tilt at impact. This position allows me to catch the ball on the upswing to achieve the optimum launch angle for maximum distance with the driver.
There are a lot of factors to take into account when it comes to hitting 300+ yard drives, and launch angle is one of the most critical. However, if you don't have the club head speed, you'll never achieve a high enough ball speed so launch angle will not get all you the way there. So, we need to put things in their proper priority.
First, you need the POTENTIAL for high ball speeds of at least 160+ mph to have any hope of hitting a golf ball 300 yards on an even remotely consistent basis. So, our number one priority is of course, club head speed. How do we get more club head speed? Well, again, it comes down to potential energy. Your primary source of potential energy in the golf swing is LAG. Lag is leverage at your wrist joint that makes up about 2/3 of your overall clubhead speed, so ya, it's important!
How do we get more lag? You're in luck, we have an entire video series devoted to it, but for now, start here with this great lag video:
Once you have watched this lag video, check out this video to help you build lag in your golf swing. Once you've increased your club head speed at least into the triple digits, you can start to focus on ball speed.
At the end of the day, no matter how fast you swing the golf club, if you don't hit it solid and you don't hit it on the right part of the club face, it's not going to go very far. So, let's check out more on how to maximize ball speed with the driver.
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