Launching for Distance

Recently, my golf ball is travelling 20 yards further off the tee.  It only started two weeks ago and I am extremely grateful for the extra distance.  Every reader will agree that being 20 yards closer on an approach shot is a gift from heaven.  To accomplish this wonderful feat, I only changed one thing in my swing – the launch angle of my ball!  Yup, that is it.  Nope, nothing more complicated than that.

In an earlier post, I brushed over launch angle by discussion how high to tee my ball.  But this is not the case this time.  All I did was drop my right shoulder!  I dropped my right shoulder and continued to swing the same way.  The result was to catch the ball on the up side of my swing that results in 20 yards further….I am gob-smacked to say the least.

Stephen Salzberg at Forbes discusses launch angle and the optimum for the driver; Brent Kelly at About.com defines launch angle very well, Leaderboard.com also defines launch angle, but is slightly different, and Golf AcademyOne explains Golf Science and its relation to distance; all these articles are a great read if you want to see how a simple change can make a monstrous difference.

The video below is great to explain about launch angles and how they vary depending on swing speed, set up, etc.  It was very helpful when I made my adjustment.

Hitting the ball further has really helped me enjoy the game of golf more….I wonder what else I can fix.  I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!

3 thoughts on “Launching for Distance

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