Tour players talk a lot about their “stock” drive, which should clue you into the fact that they have more than one swing type in their arsenal. Every player should have two basic options: a lower, penetrating fairway finder and another for which you prioritize launch angle and shot height to max out carry distance.
Despite the rocket science built into your driver, pounding it high or low depending on the situation is anything but.
Start by adjusting the tee height. To get more of a penetrating flight (a lot of roll), tee it lower so that only a quarter of the ball sits above the top of the clubface after you sole your driver. As you take your stance, make sure to line up the ball with the middle of your front hip.
This positions the ball at the low point of your swing, automatically fueling a more level swing through impact. To really make it work, think “low finish” instead of high as you move into your release.
For a big-time high-flier (good for when you have the wind at your back), tee the ball way up so that at least half of it sits above the crown. Play the ball off your front shoulder and, as you settle into your stance, tilt your upper body away from the target until the ball is actually outside your shoulder. This will encourage you to really hit up on the ball.
Think “high finish,” then watch that baby soar.
Jeff Smith is a GOLF Top 100 Teacher and is the director of instruction at Eagle Springs GC in Wolcott, Colo., and Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Fla