Set up for speed

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Your set up influences how energy is transferred to the ball. A good address creates the right attack angle and dynamic (impact) loft, optimising ball speed 

So how do you achieve it? Follow these eight steps to give yourself the best chance of creating more ball speed by simply correcting your set-up. 

Set Up For Speed

Your set up influences how energy is transferred to the ball. A good address creates the right attack angle and dynamic (impact) loft, optimising ball speed.

Chest Behind The Ball

Nudge the hips forward and your spine begins to lean away from the target. This gives you the feeling of setting your chest behind the ball – and that creates space and time to build speed coming into impact

set-up for speed

Shoulders Angled Up

That spine angle tilt promotes a uent upward sweep through the ball. This is how you nd the middle of the face – but it also keeps the club’s attack angle and impact face loft as close together as possible – a key to ef cient energy transfer.

More Support

That sharper angle in your trail leg creates a more robust support for the backswing, allowing you to coil deep into your trail hip with less risk of swaying. This delivers a much more torquey and powerful rotation, and one that translates into extra speed on the way down.

Hang Time

Find your bag towel and tie a knot in the end of it to give it some weight. Now take your regular posture, but without a club. Hold the towel against your trail shoulder and check where it falls.

Speed towel

Hip position focus

Stand to the ball, taking your driver posture and ball position, but without the driver itself. Widen your stance slightly to improve your balance with faster movement. Focus on your hips. In this natural position they sit inside the insteps of your feet.

Hip position

Make a ‘backward K’

To optimise impact efficiency, bunt your hips towards the target. Exaggerate the feel so your lead hip will feel like it sits slightly higher. Do not allow your head to move with the hips; it should retain its position, helping you keep your weight 50-50.

Gap check

Work on that upper-body tilt, making sure you bend from the hips and your spine remains extended. Then maintain it with the club itself as you take your address. Feel your hands are under your chin, and check there is a fist- shaped gap between your hands and thighs.

 gap check for position

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