In fact, it was this combination of power and feel that enabled Dustin Johnson to win the U.S. Open this summer and shed the moniker of best player never to win a major. With August being National Golf Month, we caught up with Drew Anderson, head golf professional at the Hermitage Golf Club to take us from tee to green.
What’s to follow will help you shave some of those strokes off your game.
1. Increase your spine tilt and change your attack angle to gain distance.
Increase the secondary spine angle you have at address. This should have you tilting your upper body away from the target. (Notice the picture below and see how the golfer’s right shoulder is slightly lower than the left shoulder.)
Then, change your attack angle at impact. Attack angle is, simply stated, the vertical movement of the club at impact. A golfer who swings the club at 90 mph and has an attack angle of +5, swinging up on the ball, will hit the ball 24 yards longer than someone with the same clubhead speed but a -5 degrees attack angle, hitting down on the ball. (See chart below.)
2. Higher-controlled pitch shots = less forward shaft lean and more dynamic loft.
Avoid too much forward shaft lean through impact. The more forward shaft lean, the less dynamic loft you are able to produce, resulting in lower ball flight and a higher chance of digging interaction with the turf. Create extension at impact. The feeling of extending or unhinging the lead wrist through impact will lead to a more dynamic loft at impact resulting in a higher launch condition.
3. The key to good putting is in the clubface.
The next time you get on your local practice putting green, place two tees the width of your putter head about six feet away from the hole on a straight line putt. This drill will act as a means to have you focus on both club head path but, more importantly, clubface angle at impact. SAM Putting Lab states that face angle at impact accounts for roughly 85 percent of initial ball direction. Correct your face angle at impact to your intended target line and you’re bound to start making more putts the next time you hit the course!