Popping Up Drives

By John Webster

Popping Up Drives

Hello, my name is John Webster, Master Instructor for Jim McLean and the Doral Resort and Spa. Many of our students that we see here day-in and day-out have trouble driving the golf ball. One thing that is very common is that our students tend to get a little bit out in front of the ball and hit down on the driver, which creates that little mark or ding on the top of the club. This pops up the ball very high and does not give you any power. On thing that we do like to see in a strong driving move is when you set up, keep your upper body, especially your head and the center of your body, well behind the golf ball. Then take the club and place it six inches to 12 inches behind the ball. From here this should help you to get an ascending blow or at least help you to sweep up on the ball, versus coming down and getting underneath it.

Category: Tee Shots
Sub-Category: Downswing, Distance
About the Instructor
John Webster
John Webster
The Breakers
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
888-273-2537

A PGA member since 1995 and PGA Class-A Teaching Professional, John Webster has instructed all skill levels, from beginners to PGA Tour professionals with notable students such as Cal Ripken, Tom Kite, Candy Hannemann and Kyle Boller and continues to offer corporate clinics with such players as Hal Sutton and Gary Player. John spent eight years teaching at the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami and currently is Director of Golf Instruction at The Breakers Golf Academy in Palm Beach, Fla.


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