Brad: Hi this is Brad Ott director of instruction here at TPC Craig Ranch McKinney Texas.
I want to talk to you today about one of the more common faults I see whenever someone hits a driver.
It has nothing to do with the golf swing itself, it really has to do with the setup.
What I have here is I have two golf balls, one of them is a ball position for an iron, one of the them is a ball position for a driver.
I want to walk you through today what the difference is between the two whenever you're hitting a driver, so it will allow you to have a lot more consistent setup when it comes to irons and drivers.
Once I take my stance with an iron, what you'll find is that club stays on my midline, the ball is one ball ahead of center.
This is an ideal position as your hips are going to drift forward, you should be able to compress that golf ball when that ball is one ball ahead of center.
Now, if we take that same stance what you'll notice with a driver, the driver's up further.
Now I'll have my feet in the same position but it's going to be a small step forward.
This puts the ball well up on that left heel, right on the inside of that left heel.
What's the difference between these two? Here's the difference, this is what a lot of people miss when they're setting up between an iron and a driver.
When you set up to an iron, you have a slight bit of spinal tilt.
When you set up to a driver, you have more spinal tilt.
As you set up to a driver, there's more spinal tilt than you would with an iron.
Okay? Whenever you're setting up to a driver, next time you are out to practice, I want you to think about having a little more spinal tilt with the driver than you do the iron.
I think what you'll find is you'll be able to hit a lot more consistent shots with that driver once you get that spinal tilt and that ball position matched up.