Hitting Up on the Driver

I often conduct this demonstration for my Three Day Golf students where I hit back to back shots and attempt to illustrate the value of hitting up on the driver and what it could mean to their tee shots. For good measure I also throw in a little fade versus draw at the same time. 

My intent is to maintain a similar club speed from one swing to the next and if possible strike the ball in a similar location on the club face. As you'll see this was an occasion where I managed to get pretty close...


This TrackMan screenshot illustrates the first shot where the idea was to hit down and across the target line, imparting a low launching and fading ball flight...

The First Shot

The First Shot

This TrackMan screenshot illustrates the follow-up shot where the plan was to deliver the club head to the ball with it traveling up and outward, imparting a higher launch and gentle draw to the ball flight...

The Second Shot

The Second Shot

Let's take a deeper look to see what some of the important differences are between these two interesting shots:

  1. Attack Angle - The 9.1º difference is the primary reason why the second shot traveled significantly further than the initial attempt. This was achieved with a change in tee height, address position and intent.
  2. Club Path - The almost 14º difference here will generally lead to a huge change in ball flight curvature. My findings have shown that when it comes to shot shape the club path plays a primary role.
  3. Launch Angle - The old adage of 'hit down to make the ball go up' takes a beating here as the shot hit with an ascending strike launches significantly higher.
  4. Club Speed - Nothing much to see here other than to verify that the club head for each shot is traveling at virtually identical speeds.
  5. Ball Speed - Another interesting nugget here is that while the carry and total distances are significantly different there is very little difference in the ball speed from shot to shot.
  6. Carry - Wow! That's amazing isn't it? While impact location for the second shot was slightly higher on the face (and a hint more toward the toe) which might lend to slightly longer carry distance the direction the club head was traveling (up and out) is the primary difference maker here.
  7. Total - As you might imagine the increase in total distance follows suit along with the increase in carry distance.

I know we could all benefit from a gain in almost 30 yards off the tee. And keep in mind that's at the same speed and with the same club! No need to hit the gym or shop for a new driver. This video gives some insight into what's required to affect the changes you've seen in this demonstration...

Thanks for reading/watching. If you need hands-on help with your game I'd love to host you in Savannah at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort for either a lesson or a Three Day Golf School. Email terri(at)andrewricegolf.com for details.

2015 Three Day Golf Schools at Berkeley Hall

This is the year! You've promised yourself you're going to do something about your golf game and you know that in order to upgrade the outcome you must upgrade the input. I invite you to come and spend three days with me in the South Carolina Lowcountry and let me help you understand exactly what your game needs in order to better enjoy your time out on the golf course. In my schools the favorable 4:1 student to teacher ratio allows you to receive the personal attention you need to become the golfer you know you're capable of being. Contact me today to learn about what I can do to help you become a better golfer...

Here's what a Three Day Golf School at Berkeley Hall Includes:

  • Over 20 hours of instruction coached entirely by Andrew 
  • Daily on-course situational learning with Andrew
  • The use of cutting edge teaching technology from TrackMan and SwingCatalyst
  • A personalized practice project for each student
  • Daily V1 summary videos
  • Andrew Rice Golf Gift Package
  • Lunch And non-alcoholic beverages each day at Berkeley Hall
  • Complimentary follow up via email, Skype or telephone

Golf School Itinerary:

Berkeley Hall North #11

Thursday (Day One) - Where Are You Going and How to Get There

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am Meet and Greet at the Berkeley Hall Learning Center

  • 9:00 - 12:00 pm  Warm Up and 'Interview' followed by Initial Video, TrackMan and SwingCatalyst Force Plate analysis. Group Discussion And Demonstration - The Importance of a Sound Impact position.

  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch in the Berkeley Hall Tap Room  
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm  Custom Drill Station and Movement Pattern Development. The Driver - Understanding Distance, Club path and Gear Effect
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Taking It To The Course: On-Course Scramble with Andrew - Applying What You've Learned

On Day One the road map to improvement will have been plotted. With the aid of high speed video, TrackMan and SwingCatalyst you will have a much clearer vision as to what it's going to take for you to reach your goals. Each student will receive a summary video.

Friday (Day Two) - You've Got to Work 

  • 9:00 - 10:00 am  Warming Up Properly with Head TPI Trainer, Derek Lemire at the Learning Center 
  • 10:00 - 12:00 pm Drills and Continuation Of Day One Movement Pattern Development 
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch in the Berkeley Hall Tap Room  
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm The Science Behind Superb Wedge Play. Group Discussion And Demonstration: Bunker Play, Pitching and Chipping
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm Taking It To The Course: On-Course Scramble with Andrew - Applying Heat to What You've Learned. 

On Day Two you will start to take ownership of the recommended technical changes. While the body might be aching, your mind should be crystal clear as you start to see the road map to improvement that has been mapped out before you. Each student will receive a summary video.

Saturday (Day Three) - Bring it Home

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am  A Proper Warm Up session at the Learning Center - also Q & A
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am Putting: Green Reading, Capture Speed, Drills and Pre-Shot Routine
  • 10:30 – 12:00 pm Continuation of Custom Development Strategy. Group Discussion and Demonstration: Uneven Terrain, Hybrids, Fairway Woods and Long Approach Shots
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Berkeley Hall Tap Room 
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm Final Video Session with Summary. Each player receives their Personalized Practice Project
  •  3:00 - 5:00 pm Taking It To The Course: On-Course Scramble with Andrew. 

On Day Three ownership of the positive changes is well underway. You'll be armed with the necessary tools to help you journey to your golf potential. Each student will receive a summary video and follow up email outlining their personal Practice Project.

For questions please contact me via email at andrew@andrewricegolf.com or call at (843)247-4688

Tuition: $1750 per person

($900 Deposit due at time of booking. Payment of deposit indicates you have read and agree with the cancellation policy)

Tuition and Accommodation at Berkeley Hall Cottages:

Berkeley Hall Cottages

Berkeley Hall Cottages

High season - $2,150 (pp double sharing for 3 nights), $2,350 (single for 3 nights)

(Additional nights available for $195 plus taxes)

Low season - $2,050 (pp double sharing for 3 nights), $2,250 (single for 3 nights)

(Additional nights available for $145 plus taxes)

Low Season: May 1 to Sept 30 and Dec 1 to Feb 28, High Season: Mar 1 to April 30 and Oct 1 to Nov 31

2015 Golf School Dates: 

  1. February            19-21
  2. March                19-21
  3. March                26-28
  4. April                  9-11*      (Masters School)
  5. April                  16-18*    (Heritage School)
  6. May                   7-9
  7. May                   14-16
  8. June                   18-20
  9. September        24-26
  10. October            22-24
  11. October            29-31

Each school is limited to four golfers unless specifically requested or indicated. Schools marked with an * will have additional experiences and costs.

Contact Andrew Rice at andrew@andrewricegolf.com for availability and further information. Please specify school number and/or dates that your interested in.

Berkeley Hall South #16

Berkeley Hall South #16

I look forward to sharing three enjoyable days of coaching, learning and camaraderie with you....