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A golf club, no matter what the loft, NEVER needs help getting a ball airborne! See how even 3 degrees of launch angle is all you need to get the ball airborne and roaring down the fairway. The main key? Here is a hint: Never focus on the ball. Check out the video to learn how to hit the ball off the turf with the bigger clubs.

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Shawn Clement is the new Director of Development at the Royal Quebec Golf Academy in Quebec City, Canada and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee while Directing at the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre. He was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet in 2016 with 83 000 subscribers on YouTube and 36 millions natural views. Shawn has been writing for numerous publications since 2001 including Golf Tips Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. He also appeared of the Golf Channel’s Academy Live in July 2001 with Jerry Foltz and Mike Ritz. Shawn Clement has the distinction of being one of the only professionals fit by Ping’s Tour fitting centre where he was fitted with left and right handed clubs including 2 drivers with 115 plus miles per hour and 300 plus yard drives from both sides.

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  1. geohogan

    Sep 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    “Deflect the sole of the clubhead along the ground”.

    Now that is external focus. Well done Shawn.

  2. Frankie

    Sep 2, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Driver off the deck is a terrible shot selection now, you swing 10 MPH slower off the deck than the tee, which is actually slower than swinging your 3 wood, this is confirmed from GC Quad launch monitor results.

  3. iggy

    Aug 30, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Locked Forum – No further comments allowed. 😮

  4. BL

    Aug 30, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    The verbiage causes confusion. “Deflect” means to change direction. You don’t actually want the club to change direction when you make contact with the turf, correct?

    • mike

      Sep 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      I can hit off the mat… it’s when the ball is off the deck.

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