rosskoss, on Nov 7 2007, 02:15 PM, said:
Ascending doesn't make any sense to me. Your clubhead stops accelerating after the low point of the swing arc.
I would say ever so slightly descending (mostly level) strike would give you the best result. Trying to help it up in the air by aiming upwards doesn't work as well as smashing into the ball with maximum speed. Basically similar to a 3 wood. You try to promote a level or very slightly descending strike.
if your clubhead stops accelerating after the low point of the arc, then your flipping, or atleast definetly not releasing the club as efficiently as possible. I would say that my driver doesn't stop accelerating untill atleast 12" after impact.
when you hit the ball with an ascending blow, your not "helping the ball up". that term is a negative one, used to tell us why we are topping our 3 woods and chunking our irons. its also used to describe flippers, also known as people who's swings stop accelerating after the low point of the arc.
(sorry, had to)
thinking about hitting "up" on a driver is the same as thinking about hitting "down" on an iron, its not the correct way to go about things. however, just like impact with an iron should be just barley before the bottom of the arc, say 2" before, and impact with a wood should be even closer to the bottom, maybe 1/2", impact with a driver should be barely past the bottom, maybe 1-2". if you do the math, that would put your ball position with driver 3-4" forward of the average iron placement.
in just that 3-4" your going from a "downward" blow to an "ascending" blow, so its not nearly as dramatic a difference as the semantics imply.
bobby jones said that with his driver he prefered a different flight than with irons. he said it should be higher launching with a more arcing flight. he did this by moving the ball forward in his stance. funny that someone so long ago understaould things as well, if not better, than we do now.
Edited by thenewbie, 07 November 2007 - 03:11 PM.