Quarter Drill for Distance
Drills are activities golfers do to sharpen their shotmaking skills while also making practice time more enjoyable. Drills help you address specific swing flaws, build a more consistent swing and even improve your on-course strategy.
- Center Contact – How well you hit the ball on the center of the clubface
- Launch Angle – Ideally is around 14 degrees.
- Clubhead Speed – The faster you can swing your club the more distance you will generate.
Number One is the Key to distance, consistency and accuracy
With this Drill, Eric Jones shows you how important it is to be hitting the ball with center contact, otherwise known as the “sweet spot” of the club face.
Finding the Clubface “Sweet Spot”
Before attempting your tee shot, find the “sweet spot” on your driver – the place on the clubhead that will result in maximum distance on your drive when striking the ball. The sweet spot is fairly easy to find; it is just above the center of the clubface. To be more precise draw a small circle on the golf ball with an erasable marker. Use a quarter to trace a circle on the club face in what appears to be the center. Tee up the ball with the circle pointing straight back (at the six o’clock position) at the clubface at point of address. After hitting a drive, check the clubface to see if the mark left by the ball is in the center of the circle traced from the quarter on the clubface.
Being off as little as a quarter of an inch from the “sweet spot” on the club face can have drastic affects on where the ball eventually ends up.
Independent test results consistently provide the following information: Missing the middle of the club head at impact (also known as the sweet spot) by one fourth (1/4″) of an inch in any direction reduces the distance the ball will travel by ten percent.
Missing the middle of the club at impact by one half (1/2″) an inch in any direction, reduces the distance the ball will travel by twenty percent.