Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Question from Tour Striker Paul

"Hi Martin,
Thanks for the video. It was helpful. I need to execute better. The weather warmed up to the low 20's so I was able to get to the range to try out the TS.
I was not able to get the height of an 8-iron, however, I was able to hit more of a line drive that got in the air and went about 140 yards or so. Only once did I "flip" one that ran along the ground like rabbit. If I am supposed to get 8-iron height, then I was probably smothering it with a hooded club face and my over the top down move. How high is the ball supposed to go when using the TS?

Thanks again!

Paul, that's a great question, thanks for your feedback.

When a golf ball is hit, the impact, which lasts less than a millisecond, determines the ball’s launch angle and spin rate, all of which influence its trajectory and its behavior when it hits the ground. A ball moving through air experiences two major aerodynamic forces; lift and drag. Backspin helps lift by deforming the airflow around the ball, in a similar manner to an airplane wing. This is called the Magnus effect.

Backspin is imparted in almost every shot due to the golf club's loft (i.e. angle between the club face and a vertical plane). A back-spinning ball experiences an upward lift force which makes it fly higher and longer than a ball without spin. (Wikipedia)

It sounds to me, that your angle of attack is not "downward" enough to create the desired amount of backspin, thus you have a flat ball flight.

By working to get the leading edge of the Tour Striker closer to the ground, you will be hitting the ball with backspin which will give you more lift.

Remember, never try and elevate the ball. The club will do the work if you apply it correctly.



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