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Tour Report: Tip from Travis: Driver exit angle

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Marc Leishman missed only two fairways in the final round at TPC River Highlands.

Carroll/Getty Images Marc Leishman missed only two fairways in the final round at TPC River Highlands.

How about Marc Leishman sneaking into the winner’s circle to win The Travelers Championship? It was a bizarre finish, as Charley Hoffman finished double bogey-bogey to lose by one.

Leishman is a player that many of you may not know a lot about, but he was the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 2009. It will be interesting to see what the big-hitting Aussie can do next. One of the things I like about Leishman’s swing is how his driver swing exits up around his lead shoulder. This exit plane is a great indicator that he is hitting his driver on a good attack angle.


One of the keys to the driver is to create an attack angle through impact that is relatively level to the ground. This sweeping motion off the tee allows players like Leishman to launch the ball with minimal spin. When this happens, you will often see the golf club exit — when viewed from the target line  — around the lead shoulder.

The most common error with the driver is to swing the club on too steep of an attack angle. This angle can create a lot of spin and rob players of power and consistency. When this happens, the club will usually exit more to the left and well below the lead shoulder. As a result, ball flight will usually be high and to the right.

If this is you, focus on allowing the club to exit higher and up around the lead shoulder. This exit plane will promote a more favorable attack angle, with the driver through impact leading to a more powerful and playable draw off the tee.

Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction at the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more information on the TOUR Academy, click here.

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