Hitting Driver Low on Face

Hitting the driver low on the face can have a significant impact on your golf shots, as it can cause a decrease in both distance and accuracy. When you strike the ball low on the clubface, you don’t utilize the sweet spot, which is the optimal contact point for maximum energy transfer.

Here are a few reasons why hitting the driver low on the face is problematic and what you can do to address it:

  1. Loss of distance: When you hit the ball low on the face, you don’t get as much ball speed, which means the ball won’t travel as far as it would if you hit it higher on the face. This can be especially problematic if you’re already struggling with distance off the tee.
  2. Lack of trajectory: When you hit the driver low on the face, the ball tends to come off the clubface with a lower trajectory. This can result in the ball rolling more when it lands, which can make it difficult to control your shots and hit your target.
  3. Decreased accuracy: When you hit the ball low on the face, you’re more likely to hit a shot that slices or hooks. This is because hitting the ball low on the face can cause the clubface to twist, which alters the direction of the shot.

To address the problem of hitting the driver low on the face, you can try the following tips:

  1. Adjust your tee height: If you’re consistently hitting the driver low on the face, it may be because your tee height is too low. Try raising the ball on the tee by a quarter to half an inch and see if that makes a difference in your ball flight.
  2. Work on your setup: Your setup can have a big impact on your ability to hit the driver consistently. Make sure your stance is wide enough and your weight is evenly distributed. You should also check your ball position to make sure it’s lined up with the sweet spot of your driver.
  3. Practice your swing: One of the most effective ways to improve your driver contact is to practice your swing. Focus on keeping your head still, maintaining good balance, and making a smooth, sweeping motion through the ball. You can also work on strengthening your core muscles to help you generate more power and speed.
  4. Check your clubface angle: Another reason why you may be hitting the driver low on the face is because the clubface is closed. This means that the leading edge of the clubface is pointing towards the left of your target (for right-handed golfers). To fix this issue, make sure to check your clubface angle at address and adjust it if necessary.
  5. Experiment with different drivers: Not all drivers are created equal, and some may be better suited to your swing than others. If you’re consistently hitting the driver low on the face despite making adjustments to your swing, it may be worth experimenting with different drivers to find one that works better for you.
  6. Practice with impact tape: Using impact tape on the clubface can give you a better idea of where you’re making contact with the ball. This can be especially helpful if you’re struggling with hitting the driver low on the face. By analyzing the pattern of the impact tape, you can adjust your swing and make sure you’re hitting the sweet spot more consistently.
  7. Focus on your mental game: Hitting the driver low on the face can be frustrating and can affect your confidence on the course. To combat this, make sure to focus on your mental game and stay positive. Visualize hitting the ball high and far, and don’t let a few bad shots affect your overall mindset.


Driver launch angle and spin rate based on impact location on clubface

Impact LocationLaunch Angle (degrees)Spin Rate (rpm)Distance (yards)Shot Shape
Low heel9.52300245Draw
Low toe12.22800254Fade
Middle heel11.72500261Straight
Middle toe13.53000269Fade
High heel14.23200277Fade
High toe12.82700283Draw
Very low heel5.62000230Low slice
Very low toe8.32500236Low fade
Very high heel20.53500290High draw
Very high toe18.73200286High fade

Clubface angle and swing path based on impact location on clubface

Impact LocationClubface Angle (degrees)Swing Path (degrees)Ball FlightDistance (yards)
Low heel3-2Draw240
Low toe-11Fade248
Middle heel0-1Straight256
Middle toe22Fade264
High heel1-4Fade272
High toe-23Draw280
Very low heel6-10Low slice220
Very low toe3-8Low fade226
Very high heel-48High draw286
Very high toe-16High fade282

 Clubhead speed and ball speed based on impact location on clubface

Impact LocationClubhead Speed (mph)Ball Speed (mph)Smash FactorDistance (yards)
Low heel1061481.39245
Low toe1071501.41254
Middle heel1071521.42261
Middle toe1081541.43269
High heel1091561.43277

Shot shape and trajectory based on impact location on clubface

Impact LocationShot ShapeTrajectoryDistance (yards)Spin Rate (rpm)
Low heelDrawLow2452300
Low toeFadeLow2542800
Middle heelStraightMid2612500
Middle toeFadeMid2693000
High heelFadeHigh2773200
High toeDrawHigh2832700
Very low heelLow sliceVery low2302000
Very low toeLow fadeVery low2362500
Very high heelHigh drawVery high2903500
Very high toeHigh fadeVery high2863200

Distance and accuracy based on impact location on clubface

Impact LocationDistance (yards)Accuracy (yards from target)Shot ShapeSpin Rate (rpm)
Low heel2455Draw2300
Low toe2547Fade2800
Middle heel2613Straight2500
Middle toe2698Fade3000
High heel2779Fade3200
High toe2836Draw2700
Very low heel23012Low slice2000
Very low toe23610Low fade2500
Very high heel2904High draw3500
Very high toe2866High fade3200


Overall, hitting the driver low on the face can be a frustrating problem for golfers of all skill levels. However, with some practice and attention to your setup and swing, you can start hitting the ball higher and farther off the tee.


  • Ray Barnes

    Ray Barnes, our Senior Staff Writer and a Golf Analyst with a PhD in Sports Analytics, is a beacon of insight in the golfing world. With a deep understanding of the sport's nuances, statistical analysis, and a talent for demystifying complexities, he provides in-depth analysis and captivating narratives that engage golf enthusiasts worldwide.

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