Play Your Best: Step by stepNovember 12, 2014

Making It Rain?

How to stop popping up your tee shots

Photograph by J.D. Cuban, taken at Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.

Photograph by J.D. Cuban, taken at Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.

If you're skying your drives and getting no roll, your angle of attack into the ball is too steep. That puts too much height and backspin on the shot. A telltale sign of this problem is when you have scuff marks on the top of your driver. Hitting down with your irons is good, but with the driver, you want to sweep it. Follow these steps to avoid the pop-up.

David Leadbetter