hey Danny Maude here thanks for joining us
this week I’ve got something really special for you I want to help you add 15 or 20
yards onto your driver how many times have you heard that before this is a
common request for me when someone comes for a golf lesson with me and this week
was no different I had David come and see me regular member here at Canterbury
golf club has been a member for a long time we’ve added a few extra yards to some
of our holes and some of the carries now are getting quite long and he was
struggling a little bit so he wanted to basically add some extra yards to his game but
I don’t have time to lose the gym like I see all these tour players doing and adding speed etc is there anything else I can do well of course there is so most
golfers out there they’re just making some very simple inefficient moves that
are requiring them to make lots of effort and not get a lot of reward where
if you can just get rid of those tiny little idiosyncrasies in their swing you
can basically add an extra few yards quite comfortably effortlessly and
that is what we’re going to cover in this week’s golf lesson before we do though
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notified every time I release a video just like this one so David comes and
sees me he needs more club head speed so the question is how do we do this but
more importantly how do you add speed and maintain the accuracy well let’s
start with the very very first thing I released a video about a year ago its had well
over a million views which I will put in this top right hand corner called the
catapult and and really if you want to generate more club head spin add an
extra figure to your game you need to get this club literally catapulting
through like this now watch this this club then acts as a lever we need speed
you’ve got one end here one end starts to slow the other end speeds up
and that is basically how you generate lots and lots of speed
now what was David doing and what do I see a lot of players doing they don’t
generate the catapult for speed what they do is is they get both ends working
at a similar speed so what they’re doing is that almost like this yep so
no speed there’s no energy going into the club side or the club head side so
to say so they do generate the effortless power that he could generate
and if you’re the same then I want to help you now generate this catapult
effect see generate power but also maintaining the accuracy too so we now
understand look you have to get this Club look from here catapulting like
this that’s where the speeds going to come from so the question is what factors
create the catapult let’s start with a very very first one okay I’m not going
to go into setup in this week’s golf lesson on the driver I’m assuming you’ve got
setup if you’re on an unsure exactly how to set up with driver not a problem I’ll
put a video look in this top round corner which will go through all the
details of setup I’ve also got a free driver series that covers a lot of these
basics in I’ll put that in the link in the description below too but let’s get
into some real basics here so when you get yourself set up if you want to get this
club catapulting look at this this end here needs to slow while the other end
starts to speed up and the way we do this is we cannot have the body moving
side to side so we’ve got to work out how do we generate this speed well
you’ve got to get a turn going now you can’t turn like this which I see a lot
of people doing because that’s a side-to-side motion so if it’s not a
turn what is it it’s a spiral instead watch this the body instead the way it
turns it spirals up because what we want to try to do look is try to keep three
balance points in play I want to imagine a dot on the floor your first balance
point the second balance point is your navel and the third at the top of your
sternum and what you try to do to keep this nice and simple and in line like
this what we’re gonna do is we’re going to pivot this way now look at this I’ve
kept them pretty much in line there and I’ve managed to do that by spiraling
upwards if I’ve just turned I’ve got one over here and one over here they’re not
in line now they’re in line fantastic so I’m winding them back as I come back
down now watch this they’re now in line again with a driver there should be
slightly off off line because we were upon though on the ball with an iron they
want to be completely in line okay but we’re now spiraling back down and then
we’re spiraling back up a great image for this is often I’ve often uses like a
cork coming out of a wine bottle the back seems like the cork coming out and
then the downs without the cock going in so let’s go through this in a bit more
detail so we’re getting ourselves set what you do from the ground upwards
you’re going to start to spiral from the big toe of your lead foot here my left
foot I’m going to spiral up here and then watch this I’m gonna push the cork
back in the bottle starting with the big toe of my lead foot pushing back down
that spirals me back down look back into impact here and then I’m going to spiral
back up into position here right now clearly you can’t think of all this
stuff when you’re playing so it’s just a feeling stuff that you can do indoors
okay get a sensation of this you don’t have to use a golf ball just get the
feeling of the body how the body works it’s very important the body stays in
this line because what this does that as you start to speed this up can you see
what’s going to happen to the club now it gets catapulted because my body as it
spirals down and then back was this way as this goes this way what happens this
it gets thrown that way that is where the speed happens but if I’m not
actually spiraling instead I’m moving side to side where’s the speed gone it’s
completely gone isn’t it so you don’t generate the effortless power that we
need so step number one is learn to get the body functioning correctly in a
spiral style type fashion here backwards and forwards starting with the lead foot
spiraling up starting the downswing with the lead foot spiraling back down and
just getting that feeling of staying completely in line all the way through
now let’s work on now step number two so you’ve now got the idea of the spiraling
up and spiraling down now what you’re going to do is you’re going to take
control over this club because I mean don’t want just the catapult in terms of
speed but we also want the accuracy now watch this you see a lot of people they
may get wonderful spiral here but then what happens is is again
linked to the spiral they shouldn’t on the allow the club to drop here that
gets we’re at a position now now some of the ways they handle the handles over
here we can’t really catapult will end it just flicking with the wrists or vice
versa we get to spiral up here and rather than in a sense people allowing
the club to come in and catapult what they do is is they hit from the top now
look the handle and the golf club are basically coming in at the same time again
brute force no speed so what I want you to do is two things here believe you two
drills the first one you need to get the feel of this lever working so I love
this get the split hand drill get a couple of inches between your left and
your right hand here and what you do is now you’ve got the sense of this
spiraling up as bowing down what you do you swing back here and now watch as I’m
coming down as I’m spiraling back down I’m leading with my lead foot coming
back down I’m gonna practice now look at this letting the club release now look
at this I get the handle to my body and the head goes out here it’s the head to
the ball and the handle to the body head to the ball handle to the body if the
split hand feels weird and doesn’t work for you can join the house together it’s
not a problem it’s just I think it helped to feel both sides of the club
the leg left hands at the bottom right hands a bit split hand you can really
feel the lever working effectively you don’t have to do it but it really helps
and all you’re doing this situation is this when you spiral as opposed to
driving forward with a handle here no catapult or heaving from the top what
you’re gonna practice is getting the handle to the body and the head out to
the ball and learn the feeling you’d have to do any speed at this stage just
learn the feeling of how the head and the handle work to help you get this
catapult for you so a swinging back here and then we’re swinging through that’s
really nice and it’s so so straight a lot of the inaccuracies the hooks and
the slices a cause the hookers get stuck in here and then have to flip violently
so it’s a very last minute release the slices there’s no lever at aalihi from
the top bit cut across the gland and golf ball so this is a simple drill to
really help you get the sense of this lever working some people will say Danny
isn’t that casting casting it’s definitely not casting is this looking
from here what we’re doing is we’re simply returning that head to where it
came from it started here we want to get it back to there so the handle returns
there and the head is out there now once you’ve done those two things we then go
right okay great we’ve learnt a spiral we’ve got to learn
how the cops persley working now what we’re going to do is this how do we then
join these all together to generate some serious speed
well you don’t initially you go to the range you get a feel of these motions
and then you work on speed speed is this you know got a sensation of what’s going
on what I want to do now is this watch this look at my left knee here I’m gonna
now watch this this is the part of the spiral as my body kind of works almost
like a couple of Pistons here what is this body’s like if it goes up down and
as my body goes this way the club goes this way that’s the shape of the swing
so watch this as I from here as I’m turning now as I stand up the club gets
extended and releases look at this this is basically adding the extra power to
the game now it’s what I’m doing here I’m not standing up here that would be
what we call early extension and a loss of power as I spiraled enough to rotated
my knee still flex but watch as I then stand a little bit here I get the club
when it starts to get thrown through the shot one two I’m throwing it through
what I’m not doing is driving forward I’m not stuck in here I literally look
throwing it through now what I do with this initially I start with some small
little half swings and get the sensation listen I’m really it’s all driven in
this lead leg my left leg here I’m coming through
I’m turning and then I’m firing and I’m literally catapult in that club through
the impact area back here turn get our sensation and catapult in that club
through the impact area so let’s summarize how do you generate
power you have to learn how to use this catapult effect in the driver I’ve got
it like said video in the top right hand corner I’ll show you in detail how to
what the details of the catapult but ultimately Louie done three things in
order to get this club catapulting you can’t move side-to-side but you need to
get some power don’t you just need to turn you don’t turn from side to side
either so how do you do it well the body has to spiral upwards like a corkscrew
out of a bottle you start from the lead foot you spiral up you start on the lead
down you spiral down and then back up again here sometimes you just gotta take
time that one drill alone getting those dots lined up those three that’s one two
three getting those dots lined up practicing this over over again will
massively improve your balance and suddenly because the body’s spiraling
you get this slinging effect of the golf club as opposed to the driving effect
where you lose a lot of power and accuracy the second thing was we said
look you’ve got to then learn what you’ve got to learn how the body works
you’re gonna learn how this club works this club has to have some stage work
back out in front of you otherwise you don’t get the catapult and you don’t get
the accuracy for those of you who hook you might get a great backswing here but
then what happens the club is allowed to fall behind you causing a flick of the
wrist or no catapult and a massive loss of accuracy for the slices they get here
they don’t catapult they move over over the top here again cutting across the
golf ball so we’ve said yes look split hand grip leave a gap between the two
swing back here and allow the club the feeling of the club where the handle
goes to the body and the head goes out to the ball that slinging effect will
really feel like you’re getting centrifugal force going this way through
the impact area and the third and final thing was then start to add in the speed
with this once you feel more comfortable this first two which is then using that
lead leg here as you’ve rotate you could have some rotation for impact at this
stage and then what you’re doing is as that extends and your body goes
backwards it throws even more power to the
in the club adding that centrifugal force and therefore adding the power my
personal favorite is a split hand really helps to get for me I sometimes getting
here helps me to get the club out there so love these drills really helps get
some serious power into the shots so really hope you enjoy this training if
you did don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and if you think you could benefit
from some of your friends could benefit from extra yards
don’t keep it to yourself make sure you share it with them so if you enjoy the
training and you’d like to receive more why not download my free driver cost
I’ll put it in the link in the description below
just take it any questions and you want some more help with your driving just
leave them in the comments box below but until this week have a great golfing


  1. Lee Pipes says:

    Hi danny. Can I use this catapult method on irons too? Thanks

  2. Haydn Howard says:

    Another great Driver video Danny. Also a great way to improve your sequencing and get more club head speed is by using a fantastic training aid called Swing Speed Golf! Check it out 👍

  3. rayh72 says:

    Excellent Danny, thank you. Just waiting for the rain to stop and I am out!

  4. David Pollard says:

    Another great video. Its really complimenting what I am working on with my coach and the video is really practical and helping to reinforce what I am trying to achieve. You must be a mind reader as your videos always seem to be so relevant to what I am struggling with, or, working on.

  5. Mike Barnard says:

    Top notch tuition.
    I so need this " free" speed. Only occasionally do I feel the whip through and the proper sound.
    Hands to the body and clubhead to the ball… Gold.

  6. Christer Plånborg says:

    Great tips as per usual. Me and the Marie is heading for the range- NOW. 30-45 Maud session – then 18 holes. 👍

  7. Jacob Haraldsson says:

    Excellent driver advice – very impressive stuff – thanks a lot..!!!

  8. James Lewis says:

    Your the best you tube pro ever your the man come up to Glasgow I would love a game with you at crow wood golf club my course

  9. Roger Trottier says:

    Hey Danny.. great video..I'm still struggling To break 100..wish you could have incorporated in the video the trail elbow positions..so disappointed starting to hate this game

  10. charlie arnold says:

    Danny, a great lesson with the driver. I will be trying the catapult method.

  11. Oreste Chiavi says:

    Hi Danny,
    As usual, again another great video with a few but very CLEAR and SIMPLE tips on how to hit the driver!!!
    GREAT…keep going!!!
    For me, the best golf channel on YT!!!

  12. REGINALD WEEKX says:

    Thanks again Danny, helped me a lot ! (Why didn’t my teacher told me all this 🤨)

  13. Antonakis Demetriou says:

    Danny this by far the video of the lot,simple step by step advice that even an idiot will understand.
    God bless you mate I'm your number one fan

  14. Nic Ted says:

    I can't believe that someone has given you a thumbs down anther really good video Danny. I just want to add Danny I'm now hitting my driver on average 265 to 270 yards thanks.

  15. Chad macjack says:

    Once again great stuff Danny! Thank you 🙏

  16. David Gittins says:

    Off a 4 handicapper your tuition is always simple and clear, and it works, thanks Danny

  17. Robert Halle says:

    This lesson supports what my golf instructor has been trying to get me to do for some time: "Trust your swing" and"Let it go"!
    Thanks Danny, very much enjoy the videos.

  18. steve dickson says:

    A great addition to all your previous Driver videos. Thank you for posting them. I re-visit them often. I’ve mentioned before how much they’ve helped me out. Always look forward to you’re posts. So well explained and enjoyable to watch.

  19. Ken Kraetzer says:

    Will look forward to trying this out, driver one of my more consistent shots, us a 10 year old 10.5 Tommy Armour driver with a big sweet spot. Need to work on draw. Enjoying your series, watch one on weekly trips to range. Ken, White White Plains, NY

  20. Woo Kim says:

    you make it look and sound so easy…great video

  21. Rick Postma says:

    Those 5 thumbs down will probably be teaching pro‘s that envy your kind of teaching. But, i do have a question: what happens after the „release“. This „releasepoint“ still is a part of the spiral and should not be the end of the arc. So what should my hands do after hitting the ball? I still am „flicking“ after hitting the ball.

  22. Bill Reynolds says:

    Another great video, thanks

  23. Michael Martino says:

    I don't know how the driver could be made simpler. You are a great instructor!
    Thanks for another great lesson!👍

  24. Bill Switzer says:

    Hey Danny, Read in one of your comments that you thought this video may be a little too long. Don't ever believe that! You explain everything thoroughly, and take the most important extra time to review what you have just explained. Your brilliant explanation is actually in laymen's terms for us that are somewhat golf-challenged. Please don't fix what ain't broke! Cheers, Danny!

  25. D White says:

    Great video. I follow you every day. I use a Jimmy Ballard, "connected" swing. Therefore, I don't use a turn, and coil straight back and through, firing the right side. When I do this correctly I hit my shots dead straight, and get fair distance, and it is great for my back. However, I do feel that I'm leading, and pulling the club through to the finish. Please give me a hint on using the catapult method with this type of swing. I know it makes sense and could add some distance, Thanks again,, for a great job.

  26. ForeverCello says:

    Danny, love your golf instruction! Quick question: I am anxious to try this instruction out. I have definitely be guilty of on the downswing bringing the club on a more inside out path and trying to flatten the golf club. However, it looks like with your instruction and example number 1 (example number 2 being coming over the top) that this might be a problem for me?? Your example looks exactly what I try and do! Thank you!

  27. Robert Height says:

    Great video for me. I swing out of my shoes with no reward. My miss is a low duck hook so I will work on the things you suggest.

  28. Les Simmo says:

    Brilliant, concise, another simply hit home instruction, I can feel the yards mounting up! When I’m on my swing is effortless, when not it’s like I’m chopping wood. Swaying and attacking with right shoulder. I might just hang a corkscrew on the bag as a reminder! You remain the best instructor online.

  29. Larry Vawter says:

    as always very informative . my first priority is to accurate in my drives . I am gaining confidence in that area by being not to fast in my down swing . I was swinging a Rouge driver until it got cracked and went out an bought the Epic Flash which it appears you used in this video . Just that club alone has made me hit drives at least 20 yards further . Then I was used this concept and driven it at least 40 yards further . . They key in my opinion is to keep arms straight , proper hip action , plant and drive left foot and follow thru . . It has helped me tremendously . the club head speed will come later

  30. Rob Maguire says:

    Another great video and break down. As a quid pro quo I’ve shared a video on how to use a wine bottle opener as it sounds like you might be struggling. 🙂

  31. Bill Pirillo says:

    Great tip – "Handle to the body, club head to the ball". What a great drill and swing thought. Simple!

  32. john antony kilkenny says:

    Excellent Danny, thank you!

  33. Clouds Rain says:

    Spot on. I need to do this! I think I am doing this but not quite as well with the down swing. This will be the final polishing if you will on my driver swing for me. Already getting it to end of the range net 200 yds carry 150 to 175 yds but I know I can hit the net at 200 yds. Will give it a try.

  34. MsFlyingpiglet says:


  35. Libor Hušek says:

    wish I could do this, but if I do try this I slice it miles to the right

  36. miw309 says:

    This is so good. Very valuable insight and explained beautifully. Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work!

  37. Neeraj Chand says:

    Danny I’m in the market for new clubs, would love it if you could make a video one day providing your insight on grips, club fitting, what to looks for etc. Also, not sure if you’ve done a “what’s in the bag” video others you tubers have done, but would love to see what kind of clubs you use and why you chose them. Great work as always!

  38. John Creet says:

    The split grip drill is great. Earlier this year I came to the conclusion it was possibly the best practice swing for me before I hit a shot on the course but sadly I don't remember often enough to use it when I am playing. Must get it drilled into my brain!

  39. Jay Byrne says:

    I don't really need extra distance, I smack it a fair way, but I've got a feeling, by drilling this I can get more accurate by being more effective with my power, being more precise as opposed it brute force and arms creating fast club head! Will deck try it out.

  40. Lauren McMahon says:

    Great lesson, as always. I saw your other catapult video, and it really as help me be more consistent off the tee.

  41. John Bush says:

    Just to be sure,the catapult is gonna eliminate the need for the wrist flick just before impact ? Ty Danny

  42. Khaizal Ozlen says:

    Great Danny! Can I do this with my irons? Show me how to do it with irons correctly, please. Thanks in advance

  43. P Cohen says:

    Awesome…again making a repeatable golf swing accessible with simple, well explained concepts…..the lining up of body parts for good rotation, spiral concept, grip end to the body, etc. Great stuff…thank you.

  44. nitin243 says:

    Very good instruction. I believe this will work!

  45. monroe stokvis says:

    so danny, you are the best of all golf instructors,
    many thanks

  46. Poida S says:

    Great detail again. Thanks Danny

  47. Timothy Came says:

    Can this be used with irons?

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