# Optimal Driver Launch Angle Tips

Finding the optimal driver launch angle will help you to boost your power and distance off the tee. Our expert shares some helpful tips...

These expert tips will help you to find the optimal driver launch angle and crush it off the tee...
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Many of the best golf tips revolve around the common themes of striking the golf ball well, increasing your distance and generating more power - all of which can be achieved with the optimal driver launch angle.

Finding this elusive position can be tricky for amateur golfers, but if you can achieve it you will get the maximum return for the effort you expend in the golf swing. In this video and article, PGA professional Gareth Lewis shares his expert tips on how to optimise your driver launch angle and find those precious extra yards off the tee...

## How To Find The Optimal Driver Launch Angle

I am often asked, 'what is the optimal launch angle?', and it's a very important question. Manufacturers and tour technicians around the world give us some indication, stating around 15 degrees of launch with around 2,500-3,000rpm of spin can generate the most efficient launch conditions.

It does, however, depend on the speed that you are swinging the golf club. If your swing speed is at the lower end of the spectrum, say around 80mph, you will need slightly more loft (17 or 18 degrees) and spin over 3,000rpm. This extra spin is going the keep the ball in the air for longer, which in turn will also increase the carry distance, allowing you to power up your swing without you needing to find any extra speed.

Conversely, if you swing the golf club at 90mph, the launch angle can come down slightly to around 14-16 degrees. The spin rate also decreases, to between 2,500 and 3,000rpm, with that pattern continuing the in correlation with increased swing speed.

A golfer who can swing the club at 100mph or more, brings the launch angle down again, This time to something in the region of 12 to 15 degrees, and with spin of 2,000 to 2,500rpm.

## Optimal Driver Launch Angle Tips

We shouldn't assume that it's all about swing speed, though. Angle of attack also plays a key role, as if you are not hitting up on the ball, you will not get the carry distance you are looking for. Putting all the pieces together at the same time can be tricky, but combining these key elements is the best route to more distance off the tee.