Who doesn’t enjoy a good drive in their golf game? Drives are the most rewarding shots. Imagine landing your ball 300+ yards in the middle of the fairway. Golfers want distance and accuracy on the drive. There are some steps you can take to achieve this goal. Your driver will quickly become your best friend on the golf course.
1. Ensure your driver is right for you
Everyone is different in size, strength, and level of play. Talk to a professional who can help you determine what length, type, and style of driver is right for you. You may have a slower swing speed with a high handicap. Therefore a larger, more lofted club face and a flexible shaft can help you. Discuss your game honestly when buying the right driver. It’s the only way you will walk on the course with the club that can help you love your drive.
2. Tee the ball higher
Tee the ball at least 1/2 – 1 ball above the driver resting of the ground. Don’t just use a general rule though. Practice – adjust the tee up or down so it hits in the center of club face. Teeing the ball higher reduces the chances of a mis-hit because you are closer to the club. Remember, because the size of today’s driver clubface is larger, teeing up 1/2 inch may seem quite high. But when your shot is off because the clubface is off even a fraction of an inch at impact, every little increase in tee height can help.
3. Choke down on the club
The driver is the longest club in your bag. If you feel you need more control of the club on the tee, choke down on the club a bit. A good confident grip on the club will result in a more accurate shot. It will be worth a slight distance sacrifice when you enjoy your drive sitting in the perfect spot on the fairway.
4. Play the ball just after where your swing bottoms out.
The general rule has always been to play your drive off the inside of your front foot’s heal. The trick is to find the spot just after where your swing bottoms out so that you can catch the ball on the upswing, rather than a downswing like an iron. Drivers have a very low angle to the clubface. You need a lift at impact to create an optimal trajectory.
5. Set up the ball toward the toe of the clubface
During your swing, your arms will naturally “stretch” on the downswing. Speed and gravity come in to play. You need to allow for this stretch at ball impact. You already have more distance between your hands and the ball at impact by using such a long club. Set up the ball towards the toe of the clubface at rest. This should allow you to hit the ball just right and help you avoid hitting off the heel of the club.
6. Adjust your stance
Generally golfers stand with their feet as wide as their shoulders. Try giving yourself a power stance and widen your heels a little more than your shoulders. Also stand with a secondary tilt of your spine. This means that your spine is tilted slightly back. For a right handed golfer, you drop your right(back) shoulder slightly lower than left. For most golfers, if you can get the ball up in air, you can get more carry distance thus more overall distance. There is less resistance in the air than on the ground.
7. Know your flaws
No matter how perfect you think the swings and drives of the golf greats are, every one of them have their own flaws. These flaws are the same as a recreational player. Great golfers do not overcome flaws. They have the ability to repeat their flaws and apply strategies to compensate. So if you consistently have a snap hook or have a slice, learn what you can do to balance out your flaws.
Now you are ready to head on out to the driving range and give these tips a try. Hopefully you will find something that works for you, helps you find your sweet spot, and improves your golf drive. Your driver can quickly become your favorite club in the bag. You will soon enjoy keeping the ball in play every time you’re at the golf course.