Few golfers could argue that hitting their driver well is as good
a feeling as you will ever experience. Aside from the huge ego
boost it gives you there is also the added incentive of putting
yourself in position to make a good score. But the fact is the
driver is perhaps the most difficult club to master. So here are
some tips to help improve hitting the big dog.
Choosing the right club for you is a good start. Assess your
swing speed because the slower it is the higher the loft you want.
Also consider how advanced you are. A stiffer shaft is probably
more appropriate for the seasoned golfer as they will be able to
generate more distance through sound fundamentals. If you’re
just starting out or a high handicapper then consider a more
flexible shaft – the extra whip will add some distance for you.
When setting up stand at least shoulder width apart. Consider
widening your stance even further as you want to have a stable
platform for what is the most energetic swing in golf. Stand
more upright than you would with your irons with your hands
dangling down just ahead of your chin. Ensure your shoulders
are parallel to the target and lean slightly to the right. It should
feel as though there is perhaps 60% of your weight on your
right foot. This last point will help you create more power.
It is said that the driver will always find the faults in your swing.
If you tend to slice then check your grip isn’t too weak. Have
at least 2 knuckles showing on your left hand. If there is a draw
or hook in your swing consider weakening your grip so that no
knuckles are showing.
The ideal tee position is to have half the ball showing above the
clubface and to have it set near to your left heel (right heel if
you’re left handed). If you tend to slice tee the ball up higher
and vice versa if you tend to hook.
When you swing you are looking to sweep the ball off the tee
with a wide and shallow movement. Ensure that you are relaxed.
As with most things in golf this is the opposite of what you
think you should do – a tense body will reduce the club head
speed that you can produce.
Concentrate on keeping your wrists flexible. Extra length can
be generated through the whip created by your wrists on
release. Stiff wrists will severely impair your distance using
As you begin the backswing think long and wide. At the
quarter point you want your hands to be as far from your body
as possible. This long shaft is a lever which is being wound
round a coil (you). It will pick up more speed on the
downswing the longer the lever is.
The next part is critical. You must complete a big and full
shoulder turn -try to get your right shoulder under your chin.
This is the engine room of your driving. Without it you will
not hit the big shots. You must also try and get your hips
round with the shoulder turn. Both of these combined will
created a tight coil ready to unwind. Get this right and then
watch the ball soar. Also adding a little extra effort yourself
will really take you into the stratosphere.
Ensure, however, that your body does not get ahead of your
arms during the downswing. This is a killer mistake. It is seen
quite often because the golfer wants to really go for the shot
with everything they’ve got. What you end up getting is
open shoulders before contact which translates into a bad
slice. We all know the damage this can do when you’ve just
used the most powerful club in your bag.
So try and stay unified whilst concentrating on using your
body to create the momentum like an uncoiled spring.
Before long you’ll be booming that driver like Tiger.
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