My Golf Instructor
Sign up for the Ask Maria Featured Question of the Day
By clicking Sign Up, you agree to our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy.

Question on Driving:

My driver has become very unpredictable as far as fade or draw. What can I do to to develop consistency?
--Trevor M. from Greensboro, NC

Hi Trevor. Thanks for writing

I'll give you the obvious answer first...practice more! I'm not being smart here, but I do find that most of my students don't practice their driver enough or the right way. If you are struggling with it when you go to the range try hitting an entire bucket each time with just the driver. It's surprising how much it does for your strength, balance and hand/eye coordination with this long club.

Also, make sure that you are practicing realistically. If you are able to get out on the course when no one is around and practice with an actual fairway that would be idea. If not, make sure when you are using it on the range that you aren't just hitting blindly out to such a wide target as the whole range. Form a fairway in your mind with some of the targets on the range picking specifically where you want the ball to start and where you want it to end up.

Now that I've got my coach's lecture out of my system let's explore if there are problems in your technique. I will add first here that as a Premium Student for only $19.99/month you could send me your swing for a more accurate diagnosis. Without seeing it though, I just need a little more description from you. A fade and a draw are actually two different swing paths so I'm thinking you may have meant pull, push, slice or hook. Please tell me where your ball starts off the clubface and where it ends up. Knowing the initial flight and the added curve will help us establish a course for correction.

I look forward to helping Trevor and please complete your profile especially the right handed/left handed part so I can better help.


Other Related Tips on Driving
Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
Who is Maria Palozola?
- Top 50 LPGA Instructors in the World
- A Golf Digest Top 10 Teacher in Illinois
- A Golf Magazine Top Teacher in the Midwest
- More about Maria
- Golf Questions
Golf instruction made simple
Golf Overview
Overall Game
- Getting Started
- Equipment
- Golf Fitness
- Junior Golf
- Mental Game
- Practice
- Rules of Golf
Short Game
- Bunkers
- Chipping
- Pitching
- Putting
Full Swing
- Pre-Swing Fundamentals
- Shot Making
- Diagnosing Problems
- Driving
- Hybrids and Woods
- Irons
Playing Golf
Ball Striking
- Fitness (78)
- Course Management (82)
- Getting Started in Golf (75)
- Practice (66)
Course Management
- Club Selection (66)
- Equipment (107)
- Driving (68)
- Putting (127)
- Golf Rules (69)
Short Game
- Bump and Run (72)
- Chipping (82)
Ball Striking
- Chunking (79)
- Distance Control (86)
- Fat Shots (92)
- Flipping (48)
- Poor Accuracy (118)
- Slicing (48)
- Thin Shots (85)
- Topped Shots (52)
- Lack of Distance (108)
- Putting Accuracy (72)
Swing Plane
- Blocking (50)
- Inside Out (56)
- Outside In (59)
- Over the Top (49)
- Pulling (54)
- Pushing (66)
- Releasing Early (47)
The Swing
- Grip (65)
- Alignment (55)
- Balance (50)
- Ball Position (80)
- Posture (77)
- Setup (117)
Swing Plane
- Backswing (84)
- Controlling Trajectory (47)
- Divot (48)
- Downswing (67)
- Impact (103)
- On Plane (85)
- Path (84)
- Power (71)
- Shaft Plane (63)
- Swing Plane (112)
- Weight Shift (79)