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Driving

Driving defines your shot from the tee box and usually refers to using your driver or your one wood. Sometimes a player may opt to drive with a different club such as a driving iron or a fairway wood.

Driving Drills

Driving Tips

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  • Considtency in the Set Up Equals Consistent Strikes

    A consistent set up is crucial to consistent driving. If you play your ball position too far back, you can end up with a push. If you play it too far forward you can end up pulling the shot. Reaching for the ball can cause you to swing back too flat, whereas standing too close can cause you to pick the club up on too steep of a plane. Standing up too tall can also cause a flat backswing, whereas bending over too much can cause your shoulders to rotate on a steep plane. You simply must do the same thing every time in order achieve a consistent and predictable ball flight.

  • Correct Launch Angles Are a Must

    According to the TrackMan launch monitor if you catch your drives on the upswing anywhere from 4-6 degrees you will maximize your distance. Achieving the correct launch angles on your drives combined with a solid center hit and high club head speed gives you the combination you need to hit the ball as far as possible. A descending blow on a drive will rob you of considerable distance.

  • The Driver Head is Difficult to Feel

    Because a driver is long and light it is difficult for you to feel where the clubhead is at the top of your swing. This is a common complaint among students on the lesson tee. They just can't seem to get comfortable, because they can't tell if they are in that perfect slot or not. To help combat this use a mirror or video while you are practicing. Having that visual aid to check your position will give you the confidence you need to trust your swing.

  • The Sweet Spot is the Key

    Hitting the sweet spot is a must to maximize accuracy and distance with your driver. To check where you are hitting you can buy face tape or face spray at your local golf superstore. If you can't find those simply use a dry erase marker and color the face of your driver. All of these options will show you a nice ball mark on the face where you are making contact. Knowing where you are striking the ball on the face will give you great feedback about your swing.

  • Build Legs, Core and Back For Power

    To increase your distance on your drives work on building your legs, core and the back of your lead shoulder. Those are the power muscles in the golf swing. Studies are now showing that at impact your abductor muscles (the muscles in your legs that help you push out) are bearing three times your body weight, so they'd better be strong enough to support it!

  • Maximize Your Coil For Distance

    To maximize your power off of the tee you need to maximize your coil. That means you need to resist the turning of your hips while at the same time increase your shoulder turn. The bigger the difference you can create between your lower and upper body, the tighter your coil will be. You are like a spring or a rubber band. The tighter you wind yourself up, the faster you will unwind.

  • Keep Increasing Acceleration

    When driving be sure to gradually build your acceleration throughout the downswing so that it hits peak speed at the ball. If you jump at the ball from the top of your swing and try to hit it hard, you will actually be decelerating by time you get to the ball. Accelerating from the top also throws off your kinematic sequence and causes your swing to get out of sync. This not only decreases your speed, but can also throw your swing off plane.

  • Play the Ball at Front Arm Pit

    When driving be sure to position the ball forward in your stance. The ball should be in line with your front arm pit. This will allow you to catch the ball on the upswing and launch it high into the air. Positioning the ball in the middle or back of your stance will cause you to hit down on it too much. The result will be either a pop up or a smothered low shot. Playing it too far back can even cause a push to the right.

  • A Big Arc Equals Power

    When driving, make the biggest arc you possibly can. The bigger your arc, the faster your club head speed and then of course, the greater your distance. This means you need to keep your lead arm fully extended throughout the backswing just as it was at address. Folding the arms or letting them collapse into the body creates a narrow arc and less power.

  • Go For the Reward, Not the Risk

    When teeing off go for the reward, not the risk. Never aim for trouble unless you are a highly skilled player that can bend the ball consistently. It's best if you pick a very specific target, but a safe one that will leave you room on either side should you miss the ball. Make sure to visualize the flight of your ball to your target as you make your rehearsal swings. Then, once you set up to the ball make sure to look up a couple of times to see the flight of the ball to the target before starting your takeaway.

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