The Two Keys to Straighter Golf Drives

Golf Driver Swing Tips

Not many things are as demoralizing in the game of golf than consistently missing fairways due to errant drives. The drive is the one shot where you’re guaranteed a great lie, so why do we struggle with this shot so much? There’s actually a very easy explanation because despite having similar circumstances for each drive, we often struggle with creating a consistent stance and ball position.

We all understand that we have to put the driver on a tee and the reason we do that is because this club has only about twice as much loft as your putter. Therefore, we put the ball on a tee so we hit the ball on the way up, increasing the launch angle of the club. Along with the tee, we should place the ball forward in our stance, just off the inside of your front foot. 

One of the primary problems that amateur golfers often have is the ball is never in the same position twice. There was actually a recent study about ball position that concluded that a professional golfer’s ball position stays consistent with every club and swing while amateurs very rarely maintain the same ball position for that particular club. 

In order to correct this situation, here is a method of finding the proper ball position with each and every swing. Take your stance with your feet together and the golf ball right in the middle between your feet. Next, unlock your hip by turning your left or lead toe out. From that position, move your feet apart to normal width, which is the approximately the outside width of your hips. Now you’re in perfect position and your center of gravity or your shirt button should be about 4 inches behind the golf ball.

The benefit of this position is that the bottom of your swing arc will now be approximately four inches behind the golf ball. This means that your club head will actually be swinging upward by the time it reaches the golf ball on the tee. With this setup, you’ll be creating the proper launch angle to provide maximum distance and maximum accuracy with your driver.

Three Golf Driving Tips to Save Your Round

Being consistent at driving a golf ball requires the highest levels of confidence, awareness and solid fundamentals. Here are three fast and easy tips to help you hit more fairways while hitting the ball farther.

Despite the larger club head, the driver shaft is much longer and brings with it more potential problems from the backswing, through the downswing, through impact. With lots of moving parts that have to be working in rhythm, it’s easy to see why most amateurs have a hard time hitting fairways.   

With so many variables in place, it’s essential to make practicing your drives a priority. We’ve all been in a rushed situation where we jump from the car to the tee box, having to hit a narrow fairway on the first hole with an audience gathered around the tee.

If at all possible, try to avoid the situation of having your first swing of the day be with your driver on the first tee. Get to the practice range before your tee time, stretch properly and hit at least a few balls. Even a few swings in to a net are exponentially better than just swinging away on the first hole. The top PGA professionals would not consider starting a round without the proper warm up, so neither should you.

When you practice on the range, work on maintain consistent positions at the setup, the top of your swing, through impact and follow through so you can visual the beginning, middle and end of your stroke. Having these clear guideposts in your mind could provide an essential backup if your swing falls apart during the round. If you do begin to struggle, just go back to those proper positions in your practice swings and your fundamentals will return.

With the massive size of today’s drivers, a simple mistake most amateurs make is to increase the speed of the swing with this club as compared to everything else in the bag. Remember, the most important concept in hitting long, solid shots is hitting the ball in the sweet spot of the club face. A miss-hit ball with a club head speed of 125 MPH will not go nearly as far as a solidly struck ball with 15-20 MPH less club head speed. Maintain a consistent, manageable swing speed and you’ll find more fairways and still outdrive your friends.

Bring these tips with you to your next round. They should help your golf driving results and lower your scores.