Nail your drive
There is no better feeling than when you hit the sweet spot and your ball takes off high into the blue sky with a hissing sound that is music to the ears. It’s a goal of every golfer to be able to hit the ball long and far and no better way to than with the number 1 in your hand. The Driver!
Having a long drive will definitely give you a big advantage out on the golf course. Not only will you have a short iron in on your approach to a par 4, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to hit par 5’s in 2 shots and sometimes driving par 4’s. It will give you the luxury of having 2 putts for birdie, no pressure .
Clearly having this skill opens the course up for you a lot. It cans serve as a cushion or a lifeline to claw back some shots missed on a previous hole or a missed short putt on a par 3 earlier. While a lot of it is about power, it is not the only attribute required to nail your drive.
To nail your drive you need to have:
1. Good Stance and setup
2. Large upper body turn or coil during the backswing
3. Explosive but well timed downswing
4. Plenty of practice
5. A pretty decent driver
At setup/address perform your ordinary pre-shot routine to get yourself into the zone and visualize the shot. As a rule of thumb you should tee your ball up a half ball higher than your driver as this will give your driver room to attack the ball at an upward angle.
Stand with your feet no less than shoulder width apart and with your left foot (for a right handed swing) pointed slightly towards the target. The ball position here should be in line with the left heel as a guide and again this will enable you to hit the ball on the upswing.
Note: The reason it is ideal to hit the ball on the upswing is that you will generate less spin encouraging greater distance due to better ball trajectory.
During the back swing shift the weight across to the back foot while turning the shoulders back. You should feel the stretch in the abs and across the waist line where the torque is being applied. The right elbow should point straight down at the ground at the top of the back swing.
The downswing will initiate with the moving of the hips through the ball. Everything else will fall into place at that point. Keep the right elbow tucked in and drive through the ball with the hips. The ideal path is in to out on the down swing to hit the ball from the inside.
You should practice the swing if you’re new to golf many times as repetition is key. Focus on releasing the hips through the ball first and whipping the arms/hands through impact. It should feel like a very fluid and natural movement and it is when it’s done correctly.
Perfect practice makes perfect
Don’t just go to the range and lace balls as hard as you possibly can. Have an agenda, a plan and stick to it. When I go to the range I will first set out my plan on what I will do to achieve what I want. For a goal of hitting a long accurate drive I will make a plan to hit 20 balls 3 times into a target window. When I get to my third set the spread of golf balls should be narrower and less balls hit outside of my defined window. This would be a positive indication of the practice you are doing is having a benefit.
Focus on every shot as if it were a real shot out on the course. Take your time, complete your pre-shot routine, align your alignment poles/golf clubs on the ground and anything necessary to ensure consistent parameters of your shot every time. When you get to competition time your swing should be automatic, you don’t rely on your conscious to swing the club. It’s all about muscle memory and it’s developed through perfect practice and repetition.
Get a good driver with a big head, it just makes things easier. A driver with a large sweet spot is ideal. Find a driver you like and you think looks good, it goes a long way even just enjoying the aesthetics of your driver, it unleashes a sense of positivity like when you swing a new driver for the first time. Anyway its important your driver looks nice and it’s just an ego thing but it does help.
I use an 8.5 degree driver but experiment around to find one that is suitable for you. There are tons on the market but make sure you buy from a reputable dealer as you don’t want to find that you have bought a copy. It happened to me one time when I bought a Nike driver which turned out to be a copy, I could hit it a mile but it was so inconsistent that I never knew what direction straight left, right and of course the odd FFFOOOOUUUUURRR!!
Here I will give you some tips that will make sure that you increase your driving distance
- Try to hit a draw shot – A draw will almost always travel further than any other shot due to the top spin.
- Lift Weights- Workouts to strengthen your legs, upper body and core work
- Hit the ball low into the wind
- Hit high with a tail wind
- Wind approaching from right- shape it right to left and visa-versa
- Aim for maximum carry when playing on a parkland course especially if it’s wet as you won’t get any roll
- Eat lots and lots of spinach
Thanks again for reading and I hope you learned something new and enjoyed my great blog.
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