Below are five golf driving tips that keep you on the straight and narrow. Ingrain all of them or some of them, whichever approach helps your game. They’ll help shrink your scores and your golf handicap:
1. Balance is Critical
Balance is critical when hitting driver. It ensures you make solid contact. To maintain proper balance, keep your center of gravity centered, throughout your backswing. Then, move it aggressively forward toward the target. Whatever you do, don’t let your weight shift to your back foot. Here’s a drill to keep you centered:
Take your normal stance. Then brace your golf bag against your back leg. Now make some practice swings without pushing into the bag on your backswing. If you brush against it, you’ve swayed. This swing flaw can cost you strokes.
ow move the bag to your front foot. Brace the bag so it’s even with your front shoe. But leave a little extra space between your shoe and the bag. That way your front leg can move slightly toward the target and become perpendicular to the ground. Take some practice swings without touching the bag.
2. Keep your swing width wide
Swing width is critical to keeping your club shaft on plane. Lose width in your backswing and you’ll struggle to bring the club back to its original plane. Weekend golfers often take the club outside the shaft line. That results in slice and pulls. Here’s a drill that teaches you to maintain swing width:
Using a 7-iron, assume your usual address position. Now swing the club back with just your trail arm. Try to maintain a 90-degree angle between your forearm and upper arm. Look back when the club is at the top. Make the changes need to achieve at least a 90-degree angle if it’s not there when you look.
3. Stop at the top
Taking the time to stop at the top of your backswing is crucial. It gives your body time to get back in the perfect hitting position. Don’t stop too long, though. It should only be a brief pause, not a long drawn out stoppage.
A brief pause lets your body gather power and the club to switch directions. It also lets you fall into the perfect slot position for the downswing. Here’s an exercise that can help you:
Next time you’re at the practice tee, take some practice swings. Pause for a second when you reach the top before swinging down. Count to yourself “One. Two.” Then come forward.
Increase swing speed on the downswing, with the fastest part coming at the swing’s bottom. Now hit five balls using the same sequence of words. If it’s earlier than what it should be, you may be trying to muscle the shot. Keep practicing this golf drill until you’ve ingrained the move
4. Use a sweeping motion
Spin rate is critical when hitting a ball off the tee. A high spin rate is the enemy of good shots. Sure, some spin rate keeps the ball on line and in the air. But too much spin rate generates weak shots that float high and come up short.
Hit your driver with a sweeping motion instead of a downward angle lowers spin rate, which ensures a better, more penetrating ball flight.
5. Keep back shoulder passive
Your back shoulder is critical to a good swing. It must remain somewhat passive during the swing to hit the ball straight. It also must work downward as you start down on the shot. Keeping your shoulder passive ensures that the club returns to its original shaft line at impact.
To feel the role your back shoulder plays as you start down, grab a club with your right hand (left hand for left-handers) only. Take the club back to the top. Then place your opposite hand on your back shoulder.
Swing down. As you do, try to prevent the back shoulder from rotating out toward the target. Instead, drop it down toward the ball and swing one-handed. Repeat the process until the feel is ingrained.
Ingraining all or some of the golf driving tips in your swing helps you keep the club shaft on plane when coming down. That, in turn, helps you hit the ball with the right spin rate and on the club’s sweet spot.
More importantly, our golf driving tips help you return the club to its original shaft position at address. That produces a straighter shots that find the fairway and cut strokes off your scores and golf handicap. It will also help you break 80.
Use These Golf Driving Tips to Break 80 Consistently
Gaining distance off the tee is simple. So is hitting more fairways. To do both, you need first to master the basics of solid ballstriking. Then, you need to increase your clubhead speed. Golfers that do those two things start belting drives farther and straighter than ever.
But if you’re like many weekend golfers, your ballstriking frustrates you. You know you should be hitting the ball better and harder, but you’re just not getting it done. So instead of your driving game being an asset, it’s a weakness.
Below are ten often overlooked golf driving tips that can help turn your driving game into an asset. They’ll help you boost your ballstriking to pro levels:
- Widen your stance
- Tilt your shoulders back
- Use more loft on your club
- Set up with more weight on your trail foot
- Establish width early in your swing
- Hit the ball slightly above the ball’s equator
- Rotate and turnaround hips
- Raise your front heel
- Turn your head in your backswing
- Pre-set your hips so you can turn around them.