The Secret to Hitting your Driver Better

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How to Hit a Driver: Step by Step Guide for Beginners

I used to struggle with driver all the time. I was very inaccurate, usually I missed it by 2 yards or more. Now, I always hit the driver straight down the fairway.

Hitting the ball with correct golf driver swing was a problem for many amateurs. They try to swing like a professional does. However, a professional doesn’t swing the same when they are hitting the tee shots as when they are practicing.

So, I’m going to show you how to hit the driver and make it fly straight every time ….

{1}. Make a strong grip, drive your left shoulder forward and relax your arms.
{2}. Bend a little bit down and hold a T-stance.
{3}. Take a few steps forward and stand on the line.
{4}. Go back to the old stance. Now your feet is parallel to each other with shoulder width apart.
{5}. Take your driver with both hands. Keep your right wrist firm and let your left hand do the work.
{6}. Swing the club back and forth once.
{7}. Swing it for a couple of times to build some tempo.
{8}. Make a strong grip.
{9}. Then set the ball on the tee and pull the club behind you.
{10}. Hold the T-stance.

Step by Step: How to Hit Driver

Below I’ll list a few simple tips to help you hit more fairways and greens with your driver.

Swarm is a term used in golf to describe the point where a golf club face is square to the target line at the moment of impact.

Golfers will often tell you that their swing is “swarmer” or they’ll use that term to describe other players on tour that they feel are hitting their driver face more square than them.

Why Hitting a Driver is Different From Your Irons

The biggest difference between hitting a driver and an iron, and why it can be misleading, is that the ball usually doesn’t behave the way you want it to and rolls further after you hit it.

For a driver, club speed is critical, but so is trajectory. If you have a fast clubhead speed but the trajectory is low, or vice versa, it will lead to a bad drive. A high trajectory means that you are causing the ball to fly high, producing a lower angle of descent. The ball will land softly, compared to a ball with a lower trajectory.

A driver is a weapon and should be treated as one.

Your Driver is Much Longer

If you are looking for a consistent driver, you are looking for a good extension. "Extension?" you say, "What does that have to do with my driver?"

True that extension is also the secret to a strong and powerful swing with a shorter driver; a basic fact all good golf instructors would agree with. But wait, you may ask, "Isn't my driver already extended to the max where I can comfortably swing it?"

Of course that is the case. But let me use the analogy of a whip to illustrate this point.

When you extend your arm to whip a fly the tip of the whip is typically extended to about the length of your arm plus a few inches more. If you do this experiment with a tape measure you should find that in order to maximize the velocity of the tip of whip, the wrist of the whip should be about one to two inches behind the tip, leaving a gap which is actually closest to the arm. This gap has to be allowed by the length of the whip handle.

The Driver is Hit Off a Tee

The Driver should be hit off a tee. One of the best things you can do to hit your driver longer and straighter is to practice it. While most golfers hit off a tee at home to work on their mid-irons and short game, they should also do the same for their drivers.

A short tee can be placed on top of any club in the bag, a pencil or marker is placed at least 2 inches in front of the ball, and the ball is placed in the same spot, keeping the marker in mind. This gives the golfer ample room to pace off the distance to the pin.

You can also place a golf ball on top of a club and then place the pencil/marker in front of the ball. Of course this is not as precise.

Make sure you select the right tee height. A driver tee is shorter so that you can make a full swing. Depending on what club you choose, the transition will be different.

For maximum results, try hitting at least 10 balls until the swing feels natural. You can always hit more to build muscle memory.

Be sure to keep the feet, knees, hips, and shoulders square to the target, and make sure you take a full swing.

Driver Swing vs. Iron Swing

The benefits of a slower swing include:

· It allows you to wait a little longer and then trust your subconscious to pick the best time to release the club.

· It allows you to wait a little longer and then trust your subconscious to pick the best time to release the club.

· You tend to make a more timely and progressive move into the ball, which allows your hands to lag the club slightly, increasing the “sweet spot” of your swing arc.

· You tend to make a more timely and progressive move into the ball, which allows your hands to lag the club slightly, increasing the “sweet spot” of your swing arc.

· You can more easily time the landing of your hands on the shaft, which is critical in hitting straighter shots.

· You can more easily time the landing of your hands on the shaft, which is critical in hitting straighter shots.

· It allows you to better meet the ball solidly.

· It allows you to better meet the ball solidly.

· It allows you to hit the ball from more of a downhill angle with less of a hook.

· It allows you to hit the ball from more of a downhill angle with less of a hook.

Setup Changes With Driver

A driver head weight is an adjustable weight attached to the clubhead trailing by a cable. There are two main reasons to use a driver head weight.

First, it counteracts the weight of a longer shaft by trimming the swingweight, and second, it can change the launch conditions by slightly lowering the swingweight.

One of the benefits of a driver head weight is that you can add it or remove it from the club according to the needs of your game. This is especially useful if you are struggling to achieve better ballstriking with your driver.

Changing the position of the head weight will change the swingweight, but the smaller the head weight, the smaller the swingweight change. So you’ll get the best result with a small head weight.

So how do you find the best position for the head weight? There are a few ways you can go about this.

Trial and error: The first and most cumbersome way to do this is to move the head weight from the standard position slowly in either direction. You can move it 1/4 step at a time to see which position suits you best – high, low or middle. The problem with this method is that it is very time consuming.

How to Hit Your Driver Further

How do you hit it longer? Simple, understand the initial momentum of the driver.

If you have a good understanding of this, you will know which swing strategies to adopt to hit it further.

The initial momentum of the driver is lower than other clubs such as the irons, hybrids, and wedges. That is why the initial momentum of the driver is not much use for a short shot, such as a chip shot.

For long shots, if you can get to a position where some of the initial momentum from the golfer’s hands will be used to drive the golfer’s hands in the right direction, it will result in a much longer shot.

There is an easy way to check how much longer you can drive your ball using your current driver.

Take a sand tee, a medium size ball, and a water hose with you to the range. When you can’t find a way out because the trees are blocking you on the range, hit the ball into the sand tee with your driver.

After your ball hits the tee, fill the hole with water and you will see how far the water will be spouted and spread.

Adjust Your Loft

The loft is the angle of your driver at address. Too much loft and you will be hitting the ball back skyward, too little and you will be hitting the ball way right. In my experience, the most common error is hitting the ball to the right.

The first thing to do to fix this is set your driver up so it is almost level. Most drivers on the market have the loft adjustable.

Then, stand in front of your ball at address. Merely by the address position you can tell whether you have too much or too little loft in your driver.

Now look down at the driver head. Try to look directly at the face of the club.

You don’t need a slope or a level. Simply look at the club head and the shaft. If you see they are angled at a sharper incline or a steeper decline, you have the wrong loft.

Simply go to your golf shop to adjust your loft.

Some golfers can’t get the driver straight no matter how much they tilt and turn their driver. So some golfers have the right loft but they still think their shot is flying to the right.

Here’s why. Their club path is slightly tilted as well. All you need to do is to check that.

Hit Up on the Ball

The ball can go a fair way in many different ways, such as from the tee. It can go straight, like a bullet, or high into the air. To do all of this means that there are at least four different ways the ball can approach the top of the backswing; to the forward, to the right, to the left and to the back. These are what we refer to as the four quadrant swing.

If the ball is going into the forward quadrant; that is the foward and to the right, you want to swing up and to the left. This will mean that the club is coming from the inside out as it meets the ball.

Now if the ball is going into the left quadrant; that is the left and down, you want to swing the club up and from the outside in. This simply means that the club is coming from the outside and moving in.

If the ball is going into the back quadrant; that is the right and up into the air, you want to swing the club up and to the right. Now it is important that the head of the club isn’t steep as you do this otherwise you’re likely to hit a lot of sky and lose a lot of distance. This swing is known as the flat swing and it will often travel the furthest.

Accelerate at the Right Point

Fairway woods can be some of the most versatile clubs in your bag, but they can also be some of the most difficult to hit.

Most professional golfers have the same problem, and it stems from a strong tendency to overswing.

Fire the club head through the ball and…BOOM!…they launch the ball off the tee into the oblivion called the woods beyond.

The trick to hitting your fairway woods more effectively is to coordinate your speed with the distance of the fairway wood.

The fact is, fairway woods are longer than woods.

Hence, the sweet spot is farther to the right. Once you have hit the sweet spot, you can release the club back to the top in a much more controlled manner.

Golfers that tend to overswing will usually try to cheat the club slightly, just to the right of the sweet spot to help their longer shots. They should always try to hit the ball within the sweet spot. Don’t try to force the ball; use an easy swing to make sure you hit it just right.

Increase Your Swing Speed

A lot of golfers think that swing speed is the most important factor in hitting the ball well. That’s simply not true. You can hit a ball further with a slower swing speed but you cannot hit consistent shots with a slower swing speed. That’s where consistency comes in.

A lot of golfers just forget which part of the swing to focus on. They are more interested in their swing speed and so they entirely ignore their real issue, consistency.

They come up with a swing idea and they keep repeating that swing throughout their swing. Exercising a golf swing at an exaggerated slower speed is important but so is exercising that swing at a faster speed.

What you want to be doing is making sure that your body learns to do those movements differently at two different speeds so that they can do them at any speed.

You will have that thought process embedded into your muscle memory and that’s what will take your game forward from any block you might have. Ultimately, what you want to do is build muscle memory.

Use the Right Golf Ball

At least once a year, you should take a good look at your golf ball. A ball’s exterior design affects the flight and spin of the ball, and you’ll need to find a ball that suits your game. A ball’s compression, speed, and surface material all play a role.

You can tell a lot about a golf ball by looking at it. Slightly enlarged dimples on the ball’s surface, for example, are a sign that the ball is softer. If the dimples are smaller, the ball is harder and will travel farther. For slower swingers, a softer golf ball will get the job done, but for faster swingers a softer ball will cause the ball to hook into the woods.

All golf balls come with a USGA-certified weight rating. Whereas your driver’s weighting can be slightly lighter, you need your fairway woods to be as heavy as possible. A heavier ball will travel slower and straighter through the air. Since fairway woods are usually hit at a steeper angle to the ground, a lighter golf ball would cause a lot of backspin and could get stuck in a tree.

Hitting Driver FAQs

There are lots of important questions addressed by lots of different professionals on the golf ball driver. In true Shotgolf style we have put together a list of the most commonly asked question and presented answers by Simon Crampton a PGA Master Professional. So what are you waiting for – Check out the Golf DO’s to start improving your golf game today!

What are the best golf balls?

The current crop of balls on the market generally don’t decrease distance or power for the average player. It is a myth that balls are slowing down.

If you aren’t feeling comfortable with performance of the ball currently in your bag, then the solution might be down to you hitting a different model driver. – There are lots of different models and brands on the market. Try a few different ones and find one that inspires confidence to release the clubhead.

This in turn unlocks angles.

How far do you need to hit the ball?

Some pundits argue that most golfers are too long off the tee. The truth is that a typical player’s driver swing speed is the limiting factor to how far they can hit the golf ball. You are not likely to change the swing length very much.

How does a beginner hit a driver?

We all know that it is very difficult to hit shots with any consistency besides tap-in chip shots. It is quite frustrating. We try to correct our swing but our efforts are futile.

So how does one hit driver more accurately? How do we break out of this rut?

Step 1: Set up for the Shot

We need a little bit of information about where our driver needs to go. From the tee box, we need to know the contour of the green, where are the bunkers, and where are the pin placements.

We should also plan the direction of our shot. Are there any trees or flowers that might require a side spin instead of a typical draw?

Step 2: Focus on the Feel

You need to ensure that the ball is sitting under the sweet spot of the driver. You can always hit consistently if your ball is sitting under the sweet spot.

Step 3: Use the Right Shaft

It is also important to choose the right shaft to experiment with your swing. Then, we will get a good feel about the flex and length of the shaft that we can use.

Step 4: Set up and aim

Get into a comfortable stance and align yourself towards the target. It is also important to ensure that you are not wasting your energy by taking a huge stride when hitting. If you take a large stride, you may hit the ball fat.

How do I drive the golf ball straight?

The first and foremost tip is to ensure that you understand your driver swing.

Take your time to learn the swing which will give you straight motion to the ball.

To drive the ball straight, you need to understand the different impacts of your driver.

In most cases, these are evident as you swing up and out of the impact zone.

The challenge in the golf swing is the follow-through which is a key component in driving the ball straight.

This motion should include an extension of your right arm, which will direct the energy of cause the ball to go straight.

Keep the shaft at 90 degrees to your shoulders throughout your swing to transfer energy from your lower to your upper body.

You also need to grip your driver handle in such a way that it is firmly aligned with the clubhead.

The last key is to lay in the shaft and shoulder.

To put it simply, the ball straightens when it is hit with the shaft parallel to the target line.

This is not only a natural motion, but also one which creates consistency with every driver swing.

How do I hit a driver consistently?

Over the years, they have improved from piggy-back elevations to shaft bent to producing sticks lighter than air. They’ve even reduced the size of the heads to ensure that you “hit it straight”. And yet, people still hit their drives inconsistently.

Why?

The reason is they’re trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

Everyone doesn’t have the same swing. When they tell us to “keep your head still throughout the swing”, it doesn’t mean to keep it mute.

Golf being an individual sport, everyone swings differently. Some people like to move their head, some their arms and some their hips. So how do you derive a rule from that?

Instead of trying to restrict your body into unnatural movements, focus on a few simple principles that can help you make consistently solid strikes ….

It’s not how hard you hit the ball but how consistently you pound it on the fairway. That’s where driver accuracy comes into play.

Why do I hit my driver too high?

If you are consistently hitting a particular club too high, then there are some adjustments you can make, to make your driver hit less high.

To do this, you have to think about the shot you are hitting. If you are hitting the ball from inside 100 yards, go back and look at your setup, and then look at the club face.

If you see the club face tilting right in your setup, then you are likely to hit it thin. This is usually a cause of tension and trying to hit every shot dead center with the driver.

If you are hitting the ball 200 yards or more, then you might be hitting your driver too high.

This is usually caused by having your weight too far forward.

How do I stop slicing my driver?

The slice shot is the most common type of bad shot that golfers hit off of the tee. Slice shots are the result of too much spin and usually end up in the bunker or worse, the water. You can tell if you have a slice because the ball will fly from left to right in the air.

Many amateur golfers don’t know how to hit a draw because they don’t understand the importance of trajectory in golf. The best way to hit a draw is to have the ball just start to move in the air to the left and end up off to the right.

This is the opposite of the way you want to hit a slice. A slice is caused by the spin on the ball, so it will start left in the air and end up right in the air, resulting in the sliced shot.

If you want to hit it straight, learn the correct technique to adjust your ball flight and get more distance behind the ball. Here are some tips on how to correctly swing your driver to ensure that your ball is going straight.

Drills To Hit Driver Better

  • Your body should be balanced between your feet: Center of Gravity over your left foot.
  • Your weight should be distributed between both feet.
  • When your Weight shifts to your front foot, you move too late.
  • When your Weight shifts to the back foot, you move too soon.
  • Make a habit that as you swing back, your shoulders should be square in line with your target line.
  • Make your driver swing spiral or circular from your shoulders.
  • Make your driver swing on an “Y” path between your shoulders and your knees.
  • Make your driver swing vertically only from your shoulders.
  • The vertical swing motion of your driver comes only from your shoulders and arms.
  • Keep your driver swinging on an “Y” path to your knees or so.
  • Always keep your weight 180 degrees between your feet.
  • The full weight shift to the front leg is at the moment of hitting.
  • The front shoulder should be higher then the back shoulder at hitting.
  • Your Club should be outside of your Right Knee at impact.
  • The Club should be shortest distance between club head and the ground at the time of impact.

The Foot Spray Drill

Before you start your driver swing, have your practice partner give you a quick foot spray as you take two or three practice swings.

After you finish, have your partner spray again. As you do your practice swings, be sure to feel that sensation each time you bring your driver back.

This quick spray actually calms your body down, and in effect, gives it some weight. Because of that, you will swing lighter, with less effort, and more accuracy.

It’s going to help you keep your head down and body quiet. Work on a couple of these drills before your tee shot on every hole.

Takeaway Drill

A Golf Workout Routine That Will Increase Your Accuracy

If you are a golfer, you are probably looking to hit better drives than ever before. You might even think that you throw like a girl. But trust me, there are steps you can take to increase your accuracy.

The secret to hitting better drives is by building strength in your lower body, especially your legs. If you look at any professional golfer, you will notice that their legs are very muscular.

In fact, you are probably looking at a golfer who has put a lot of time in on the weights. Golf is a sport that requires strength and power throughout the body. The muscles used during the golf swing are not only in the arms, but also in the legs, shoulders and core.

When it comes to power, the legs are more important than your arms. So when you are working out, pay more attention to your legs and other power muscles in your body.

Additionally, you need to make sure that you have a strong grip on the club. Squeezing the club will help you to generate more power.

Bonus: How to Hit a Draw With Driver

If you carry your weight too far to the inside or outside of the right straight line, it will create the swing path inefficient for a driver. As a result, you will not be able to generate enough speed at contact, and the face will close at impact, causing the ball to curve more back than it should. Your goal is to stay right in the middle of the swing path for maximum club speed and ball speed.

Set up in a good address position that helps you stay inside the line. You can even consider one of the last five steps described below to help you.

Keep your front shoulder square, directly over the ball. It’s the secret to hit a driver further. If your shoulders turn in toward the target it will put the driver face in a position to close more at impact. You will tend to hit a draw or hook instead of a straight ball.

Sight the target and take a practice swing. This will help you get a feel for your swing motion. Make sure to swing with your shoulders and your body. Don’t hinge with your arms.

Put a coin in between your left heel and right shoe. When you swing, the coin will fall out when your right knee is parallel to ground. You just need to swing in the right zone.

Golf Driving Tips Summary

7 Best Tips for Hitting Longer Drives

Here are 7 tips to hit your driver longer and straighter:

Drop Your Club Head

The key to swinging your driver is to drop the club head on the way down. It only makes sense because it’s easier to catch the edge of the ball if your club head is lower to the ground.

Try to mimic a Cobra strike, rather than a swan dive.

There are two ways that you can do this. One is to swing the club normally but make a half-turn after you swing the club.

The other is to do as much of a full turn as you can possibly do, which will lower your body to the least amount.

Lastly, try to swing down with a purpose and natural firming of the grip.

Swing Vertical

When I say swing vertical, I’m not talking about taking your driver and swinging it straight up into the air.

I’m referring to making a neutral arc motion where the club faces directly in front of you throughout your swing.

Keep Your Head Down

For many golfers out there, holding the head up is a much more strenuous position. So you’re going to need to train yourself to keep your head down as you swing.