Golf Driving Tips

15 Golf Driving Tips: Improve your Drive

A beginner golfer hitting the perfect driveThe majority of golf tips shared today concern the improvement of a persons drive. The golf driving tips that are often shared are more aimed towards hitting the ball a longer distance.

The first and foremost step when setting up for a long drive is your positioning. You should start off as you would do for any golf swing shot. Driving is a very important shot as it can determine the rest of the hole.

Some simple yet effective free golf driving tips for accuracy and length have been included below:

Tip 1: Make The Club Do The Work

So often, beginners are seen attempting to smash the ball to peices in the hope of increasing the distance of their drive and impressing thier mates. The clubs are designed for different distances, so let your driver do it’s thing. A useful golf driving tip here is to concentrate on your swing and the centre of the ball, not the power of your swing.

Trying to hit the ball too hard will result in a slice, an air shot, or even a pulled muscle on your part. Just take your time, get the motion of your swing correct and let the club do what it was made for. Only when you have mastered your swing should you try to hit it harder.

Tip 2: Keep Your Eyes On The Game

The professional golfer’s eye line is parallel to the target line. This is a critical alignment to facilitate the club’s correct path approaching impact. If the eyes point to the right of the target, the club will likely come excessively from the inside. If the eyes point to the left, the club will be excessively steep. Matching the eye line to the target line is a great way to get the club on the correct path.

Tip 3: Keep Your Elbow Attached to Your Hip

The correct sequence of motion beginning the downswing creates the proper tilt of the right side. This allows the right arm to bend, creating a powerful position while ensuring an on-plane attack. Keeping the right arm close to the hip encourages the body to drive the arms and club through impact, minimizing the role of the hands during contact.

Tip 4: Keep Your Muscles Supple and Your Grip Soft

Try keeping your hands soft throughout the swing and leaving the club at the top of your backswing for as long as possible. By soft hands, I mean keeping your muscles supple from your elbows through your fingers. Doing this helps promote a quicker, snappier release through impact.

By leaving the club at the top, here’s what I mean:

Once you get your body set at the top of your backswing, keeping your club at the top allows you to begin the downswing not with your hands, but with your larger, more powerful trunk and leg muscles. By driving the downswing with the body and then with the hands, you can achieve some serious lag that’s going to release when your clubhead meets the ball. Stick with these two swing thoughts, and you’ll find that effortless swings are the secret to more distance.

Tip 5: Short Backswing = Longer Drive

By swinging the club too far back, all you’re doing is losing width and control.You can get all the power you need from little more than a three-quarter-length backswing, as long as you have a correct wrist hinge and full body turn. With this simple golf driving tip, you will get much more width into your golf swing resulting in more consistent longer drives.

Tip 6: Clear Vision

One golf driving tip is to visualize the shot you want to hit. Feel a smooth swing as you take a couple practice swings and visualize the ball flying to your target. This helps instill confidence and focuses you on execution instead of “what if I top my first tee ball?” Whatever you do don’t think about topping off the tee, imagine yourself hitting the ball straight down the fairway and never think to yourself what if. Just feel confident about your shot and it will more than likely come off for you, but you must concentrate!

Tip 7: Aggressive Hip Rotation

Tigers hip rotation on the downswing is unmatched on tour. He can do this because of his extreme core rotational strength and flexibility. Even though you may not be as fit as Tiger, you can still try to rotate your hips aggressive on the downswing while trying to create lag behind you with your club. What this does is created a high level of torque in your core, which translates into a MUCH higher clubhead speed and distance.

Tip 8: Tilt Your Spine Away

Tilt Your Spine Away: Another great addition to our golf driving tips is to tilt or angle your spine away from the target. This enables you to sweep up on the ball giving it more loft and distance. The most common position for amateurs is a straight or reverse tilted spine causing you to hit down on it and losing valuable height and distance.

Part 2 : More Tips on Improving your Drive

About Rob

I'm Rob aka GolfGuyRob. I'm an avid golf enthusiast and golf tutor with over 40 years experience playing this beautiful but frustrating game. I'm here to offer advice (if you want it) and share my passion with golfers from around the world.


  1. TIP: the longer you keep the grip end of the club pointing to the ball, the farther it will go.

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