The saying “chalk and cheese” can definitely be used to describe the relationship between long drives and their accuracy. But did you know that it doesn’t have to be this way? You see there are practice methods out there which can enable any golfer, yes any golfer, regardless of expertise or skills, to hit a drive so that the golf ball lands within the fairway which can be at least 200-250 yards away.
Having a really good tee ball is one of the main requirements for this as that will start you in for the running! You will also need this tee ball to keep your confidence levels at their highest, so this way you will perform at your best potential.
Now I am going to share three main elements to achieve this with your driver:.
1. Proper club handling
When holding a golf club, you must make sure your grip is proper. Know how to handle the club head and maintain control of it.
Two main points of interest:
1. When holding a golf club, you must make sure your grip is proper, not too tight, not too loose. 2. You have to be sure you can control the direction of the ball, i.e. Can you hit it to the left and right and not by accident? If you can control these two elements then it should be possible for you to slit the two in half and use the both together to create a great golf drive. Note: You will not be able to control it with “pin point accuracy, at least at the start anyway, so be patient and practice your grips on the club combined with a full swing. In other words, learn how to swing the golf club while making sure your grips are efficient, before you try to direct the ball to the left or to the right. Tip: Open the clubface when hitting a “fade” and close the clubface a bit to hit a “draw”.
2. Don’t be hasty with the swing
It is important to have knowledge about achieving the best possible swing. A lot of golfers, even professionals, all make a very common mistake of swinging the golf club too early. These golfers usually make the precise mistake of being hasty at the very end of the back swing by jerking the club back down toward the ground. By doing this you can make the alignment of the clubhead move to the left or right, so when it eventually makes contact with the ball, it slices the ball and sends it off on a tangent when it’s supposed to go straight, toward the hole.
How to avoid this problem: Count numbers inside your head to get your timing correct. Counting “one, one thousand” on your backswing and “two, one thousand” on the downswing will help to create a smooth rhythm. It also makes it easier for you to remember the exact feeling you had in a really good tee shot, making consistency in your drives very possible. This technique is practiced by many golfers in Opens around the world.
3. Coiling up the body
The normal way to generate power is to turn your back on the target and finish the swing through facing the target.
How to do this: Try to maintain a bent right leg and knee joint as you let the golf club swing passed your body and make sure you turn your shoulders all the way with the follow through. Release the “spring” tension in your body and let the club head move through the ball and rotate your hips. Finally, if your stomach is facing toward the hole at end of your drive swing, you know you’ve done it right. Remember: Your hips only turn a fraction of the amount that your shoulders do. Think of your hips as a pivot which your torso is mounted upon.
It will be easier to do this with smaller golf clubs, but if you practice religiously with the driver, you will find it next to simple to coil with a smaller club if you ever need power. If you find it too difficult to hit with the driver at first, don’t worry. Start out with your 9 iron, do some swings with the 3 above paragraphs in mind. Switch back and forth with the 9 and the driver. When you start to get similar results with each of the clubs you know its working. It’s all about the 3 elements above combined with good turning.
Do all of this correctly and you will be hitting longer drives and not losing any accuracy on the direction!