An integral part of your golf game, driving is loved by some and hated by others. No doubt, those who hate to use their driver off the tee, invariably struggle with consistent drives. The thing is, if you can improve your driving, lower scores lay just around the corner! In this article, we will take a look at a number of tips that will go a long way to making your drives more consistent.
Your downswing is a crucial part of hitting the perfect drive. Your backswing, however, is just as important. It helps to create the energy which is then released through your downswing, into the ball, sending it down the fairway. If you struggle with your drives, try pausing between the backswing and the downswing, just for a second. Remember, the backswing itself can be a very slow and deliberate movement, making sure you are setup to hit the ball correctly. This simple routine should help. Begin by starting your backswing very slowly, for the first three feet at least. Slowly introduce both your shoulder and hip turn as you normally would. Finally, at the top of your swing aim to get all movements to stop in unison – the club, arms, shoulders, and hips. Pause a second and unleash your downswing!
If you can feel your right thigh bearing much of the pressure at the top of your swing, you know you are starting to make progress. This is what you should be aiming for every time you pull out your driver. It indicates that your backswing is pretty much perfect in terms of speed and setup. The pressure you feel will translate into power for your downswing.
Many golf newbies (and even some more experienced players) don’t understand when to start their downswing. Use the coiled energy in your right thigh as an indicator that your backswing is finished and you are ready for the downswing. At this point, aim to turn your right shoulder downwards and not across. This stops you from rising up too quickly which can result in the ball traveling to the right from the tee-box.
Concentrating on your weight shift can also have a profound effect on your drive. When you reach the top of your swing, around 60 percent of your weight must be over your right leg. While swinging down, transfer the weight to your left leg. If you don’t, no doubt you will fetch your ball out of bounds more often than not. Aim to transfer the weight from your right foot through to your left leg, ending in your left big toe.
Check your swing in front of the mirror, constantly ensuring that you adhere to the weight transfer as mentioned above. Also, focus on lining up your left hip and your left foot, making sure that your weight does not end up in your left heel but the toe instead. Keeping your left hip and foot in line will almost always result in a decent swing, especially with the proper weight transference.
While making your practice swing on each hole, consider trying to do it in slow-motion. This helps you to feel that each mechanical part of your swing, both the backswing and downswing, are working properly. It also means you can check that your balance is correct prior to your actual drive.
You might be the most naturally talented golfer in the world, but without practice, no part of your game is going to improve. The same is true for driving. Take time to practice, even if it is in your own back garden. You don’t have to hit balls. Just focus on swing mechanics and all the points raised above. In next to no time, you will be accurate off the tee and add distance to your game.