The Perfect Drive | Golf Mentor

Golf Driving Tips to Hit the Perfect Shot

It is better to hit it straight and precisely, so landing on the fairway 150 yards away than to hit it 300 yards, slicing it into the trees.

In the game of golf “It’s the drive that sets up the hole”. If you are a beginner, you may not be able to drive accurately, or to drive the ball a long way. This could dishearten you, so you need to learn the right way to drive the golf ball.

  • Ball position basics: Hitting with a driver is slightly different to hitting with an iron. With an iron one should hit it downward on the ball to hit crisp iron shots. With a driver, the swing is flatter, and the driver club head moves through while making contact with the ball. The driver should also swing with it. The ball must be placed forward in the stance. A good driver basic golf tip is that the ball is aligned with the heel of the left foot (approximately three balls left of center for right hand players).

  • Posture basics: Good postural control, spinal mobility and muscle balance will helps you get club control and help you drive a ball. To improve mobility and muscle balance, agility stretching exercises are a must for beginners. As you get to a higher level in your game, you may suffer from back, spinal and hand injury so start working out on your fitness level.

    Take a slightly wide stance and tilt to the right (if you are a right handed player) from hips. Maintain your arm speed to the finish even while following through, as many amateurs end up ‘throwing’ the club at the ball. This can lead to all kinds of misses. As you swing back, keep your arms connected to the body, this makes it more likely the club will come back on the right swing path. If you keep your arms connected at the start of the back swing and you have the right setup position, you are a long way towards hitting a good distance along the fairway.

  • Downswing golf: A great practice drill is to swing the club so you can hear the whoosh sound out of the golf club as the ball reaches its desired destination. Start your downswing in an unhurried and calm way.

    Your driving wood must stay along the ground for at least 20 percent of the swing. Maintain the angle of your leading hand and avoid flipping your leading hand up on the downswing.The leading hand (left hand for most players, right hand for southpaws) should be angled down towards the ball on the downswing.

    It's like you are hitting the ball with the back of your hand. If your left hand is flipping up on the downswing, your contact will not be effective and you keep missing. Maintaining your club face angle keeps the ball low and lets it climb on its own through your generated power.

    As a beginner, practicing the drill mentioned above can lay the foundation to becoming a golf player. Get some practical experience enjoying your game of golf with an experienced player.Watch how they drive the ball and trail down the fairway, then into the hole.

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