Power Driving

Hitting bigger, more powerful drives is just a few tips away.

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As an instructor, it can be a challenge to get students to work on chipping and putting—however, they would drop anything to be able to spend time at the range working on their tee shots! Driving the ball longer and straighter is the ultimate goal for most, and there’s no club they wouldn’t buy if they thought it would help them drive the ball like Tiger Woods! While that goal may be a bit out of reach, there’s no doubt that we all can improve our driving by making relatively simple adjustments to our technique. Follow along as I take you through four distinct parts of the swing that, if optimized, will absolutely improve your driving and allow you to reach your power potential!

The Setup
A proper setup is critical to giving you a chance to drive the ball with maximum power. Be sure to carefully adopt these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to longer tee shots. Many amateur players, both low- and high-handicappers alike, as well as many Tour players, swing down too much with their drivers. The driver has the least loft of any club in the bag excluding the putter, yet we know that with today’s golf balls they can hit the ball prodigious distances as long as the initial launch angle is adequate (at least 14 degrees). How do you accomplish this if your driver only has 9 to 10 degrees of loft? The simple answer is to swing level, or even better, slightly up on the ball with your driver! To get set up to accomplish this task, make sure the ball is positioned opposite your left heel. Adopt a relatively wide stance and tilt your upper body behind the golf ball. Tee your ball high and give yourself the feeling that you’re going to try to swing up on the ball and launch it almost straight up in the air.

At The Top
Now let’s not undo everything we set up to accomplish! With the same goal in mind of swinging up through the ball and launching it high in the air, concentrate on getting your weight loaded up behind the ball as you reach the top of your backswing. Your hips and shoulders should turn to the top and you should feel pressure in your right heel (for a righty). Obviously, one of the most common mistakes amateur players make at the top of the swing is shifting their weight onto their front foot. You probably know this mistake best as a reverse-pivot, and it can make producing power and accuracy very difficult. A great way to combat this bad position is to keep your right knee flexed (with weight on it) at the top of the swing. 

Teeing the ball correctly is
a critical part of maximizing your driving distance. Today’s drivers mandate that at least half the ball
sits above the top of the club’s crown.

Notice how my back is turned completely away from the target at the top of the swing. This move helps get
my weight behind
the ball.

To avoid a power -sapping reverse-pivot, make an effort to keep your right knee flexed as you reach the top of the backswing.


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