Mastering your drive can really elevate your golf game to a new level.
Any golfer that has an ability to drive the ball far down the green is automatically has an advantage on his competition.
But any pro can also tell you that it’s not as easy as just swinging harder or getting stronger. Technique ultimately is what helps you develop the perfect golf swing.
Here are 5 golf driving tips to improve your game.
1. Perfect Your Grip
Everyone’s grip is a little different on the club. What feels right for you might not work for others, but if it helps you hit the ball farther, it’s probably the way to go.
Many golfers think that grip must be the same for every shot. There’s a case to be made that this is true—but you might also find success by adjusting your grip to the course you’re playing, too.
Keep in mind that:
- A looser grip on the club will add loft to your shot.
- A tighter grip can help you hook the ball (great for complex courses).
Play around with it and see if your experiments yield a farther drive.
2. Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Where you hit the ball off the tee determines how far the ball goes (and where it goes, too, for that matter).
Keeping your eye on the ball also helps you master the follow through of your drive, which will help add extra yards to your swing.
Make sure you have the right gear to promote these skills. A set of same height golf tees can help remove variables from your swing so you can focus on these two things.
3. Stop Smashing the Ball
It might sound counterintuitive, but golf is a game of finesse first. Power comes later. (As you’ll see in the next section.)
In any sport, not just golf, fundamentals are the most important thing. Taking two steps back to really hone in on your technique can actually add distance to your drives.
Go through all the points: your stance, your grip, your swing and follow through. Perhaps even work with a golf pro for a session or two to dial in your form.
4. Hit the Gym
There’s a reason very few pro golfers are out of shape. (And the ones who are still look like they’re pretty strong.)
Being strong is an advantage to your game, especially when driving. Adding strength and power to your frame will not only improve your shot, but also protect you from injuries so you can keep playing.
Work especially on your hip flexors, obliques, abs, lower back, shoulders and arm muscles.
5. Play the Mental Game
If you play, you know golf can be a frustrating game. Sometimes, forgetting about a bad shot is the key to improving your drive.
In fact, it’s not a bad idea to have a mental routine or checklist you go through every time you drive. Whatever you have to do to clear your mind and line up the shot, you should do.
Drill this and eventually it will become second nature.
Golf Driving Tips to Master Your Swing
These 5 golf driving tips are ones anyone can use and will add distance to your swings when applied.
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