Driving Accuracy vs Driving Distance
On any day at the range, I think I'm safe to say that most of us are hitting driver. The odd player is working on the short game with their wedges but most of us want more distance off the tee. Why do we want more distance and not accuracy? Before I answer that, I think we want more distance because we want to mimic our favourite PGA or LPGA players on tour. We want to see if we could get more distance from the equipment we have. We see the pros do it week after week and it seems so effortlessly. They just swing easy and pow! The ball practically explodes off the club face and flies 300+ yards down the fairway. Distance is a big thing for amateurs like us. If our drivers don't behave, it's sold or traded in for the next big thing. As long as we can get 5 yards more with the same swing, we are willing to part with our old driver and get a new one.
How to Hit your Driver Better
This excellent video shows you how to find the bottom of your swing which is important when you're hitting driver because you want to hit up on the ball. The centre of gravity must be right behind the golf ball so that when it hits the club face, your swing is on the way up. This will launch the ball to the intended trajectory.
For more distance: Add a draw to your drive
If you want to add more distance to your drives, watch this video to add a draw in your swing. Drawing the ball will add distance to your drive because the ball will advance further once it hits the ground.
Driving the Ball - Long and Straight
If you want to hit the ball a long way, try watching this video. Dave suggests that you address the ball in a more athletic position and reach for the ball. By reaching for the ball, you give yourself plenty of room to swing the club through the impact zone. Another tip I'm familiar to, is to swing your club above the ball as though you are doing a baseball swing. When you're ready to address the ball, bend from your waist. Position the ball where the clubhead touches the ground. Now swing and hit it long and straight.
Hit it Straighter
Most of us would love to hit our drives straighter. With this video, you can see how you can groove your swing and hit straighter shots. The only problem practicing this move is that you will need a practice range that lets you put a stake into the ground. Look for a driving range that offers grass tees as oppose to artificial mats.
Driving the Ball Requires a Firm Base
Next time you are on the driving range, imagine teeing it up at the Crossings in Carlsbad where your first tee shot has to clear 180 yards of bush. To get on the fairway, your ball has to carry 180 yards and straight too. There is no bail out whatsoever because it's trouble left or right of straight.
Driving a ball to a target fairway is not easy for the average player. It takes guts, patience and lots of confidence. But most importantly, you have to have good fundamentals.
Tom never gave his brand new Taylormade ball a chance when he teed it up on hole # 1 at the Crossings. His problem was his feet. Tom had active feet, meaning that as soon as he was at the top of his backswing, he was moving. He would take a step forward with his left foot and twist his right foot so to plant his heel. By the time his club returned to address, his club was searching for the ball. His body would react and his arms would fold. The ball was nowhere in his new impact zone. The result...his ball dribbled off the tee and rolled into the gully.