One of the most enjoyable and difficult aspects of golf can be driving the ball. To hit the ball long and straight off the tee, you need to have a balance of strength, restraint, and skill.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a high handicapper or a seasoned golfer; there are always techniques to get better at driving. We’ll go over several pointers and methods on how to drive a golf ball successfully and consistently – from the right grip and posture to the follow-through and practice, to help you improve your game.
Positioning the Ball
To drive a golf ball effectively, it’s important to start by positioning the ball in the center of your stance, slightly forward of center. This will help you make solid contact with the ball and generate maximum distance.
Don’t forget the tee height! The golf ball should sit halfway above the top of the driver’s head.
Taking a wider stance than you would for a normal shot will help you maintain balance and generate more power. Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart and your weight is evenly distributed on both feet:
- Ball should be lined up with left heel (for drivers)
- Ball should be in direct line in front of left ear
- Aim to keep left ear and body just behind that straight line (stay BEHIND the golf ball)
The grip is an important factor in driving a golf ball. Make sure your grip is firm but relaxed. A loose grip will allow you to generate more clubhead speed, which is important for driving the ball.
As you take the club back, turn your shoulders and hips away from the target. This will create room for a full shoulder turn and help you generate maximum power:
- Left arm extended and club straight
- Rotate shoulders and hips (upper body)
- Weight shifts slightly to right heel
Downswing & Impact
As you swing down, try to hit the ball as hard as you can while still maintaining control. This will help you get the maximum distance out of your drive:
- Rotate your hips and upper body through swing
- Maintain tilt
- Stay behind the golf ball until point of contact and hit up into the ball
- Weight shifts to left heel
- At point of impact, the driver shaft should be almost identical to when lined up to tee off
After impact, it’s important to follow through with your swing and let your arms extend fully. This will help you transfer all of the energy you’ve generated into the ball and maximize your distance:
- Arms should continue to stretch and work around the body
- Square club face through the shot (you don’t want the club face pointing up – causing loft)
- Finish with your weight on your left side (for right-handed players)
As with any skill, practice is key to improving your golf driving. The more you practice driving the ball, the better you’ll become at it.
Power, control, and technique must be used in combination to drive a golf ball well. You may enhance your golf driving abilities and advance your game by using the strategies and advice provided in this article.
Aim for maximum power, maintain control, pay attention to your grip and stance, and finish your swing. You’ll soon be driving the ball farther and straighter with practice and commitment.
Remember these suggestions, and don’t be hesitant to seek out further advice from a golf professional or seasoned player.
You’ll be well on your way to mastering the golf driver with the appropriate approach and some hard effort.