Driving Drills to Help You Dominate Your Golf Game
It all starts with the tee off. Your initial drive will make or break how you play the rest of the hole and could be the difference between a birdie or a bogey on our two Nicklaus designed golf courses. Check out these driving tips and drills to help you hit the ball farther and more accurately to take your golf game to the next level.
Before you take your swing, it is of utmost importance for your posture and form to be set. A house is built on a solid foundation and your driving game is no different. First, approach the ball and set your feet shoulder-width apart. It’s also important to distribute your weight evenly, not favoring any leg individually. Next, focus on aligning your body to play the ball off the heel of your right foot for left-handers or off the heel of your left foot for right-handers. This alignment will help you connect with the ball during the upswing, allowing for greater airtime and distance.
Experiment with Your Grip
You have a solid driving stance, now play around with your grip for whatever is most comfortable yet maintains control. Pro tip: grip the driver lightly. Players tend to clench the club too tightly which can cause inconsistencies in your play. Relax your grip, this will allow the driver to turn over easily in your hands, creating club head speed and control through the impact zone.
Learn to Trust Your Swing
Spend some quality time on the range to practice and get comfortable with your technique. Once it’s time to play the course, trust your swing. Know that you have put in the time and be confident on your drive. Trusting your swing will allow you to strike more confidently and you won’t waste the time or energy overanalyzing and overthinking your mechanics. Lastly, always remember swing through the ball and not at it.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to head out to the driving range and try out a couple simple drills to better your golf game.
Driving Distance Drill
For distance control, approach your tee and try hitting balls with your driver only to the 100-yard flag or marker, then 125-yards, then 150, then 175, gradually moving to a normal distance for your driver. This will help you better understand driving distances and begin mastering your and placement for any par hole.
Close Your Eyes
It’s time to become one with your driver and swing. Closing your eyes as you practice your swing will not only allow less visual distractions, but forces you to feel the position of your club, the face angle, swing plane/path and how your body position changes throughout the movement. We suggest only trying this when the range is empty.
Impact Drill with Spray
The impact of the golf ball is crucial but sometimes difficult to determine. In comes this great and unconventional drill from GolfWRX. At a local convenience store, purchase a can of athlete’s foot spray powder. Spray the face of your driver (note: it will not damage the club and the spray can be easily removed with a wet towel) and make a plus sign by dividing the face into four quadrants. After your swing, check the face to determine where you have made impact on the club face and adjust accordingly.
If you’re headed out for a round at Superstition Golf and Country Club, one of the best private golf courses in AZ, give these tips and drills a try! For more tips check out Go the Distance with Your Driver and 3 Easy Golf Swing Tips. If you would like more specific instruction, our team is ready to help. To learn more about our top-notch golf education, call 480-983-1411.