How to Swing a Golf Driver

By Steve Silverman

The driver is a club with great power. It is the biggest club in your bag and the club you are likely use to tee off with on all par fours and par fives. Many golfers obsess about their driver and often think about how they will swing with it on the first tee. While you can have a great round even if you don't drive well, most golfers love nothing more than to power the ball down the middle with their driver.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Tee the ball up at least an inch once you step into the tee box. You need to tee the ball up high when hitting with the driver because it has very little loft. The angle on the club face is nearly perpendicular, so to get the ball up in the air you must tee it up high.
Step 2
Take your stance after teeing the ball up. Make sure that the ball is a little closer to your front foot than your back foot as you take your stance. As you swing, you want to make impact with the ball just as you begin your upswing.
Step 3
Stand about 20 to 24 inches from the ball. You want to bend your knees slightly and even though the club is the longest one you have, you don't want to feel like you are reaching for the ball.
Step 4
Swing normally with your driver and do not try to overpower the ball. The natural tendency with a driver is to swing harder in order to get the maximum distance from the big club. But in actuality, swinging harder will rarely help you. Instead, a well-paced swing with a full hip turn and maximum extension will produce more distance than swinging harder.
Step 5
Take your driver to the driving range. You want to feel comfortable with a club that can be difficult to control. You need to build a repeatable swing and the most important club to do that with is your driver. Don't try to bomb the ball all the way to the far fence which is more than 300 yards away. Always use a controlled swing and make sure that you are fundamentally correct.

Tips & Warnings

Breathe normally on the tee. Many golfers walk up to the first tee, hold their breath and bomb away. Even breathing and an even stroke will generally bring more consistent results.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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