How to Hit With a Golf Driver

By Steve Silverman

The driver is one of the most important clubs in your golf bag. It sets the tone for the round of golf you are about to play. Hit your first drive of the day well and you go on to your next shot with confidence. Hit it poorly and anxiety might take over. It is a difficult club to swing because it is a bit longer and it has less loft than any other club in the bag. However, if you swing it the right way it can get your round of golf off to a brilliant start.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Give yourself a little breathing room with the driver. If you stand 20-to-22 inches away from the ball when you are swinging any other club, give yourself at least another inch when swinging your, driver and more if the club is extra long. You don't want to feel crowded or cramped when swinging it.
Step 2
Keep your pace steady as you begin your backswing. There is no need to "grip it and rip it" just to show your playing partners how strong you are. Instead, begin your swing with a hip turn to the right. Your weight will shift to the right side and your club will come up to shoulder height.
Step 3
Begin your downswing by turning your hips in the opposite direction. This will trigger the rest of your body. You will begin the process of shifting your weight from your right leg to the left so that you can square up the club face with the ball.
Step 4
As you approach the ball you will need to add a bit of speed to your hands and arms. The shaft's length is what will give it the extra power on contact. However, if you do not speed up your arms and hands just a bit, the angle you hit the ball will not be square. Instead, you will be more likely to push the ball to the right because that's the way your club head will be facing on contact.
Step 5
Stay away from the extra large club heads (460 cc) that are becoming so popular today. Those clubs promise an extra large sweet spot. While the manufacturers are not making claims they cannot back up, the club head is so large that it is difficult to control. You still want a controlled swing to hit the ball straight and a club head of 395 cc should be the biggest you attempt to use.

Tips & Warnings

Spend at least 15 minutes working with your driver every time you go to the practice range. Get used to its length and power.

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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