Drills to Help You Drive Better

By Marc Jenkins

Every round of golf begins with one of the most essential factors of the game: driving the ball. There isn't a single golfer who did not wish he possessed the ability to drive the ball better every single time out. No matter how much practice that a golfer endures, unless he understand the correct drills and exercises to improve his driving, it won't really help significantly. These proper drills and exercises when followed correctly could mean the difference between a 200-yard and a 125-yard attempt.

Deep Drive Drill

The deep drive drill is one of the more common practiced drills used for improving a golfer's driving game. It is very simple but extremely effective. Begin with a couple of mini-swings to loosen up and then go on to full swings once you are ready. Place both feet together and stroke the ball with a full swing, using only 50 percent of your strength. Be sure to count to the number two during your back swing and then to three while in your downswing (if you do not count properly, there will be a good chance either your back or down swing will be compromised, which will then alter your drive completely).

Next extend the clubhead down to the ball with a high follow through position while allowing your body to remain at ease with zero tension and pressure. If at a driving range (the optimal place to practice any driving drill) then begin by aiming for the 100-yard marker and then gradually attempt to hit a marker which is 25 yards further than the last. Continue to do this until you are confident that you have mastered it and remember don't swing at the ball, swing through it.

The Hip Turn Drill

The hip turn drill is actually a drill that can be used with any club in any situation and is exceptionally beneficial in terms of driving the ball. The purpose of this drill is to gain total alignment of the hips. Begin by swinging the driver at 50 percent with one arm while keeping your body squared. Once you have struck the ball, you should notice if your hips stayed correctly aligned or not. If they did, then you are doing a great job and the productivity will show up on your scorecard at the end of the round. If you didn't, then you may need to spend some more time with this drill.

Give No Quarter Drill

The give no quarter drill is another highly effective drill that will leave you consistently driving the ball better. This drill helps golfers develop a complete sense of balance on their drives and swings. The first step is executed by placing a quarter on the foot of your lead leg before swinging. Take your normal approach at the ball, not even thinking about the quarter that is there. The objective of this drill is to keep the quarter on your foot while driving the ball. If the quarter remains there, you are swinging correctly if not, then you have some more work to do. At the end of completing this drill successfully, you will possess the optimal balance that you will need to help achieve your desired results on the course.

About The Author

Marc Jenkins has been writing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, and he is also co-host of the Double Play Sports Hour, a sports talk radio show on WBCR 1090AM in New York City. He studied English and mass communications at Virginia State University.

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