Golf Tips For Better Distance and Control from Your Driver
Most golfers wish they could hit 300-yard drives down the center of the fairway every single time. Not all golfers can achieve this type of length, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add 10 or 15 yards to your drives. Here are some tips for your driver, that might help you achieve a bit more length and accuracy off the tee.
Golf Tips for Driving
1. Posture – The number one thing I see amateur golfer do is set up with bad posture. If your back is rounded and you don’t find balance in your set up it will cause many inconsistencies in your swing.
Many golfers were never taught posture and this causes many issues on the course. Posture with your driver doesn’t look the same as with your wedges or irons. It’s the only club most golfers hit on the way up instead of the way down. This gives you a launching type of feel and you can really gain distance by hitting the ball on the way up instead of on the way down. If you perfect your posture, you will be able to hit the ball further.
2. Over swinging – Another thing many amateur golfers do is over swing. They swing for the fences and find the ball goes nowhere or goes out a little ways and takes a sharp curve to the right or left. This comes from trying to kill the ball and not staying under control. You don’t need to swing slow, but you do need to figure out how fast you can swing and still maintain complete control of your swing.
3. Your Core Muscles – The core muscles in your stomach area make a huge difference in your golf swing. If you strengthen these muscles, you will swing better and you will hit the ball further. These muscles also help to support your lower back and if you suffer from lower back pain, you want to work strengthen these muscles for less pain, as well.
4. The Turn – Probably the most important of the golf tips is the turn. Many golfers don’t understand that power comes from turning the upper body against the lower body. If you watch PGA golfers on television, they almost always keep their lower body very still (as the base) and turn their upper body against it.This creates power and if you stabilize your lower body, you will certainly gain more distance off the tee.
5. Grip Down – Gripping down will not give you more overall distance, of course, but it will help you gain accuracy. If you struggle with hitting wayward tee shots or you just start hitting them bad on a specific day, sacrifice a little overall distance and put one in the fairway by gripping down. (This is also known as choking up, but we don’t use negative words in golf, so we call it gripping down.)
6. Toe Wins the Race – Most golfers that struggle with accuracy and distance slice the ball. To help you cure your slice think about the toe of the club reaching the ball before the heel. If this happens, you will cut down on your slice quite a bit and if you cut out the slice, you will certainly gain more distance off the tee.
7. Back to the Target – One thing you can take on the course with you, especially if you tend to pull the golf ball, is my personal swing thought. Try to keep your back to the target as long as you can when swinging.
This helps to give you the hip bump you need to transition from the top of the swing to the impact position and will help many golfers with distance and accuracy. Not all of the above tips may apply to you, but the few that do can really help you gain the distance you desire from the tee box. With these golf driving tips, you can really find the fairway more often and lessen the length of your approach shots.
These tips will give you better distance and control off the tee in no time at all. And for more golf tips on other aspects of your game that need improving go to True Mastery of Golf.
Golf Lessons for Beginners Learning Golf
Golf lessons for beginners aren’t cheap. You need to compress as much as you can from golf instructor in the session you spend with him. Here are some general tips, questions and answers which can help you get the most benefit from your golf instructions.
1. How do I find the best golf instructors or golf lessons for beginners?
The best way is to ask for a recommendation from a friend whose opinion you trust. If you can’t do this, try asking at your local golf club or golf shop. Look in the Yellow Pages or buy DVD classes from Amazon after you read the customer reviews.
2. How much does golf lesson cost?
Fees run around $40-$50 an hour. Some places are more expensive, where they charge around $100 an hour. This varies from pro to pro. If price really matters to you, buying a DVD course or online course maybe a better option for you.
3. Should I get my clubs custom fitted before going for my golf lessons?
Views here are divided here. For the novice golfer the answer is probably no. Wait until you have developed a consistent swing before looking at custom fitting. However, ask your golf instructor, he’s opinion should be more accurate then go with his advice.
In any case, you should get your clubs re-gripped, especially if you are using hand-me-downs or second-hand clubs. Having the correct sized grips facilitates holding the club firmly. A persistent slice or hook can be repaired cured once the grips are fixed.
4. Do I need to tip my golf instructor?
That depends – how much did you get out of your golf lessons? One thing to keep in mind is that most pros only take home 50% to 70% of what you pay them. The rest goes to the golf course or school. Therefore, they are much like waiters.
5. Should I get golf swing instructions A) from a pro; or B) from a certified golf instructor?
In theory, the certified golf instructor is trained to teach golf swing lessons, while the pro is someone who knows how to play very well too. However, see the answer to question #1 – in practice, who minds whether your golf instructor is certified or not as long as he can instruct you well!
6. How many golf lessons do I need?
That really depends on how quickly you learn. More importantly, if you have the option, try to break up your lessons – once per month should give you enough time to practice in between on your own.
After you complete your beginner’s lessons, you should consider setting up extra follow up lessons. There are two core motives for this:
- Many week-end golfers are inclined to pick up bad golf habits over time. Their golf swing techniques slowly develop mistakes and they begin to play worse. Follow-up lessons will help you to hold the slide in your game.
- For those who manage to practice, you’ll find your ability hitting a plateau. Follow-up lessons will allow your golf instructor to teach you extra skills, like hitting a fade or draw, and how to control the spin of your ball. All of these will give you improved accuracy in your swing.
Practice The Driving Range
You might think that spending any time on the driving range would assist improve your golf game, however if you are just hitting balls to hit balls do not anticipate to break 90.
When the pros practice, they practice with a purpose. They work on particular shots and alternately hit hooks and fades to prepare them for whatever shot they are going to face out on the course.
Consistency is the key to scoring low in golf and that starts by developing a solid swing. To repeat the swing in the same manner over and over again it is essential to develop a pre-shot routine.
Take your stance in the same manner, take a look at your target and give the club a little waggle before you start. This routine should be used every time you step out onto the driving range to practice
Tempo and shaping shots are other things to work on, on the practice range. Try to always take the club back at a slow steady pace and then accelerate through the ball. On the practice range, experiment will ball placement in your stance to see how it affects the flight of the ball. If you move the ball back in your stance you will hit a fade (bending back to the left for lefties) and if you place the ball a little more forward than usual you will hit a draw (left to right movement for lefties).
It is important to have a golf plan even for practice. Warm up by hitting a few shots with your pitching wedge and then start with your short irons. After you are loose begin to try for different targets on the driving range with the same club. Go through your pre-shot routine just as you would if you were in the middle of the round. Once you have concluded your iron work break out the driver. Your golf plan should include very specific goals as you work with the driver. Don’t just see how far you can hit it, work on your accuracy and see how many balls in a row you can keep in the fairway.
Make sure you complete your practice by spending some time on the putting green. Hit chip shots and putts. One good drill is to work on getting up and down from different spots around the green. First hit your chip and then get out the putter just as you would on the course and work on getting the ball in the hole.
Golf Course Management
If you are having cutting a few strokes off your score, the problem may not be your golf swing or putting stroke. For many golfers, poor course management is what is holding them back. Going for birdie every time can often lead to a bogey or worse and poor decision making may be what is holding you back.
Every shot you make should be carefully thought through. You should not only consider what happens if you hit the ideal shot but what if you catch it thin or fade it a bit too much to the left. No one wants to plan to hit a bad shot but there are many occasions during a round of golf where it will pay to hit a safe shot and avoid trouble. For example, on a long par 5 do you go for the green in two or lay up to your favorite distance for your third shot and try and hit it stiff.
Focus on shot making as you travel the course. If you are playing a long par three with water on the right, make sure that if you miss the green it is going to be to the left so you can still make par. If the water is in front of the green, go with an extra club just in case you catch the ball a little thin so you won’t end up in the water. Smart golfers will play to avoid that one big number on the scorecard which will kill any round.
One way that many people practice good golf course management is by visualizing the shot they are about to hit before they hit it. If you are playing into a green, figure out exactly where you want to see the ball come down and picture it landing there. This mental exercise also will work with chips and putts. For that pitch shot, determine where you need to land the ball on the green so it can roll close to the hole. If you have a bending putt, picture in your mind how you think it is going to break and then get the ball rolling on that line. Visualizing where to hit is a great way to build confidence before you stand up over the ball.