Golf driving tips


For most golfers, it’s a hands/arms effort. There is a tiny, little pivot, then
an abrupt lifting of the arms because that’s the only way they can make a
backswing. And, from the top, since there has been virtually no turn, the only
way back to ball is with the hands. Watch the Olympic athletes. Skaters, divers,
gymnasts all keep the upper parts of their arms close to their body when
turning. The same is true for the golf swing. The reasoning is simple. The
closer you keep the upper arms to the body, the faster you can turn. It also
assures that you will create a power producing turn rather than a lift and chop.


Quick Fix For Drives

The following adjustments to your position at address are easy to make, and
will quickly improve the striking, trajectory, and distance of your drives.
Really, it will.  And if it doesn’t, go back and re-read this!!!!

Tee the ball a little higher than normal (i.e. get BIGGER tees!!!), and play it
forward in your stance, opposite the instep of your left foot (REMEMBER!!! On
drives, your feet do not point directly ahead, i.e. they don’t point towards
where you eyes are looking. They should be slightly spread apart for BALANCE!!).
Widen your stance slightly, and put 60 – 65% of your weight on your right foot
AND side. Your head and your hands should be placed slightly behind the ball
(this insures everything is set up correctly). AS ALWAYS, maintain a light grip
pressure, relax your body and don’t ground the clubhead – hover it slightly
above the turf. This is extremely difficult to do, I realize, but there is a
reason.  I am not sure what it is, but it just does work better.  This is
probably the HARDEST STEP in this process!!

The grip must be in your fingers, not in the palm.

Combined, these adjustments will make it a lot easier for you to make a full
and free shoulder turn, create a wide arc and get your body fully turned behind
the ball at the top of your swing. You should be aware of an increase in the
amount of coil that you create which will then enable you to move back to the
left side and accelerate the club through impact with a more powerful ascending,
sweeping motion. Keep your head back (hit up the back of the ball) and attempt
to sweep the ball away without removing the tee-peg. Work on this procedure
wherever you can.  Pretty soon you may well be playing a game with which you are
not familiar.

The most important aspect of this lesson is that you are hitting the ball while
your clubhead is going UP!!  You should always swing THROUGH the ball.  This is
most easily accomplished by trying to hit a spot two inches in front of the

Proper Balance!!!!

By having poor balance at address, you’ll lose power. Take your normal stance,
then imagine: if someone gave you a little push in the center of your back, or
in the middle of your chest, would you fall over? What if someone tugged on the
club-would you fall forward? If someone could easily push you over from behind
(or pull you forward by tugging on the club), you have too much weight toward
your toes; if someone can push you over from the front, that means that you have
too much weight on your heels. Take a solid athletic stance, with your weight
evenly distributed on the balls of your feet. Staying in balance will lead to
better rhythm, more consistent shot making and longer shots.

Now, when you start hitting the ball a little farther and straighter, I want to hear

about it.  If it doesn’t work, hey, it’s free
advice, what do you want??  You think we are going to put BAD testimonies in our
feedback column??? (well, actually we will, if enough people complain that our
tips are WRONG!!)


  1. I tip my hat to anyone that is willing to post articles that is intended to help golfers develop a better swing. I agree with almost everything you have posted in this article. The one thing I disagree with is not hitting the tee. Today’s drivers have higher faces and higher sweet spots. If you do not hit the tee you will be hitting the ball too low on the club face and not on the sweet spot. Keep posting, I enjoy your articles. Tom DiPietro

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