What do Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth all have in common? They’re all FedEx Cup champions. Rose won his award last month—just beating out Tiger Woods. Thomas his won in 2017, McIlroy his in 2016, and Spieth his in 2015.
These players all have something else in common. They’re all solid ballstrikers. In fact, it’s not unusual for these players to average 300 yards or more on their drives during a tournament. That, in turn, helps set them up for shorter, easier approach shots, increasing their chances of making birdies and pars.
Adding More Yards Is Hard
But hitting bombs from the tee box isn’t easy. Switching to a driver with a higher degree of loft can help. It improves launch angle, lowers the effects of sidespin, and maintains ball speed. It also boosts accuracy. But just switching drivers won’t help you pump out the kind of yardage that takes your game to the next level.
If you’re serious about improving your game, you’ll work on belting out straighter, longer drives on-demand. Below are six golf driving tips that can help you do that:
- Keep your swing under control — It’s easy to overswing when trying to carve out more yards off the tee. Overswinging, however, encourages overturning on your backswing. That, in turn, causes your legs to outrun your arms. It also causes you to tilt away from the target to counterbalance your overswinging. Both swing faults are deadly. Swinging under control, however, generates solid contact and laser-like drives.
- Push your arms away from your head — When your arms get too close to your head, bad things happen. For one thing, you tend to throw the club from the top. For another, you hang back on the right side (left side for left-handers) and uncock your wrists too early. The result: You push your shots to the right. Pushing your hands away from your head promotes a wider swing arc, which delivering more raw power off the tee.
- Hinge your wrists as you turn back — Make sure you hinge your wrists as you go back, and not just turn your shoulders. Just turning your shoulders pulls the club too far inside. That encourages you to re-route the club to far outside the target line. That’s deadly. Instead, hinge your wrists as you go back. That eliminates this swing fault and unleashes awesome power when you uncock wrists during the downswing.
- Turn instead of rocking back and forth — Rocking back and forth, or swaying, during your backswing leads to a reverse pivot—another deadly swing fault. Swaying sets up a too steep downing swing that makes it hard to swing down from the inside. Instead, stay rock solid in your lower body, while turning your upper body. That store’s energy in your swing which you can unleash on your downswing.
- Creating too little space — Make sure you create sufficient space between your hands and your left ear or you won’t have enough room to be able to swing down on the ball. To make sure you do that, take the club back with your right hand and stop. Look at your hand to ensure you have plenty of room between your hand and your head. If you do, grip the club with your other hand. This setup is a good top of the swing position.
- Keep back leg flexed — Overturning your shoulders forces your legs to run out in front of you on the downswing, causing your spine to tilt, as we said above. This fault leads to an out-to-in swing path that produces pushes and hooks. To prevent this, keep your back knee flexed through the swing. This move restricts your hip turn, resulting in a more controlled rotation. It also prevents your arms and hands from getting too deep in the swing and positions them perfectly to swing back to the ball on a straighter path.
Ingrain these six golf driving tips in your swing, and you’ll find yourself hitting bombs off the tee. Of course, you probably won’t hit them as far as some of the FedEx champs mentioned above, but you will hit drives that will help you card more birdies and pars, lowering your scores and elevating your game to the next level.
How to Hit Laser-Like Drives: 3 Golf Driving Tips
Does your swing feel stiff and awkward? Sometimes golfers focus so much on the swing’s mechanics that they unconsciously blot out everything else. Swings that are too mechanical in nature can short-circuit power and hamper accuracy. Neither is good when hitting from the tee box. Using the right visuals, however, can help you hit laser-like bombs that split the middle.
Below are three proven visual cues from PGA and LPGA pros that you can use to bend the ball to your will:
- Picture three planes
- Square the shaft
- Turn left, look right
While the visual aids below are powerful golf driving tips, they also work well when hitting irons into the green:
- Picture three planes — To get your torso, hips, and club to work together on a swing, picture three discs of different color encircling your body—one around your chest, one around your hips, and one resting on the plane established by the shaft at address. When swinging, visualize yourself keeping each body part within its assigned plane, and the discs running parallel to each other from start to finish.
- Square the shaft — A good swing squares up your left arm with your ball at impact. To help you do this, see the shaft as an extension of your left arm that you keep straight, instead of rolling your wrists. That’s the action you need to hit it flush. Also, to help you square the shaft and catch shots right on the button, try mimicking a pre-swing waggle through impact.
- Turn left, look right — To stop slicing, you need to get your shoulders to work correctly, which often means turning them more than you usually do. To do that as you settle into your stance, picture your shoulders rotating so far left of the target that you have to turn your head to the right to see the ball. Use this visual aid to help you keep your swing on plane, so you can catch the ball square with your club on the correct swing path.
Use these three visual aids to help you turn a mechanical swing into one that’s smoother, more rhythmical, and more fluid. That type of swing will help you hit the ball farther and straighter with much less effort.
Hit Bombs Off the Tee with This Golf Drill
Physical skill. Mental concentration. Confidence. These are the ingredients of a powerful swing bombs them off the tee. You’re more likely to obtain this goal on the driving range than the course. The drill below helps you do that:
- Put your feet together
- Start with mini-swings and proceed to full swings when you begin making solid contact.
- Take full swings at 50-percent power.
- Concentrate on this counting sequence during your swing: 1-2 going back on the backswing and 3 on the downswing.
- Focus on extending your clubhead down the target line with a high follow-through position.
- Keep your grip pressure light and body tension free both at address and during the swing.
- Hit balls using your driver to the 100-yard flag or marker, then 125 yards, then 150, then 175, gradually moving to a normal distance for your driver.
- Swing thought to keep in mind: Tell yourself, “Swing through the ball” NOT “at the ball.”
Work on this drill at the driving range and you’ll find yourself belting out the kind of bombs from the tee box you’ve only dreamed of hitting before.