Want to crank out 25 more yards off the tee? And do it without taking a golf lesson. A study done by Golf Digest indicates that you can add 25+ yards to your drives by “hitting from the inside.” That would take your game to the next level. That would be great, wouldn’t it? When we say “coming from the inside” we mean swinging inside the target line. In other words, you approach the ball from the side of the target line nearest you. That generates an inside-out swing path. That, in turn, boosts power and control. Many weekend golfers, however, swing on the target line’s far side. That produces an outside in swing, which can rob you of power and consistency. Coming from the outside also makes it hard to achieve the right launch angle, preventing you from getting a lot of height on the shot. If you’re hitting low lines drives off the tee, this could be why.
Changing Clubs Helps with Control
You don’t always have to hit driver off the tee. You could hit a 3-wood instead. On some holes, you should, especially those that have tight fairways. But dropping down a club costs yardage. That forces you to hit longer approach shots into the green and makes it harder to card birdies and pars. Learn to come from the inside with your driver will erase this problem. But learning to come from the inside can be challenging. Some golfers learn the move slowly. Others learn it quickly. Below are five golf tips to help you beat this challenge:
1. Avoid going too far inside on your takeaway
Going back too far on the inside of your takeaway is deadly. It forces you to re-route the club to the outside. That’s known as coming over the top—a deadly swing fault that comes from only turning your shoulders on the takeaway. Hinging your wrists early on your takeaway, however, eliminates the flaw and encourages an inside-out swing.
2. Eliminate swaying back and forth
Swaying occurs when you shift your weight from your front foot to your back foot, then back again to your front foot. That often leads to a common swing flaw called a reverse pivot. The flaw can cause you to make a downswing that’s too steep. That makes it a hard time to come from the inside. To correct this flaw, put a chair with its back to you about a couple of inches from your back hip at address. Now swing. If you hit the chair on the way back, you’ve swayed. Instead, work on turning your hips at address and missing the chair. It also boosts your chances of coming inside on your downswing.
3. Make a full shoulder turn
Ideally, you want to make a full 90-degree turn during your backswing. That stores power in your swing and prepares you for your downswing. But many golfers aren’t flexible enough to make a full turn. Failing to turn enough robs you of power and costs you a yardage. Here’s a golf drill that helps you ingrain full a shoulder turn: Lay a club on the ground inside your back foot and perpendicular to the target line. Take another club and hold it across your chest under your armpits. Now, turn your upper body so the clubhead goes past the club on the ground. Keep practicing this move until you’ve ingrained a full shoulder turn in your swing.
4. Create enough space at the top
Creating too little space at the top of your swing is a common swing flaw. You have to create sufficient space between your right hand (left, if you’re left handed) and your back ear at the top of your backswing. Otherwise, you won’t have room to come down from the inside. How do you know if you create enough room between your hand and ear? That’s easy. Take the club back with your right hand only and stop at the top. Now, look at the club’s position. Do you have enough room between your hand and your ear? If you do, grip the club with your other hand. If not, try the takeaway again. This time extend your right hand back and away from your head as far as you can. Taking this position on your backswing makes coming from the inside easier.
5. Keep your shoulders closed
Keeping your shoulders closed forces you to swing from the inside. That, in turn, helps produce draws off the tee. Draws run when they hit the ground, adding extra yards to your drive. Fades, on the other hand, hardly run, so you lose the extra yards off the tee you get with a draw. Use the golf tips and golf drills above to groove an inside-out swing path. Inside-out swings generate power and control off the tee. Hitting longer, straighter drives takes pressure off your short game. You’ll hit more greens in regulation and carve out more birdies and pars in the process. Learning to come from the inside takes you a step closer to mastering your golf driver swing. Doing that takes your game to the next level and boosts your chances of breaking 80.
Use This Golf Tip to Master Your Golf Driver Swing
The first foot or so of your golf driver swing is the most critical. It establishes the tempo, rhythm, and swing path—key elements of a good swing. Take the club back low and slow, and you’ll hit one long and straight like the pros do. Some, like Ernie Els, say the words “low and slow” to themselves during the takeaway. They match the clubhead speed to what they’re saying internally. That helps them control the tempo of their swing. Other pros, like Bob Murphy, use visualization to control his swing tempo. He “sees” a traffic light in his head to gauge swing speed. He starts with the traffic light on yellow, which reminds him to move the club back slowly. Then at the top, he “sees” the light switch to red at the top. That reminds him to pause at the before starting his downswing. Then the light switches to green, which helps him make a smooth transition. speeds up his swing speed ugh impact and beyond. Another way to perfect your take away is to practice the takeaway drill below, It, too, helps you groove a low and slow takeaway: Grip your driver’s club shaft a few inches below the club’s handle. Place the club’s butt end against your stomach, at a point just above your belt. Now practice making small swings, concentrating on keeping your arms close to your sides with the club touching your navel. This golf drill helps you maintain the “triangle” you create between your arms and the club at the start of your golf driver swing. Plus, it ingrains a one-piece takeaway that’s low and slow—the perfect speed for a great swing. Remember what this feels like when taking a full swing at the range. Add one of the mental tricks we talked about above, and you’ll have the recipe for a great takeaway—one that helps you hit them long and straight off the tee.
Maximize Power Off the Tee with this Golf Drill
If you’re serious about breaking 80, you need to hit as many greens in regulation as possible. That cuts strokes from your scores and your golf handicap. To do that, though, you may need to hit longer drives. That means you need to squeeze every ounce of power out of your driver without overswinging. Hitting it long and far leaves you shorter and easier approach shots. But if you’re not doing that, it could be because you swing down on the ball, like you swing your irons. That causes pop-ups, thin shots, and worm burners. To generate more power from the tee, you need to swing up on the ball. That helps you hit the ball higher, straighter, and farther.
Swinging Up Golf Drill
Put a ball on the tee, then place a head cover about a foot or so in front of the ball. Now set up to hit a driver as you normally would. Make sure your head and your sternum are behind the ball. That helps you hit the ball on the upswing. Now, take a swing. You’ll have to swing up on the ball to avoid hitting the head cover the golf drill’s main goal. If you hit the head cover, you’re using an iron swing and not a golf driver swing. In other words, you’re swinging down on the ball, not up. Practice this golf drill as often as you can. It ingrains your ability to hit up on the ball with the driver. Keep working on this drill until hitting up is second nature, maximizing both power and increasing club control. Longer drives produce easier approach shots and help you hit more greens in regulation. That boosts your chances of making par or birdies—the secret to breaking 80 consistently.