Practicing the This Proven Golf Drill Boosts Driver Accuracy, Saves Strokes

Practicing the This Proven Golf Drill Boosts Driver Accuracy, Saves Strokes

Below is a golf drill we use in our golf lessons. It comes courtesy of coach Claude Brousseau, Golf Channel Academy teaching pro. His philosophy is that golfers need to “let go” to gain control of the driver. That, says Brousseau, eliminates the tendency to overcontrol the driver at impact, which cuts down accuracy.

Driving Accuracy Golf Drill

Set up to a golf bag with your driver using your typical stance and posture. Take your trailing hand and place it over your leading hand instead of the club. Now take some soft swings into the bag. Swinging about 80% is good. Try to generate the feel of letting the club go at impact. Keep practicing this exercise until you’ve ingrained the feeling.

Practicing the This Proven Golf Drill Boosts Driver Accuracy, Saves Strokes

Now, head to the practice range to hit some balls. Take some practice swings using the grip described above first. Then, set up to the ball and hit some shots using your standard grip.  Keep alternating between practice swings with your new grip and your normal swings with your regular grip until “letting go” feels natrual.

Working on this simple drill helps develops the kind of swing that delivers accuracy and power off the tee. That’s why we use it in our golf lessons.

Widen Your Target Area to Boost Driving Accuracy and Chop Strokes off Your Scores

Ever play a course that had wide fairways with few trouble spots? It’s great isn’t it? You can pull out your driver and bomb way. Few courses are like that. Most courses, however, have a mixture of holes with wide fairways and narrow ones. We like to see students that take our golf lessons play courses these courses. They’re a challenge.

Mixed courses test your skills. You have to hit the fairways when playing them, for example, to score well. If you don’t, you’ll give away strokes. A trick to help you hit more fairways on challenge courses to widen your target area when playing them. You’ll hit more fairways and give away fewer strokes if you do.

Here are three golf tips on how to widen your target area:

  1. Know how far you hit each club
  2. Find the widest area on the fairway
  3. Choose the best club to hit that spot

If you insert these three tips into your course strategy, you’ll find yourself in better position to hit approach shots into the green. Let’s review these tips and see how they can help you:

Step 1: Determine how far you hit each club

Determine how far you hit each club you use in the tee box. You need to know this to hit more fairways. Judge distances not by far you hit the shot when you hit it solidly. Instead, be realistic. Hit 10 shots with each club, record the distance, then average the distance out for all ten shots.

Step 2: Target the widest part of the fairway

Determine the widest part of the fairway. That’s where you want to hit your drive. But be careful. The fairways on many holes often narrow as the approach the green. This part of the hole may be within reach with your driver. But hitting it may require pinpoint accuracy.

Step 3: Choose the best club to hit that target area

Determine the distance to the widest part of the fairway. Then choose the best club you have to reach that distance. It could be the driver. Or, it could also be a fairway wood or a hybrid. That’s the club you want to hit.

It takes patience and discipline, we tell students in our golf lessons, to stay away from the driver. But that move often pays off. Hitting more fairways off the tee can cut your golf handicap down two to three strokes or more.

Hit More Fairways Per Round Off the Tee,

Cut Two to Three Strokes from Golf Handicap

Do you track fairways hit per round when you play? Many weekend golfers don’t. Tracking fairways hit, we tell students in our golf lessons, reveals several things—the most important of which is how accurate you were off the tee. When a high handicapper misses the fairway, she sinks her chances of making a bogey on the hole from 60% to 30%.

Boost the number of fairways hit off the tee and you’ll cut two to three strokes off your golf handicap. By the way, the average 15 handicap player hits about 39% of her fairways. That’s an average of about 5.5 fairways per 18 holes of golf. If you’re serious about breaking 80, you’ll need to boost that number to an average of 8 over more. That’s how many a scratch golfer averages per round.

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Below are seven golf tips to help you boost driving accuracy:

  • Use a shorter driver — Weekend golfers often use drivers off the tee with long shafts, some as long as 45 inches. The longer the driver the harder it is to control your shot. Try using a shorter driver with a higher lofted clubhead, say around 12, to hit more fairways per round.
  • Move hands forward — Many golfers set up with their hands behind the ball and the club shaft pointing away from the target. There’s nothing wrong with that, if that works for you. If not, try moving your hands forward a bit. That positions your hand at the same spot as when you strike the ball at impact.
  • Stay under control — Staying in sync when hitting driver is critical. Here’s a simple way to do it: Break your swing into two parts—the backswing and the downswing. Count “one” mentally as you take the club back, then “two” as you make your downswing. Counting keeps you in sync and prevents overswinging.
  • Pick an exact target — Some golfers try to hit the ball as far as they can off the tee. Instead, try picking out an exact point on the fair to hit. It could be a discolored patch of grass, a slight bump in the fairways, or even a bunch of leaves. It doesn’t matter.
  • Improve aim and control — Draw a line mentally down the middle of the fairway. Then tee up your ball on that line. If you want to hit a draw, hit to the right of the line if you’re right-handed. If you want to hit a fade, hit to the left of the line. Try to keep the ball from crossing the line.
  • Widen your stance —Stability is critical when hitting driver. To gain stability with the driver, widen your stance. Place the insides of your feet in line with your shoulders. That setup keeps your lower body in place, improves clubhead path, and boosts ballstriking.
  • Check your alignment — Two things can happen when you’re misaligned. You’ll either hit the ball where your lined up. Or, your body will subconsciously compensate for the misalignment, resulting in a hook or a slice. Instead, pick a target between the ball and your endpoint. Then, aim for the target

Improving the number of fairways hit per round is imperative if you want to break 80. That’s a worthy goal for any player that’s serious about the game.

Track Fairways Hit to Improve

Improving driving accuracy will cut strokes off your golf handicap. How many depends on you. But you can’t improve what you don’t measure. So, we recommend to students in our golf lessons that they track driving accuracy regularly.

That’s fairly simple to do. For each hole, mark down if you hit the fairway on the shot and what club you used to do it.  Then store that information somewhere. Later on, you can review the information. Work on increasing that average slowly over time, if you want to improve it.

Below is a golf drill That Davis Love, III uses to boost driving accuracy. It’s a drill passed on to him by his father, David Love, Jr. Tiger Woods uses a somewhat similar golf drill to improve driving accuracy as well:

Set up to hit the driver. Then, pick a target that is 100 yards away and try to hit to it. If you feel like you’re hitting well to the target, pick the next target that is 125 yards away. Keep increasing the distance by 25 yards until you max out.

To hit it 100 yards or 125 yards with a driver, you’ll have to slow down your swing. This slow -motion drill ingrains tempo, swing plane, and swing path. We have students in our golf lessons practice this golf drill all the time.  That’s because it works.

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