How To Drive The Ball

The most intimidating golf club to learn how to use is the driver. Beginning golfers are overloaded with information on the right way to learn how to play golf. New golfers need to receive information in a way that is easy to remember and uncomplicated. If you are a fan of night golf see your source for Night Eagle light up golf balls.

We will assume in the series of tips below that you have already received some basic instruction about the fundamentals of golf (i.e. ball position, alignment, posture, grip, etc.) This information will provide you with additional advice on how to get your driver to become your friend instead of an enemy.  

Tip 1: Use a Wide Stance

Whenever a beginning golfer is taking their first clinics or lessons in golf, they tend to receive very basic instructions. Posture is among the first fundamentals that are covered. Part of that involves your stance and the width it should be in the address position. A lot of new golfers think that their golf stance is only supposed to be as wide as their shoulders are. However, for most golf clubs this is untrue. Longer clubs like the 3 wood and drivers should use a wider stance than the width of your shoulders and a narrower stance should be used with wedges. 

The longest club in your golf bag is the driver. So you want to take a wide stance that will allow for the length when you are swinging the club. That will help to show out your swing at impact and on the upswing will promote solid contact with the golf ball. 

Tip 2: Ball Position

When you are trying to learn the proper driving technique, having the right ball position with your driver is essential. Most beginners end to use a neutral ball position located in the center of their stance. However, because the driver is so long, the ball position needs to be set a bit further up in your stance. For a driver, the best ball position is between the instep of your left heel (or if you are left-handed your right heel) and no further than outside of your foot. 

When the ball is positioned properly in your stance it allows for a longer driver to square up and fully rotate. It promotes contact on your upswing as well.  In contrast to irons where the club should contact the ball first before the ground, with a driver, there should be contact on your upswing so that less spin is created on the ball. Your drives will be straighter when the ball has less spin on it. 

Tip 3: Hand Position 

When you are setting up to hit your drive, it is important to have your hands in the proper position. Your hand should not be too close to your body since that will create poor technique during the first quarter of your swing. There should also be a straight relationship between the club shaft and your lead arm. 

For the driver, the ideal hand position is for the butt end of the golf club to be pointing right at your belt buckle and to be around 10 to 12 inches away from your body. A bit more space away from your body needs to be created with the driver due to how long the club is. A driver is 45.5 inches long, and many new golfers fail to make the appropriate adjustments based on the fact that the driver is the longest club in the golf bag. Creating space helps to shallow out our swing and make solid contact with your driver.  

Tip 4: Tee The Ball Up High 

Once you have covered the correct hand position, wide stance, and proper ball position, the next thing you need to do is tee your golf ball up higher than normal. Many people who watch live golf are familiar with the image that after a drive is hit by a professional, the tee flies out of the ground and then flips up into the air. That is the result of the ball being teed up higher and the ball being struck by the club on the upswing. 

There are some golfers who tee the ball up very high. However, for most beginning golfers, the ideal height is to barely place a 2.75″ standard length tee in the ground. Then make sure your clubface is not set up so it is right up against the golf ball. Instead, leave a couple of inches of space between the clubface and the ball. That will help you hit the golf ball on your upswing and the ball will be launched higher into the air as well.  

Tip 5: Slow and Low 

Ou final tip for having successful tee shots using your driver is to take your club away slow and low to the ground. Many beginner golfers make the big mistake of thinking that the driver hits the farthest so it must be swung the hardest and fasted. Always keep in mind that when you swing your driver, the club’s length will help it pick up plenty of speed. 

Therefore a great thing to think about before starting your swing is to “keep it slow and low.” That will help you develop good tempos and help to reduce the spinning effects on the golf ball so that your tee shots are straight.