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Golf Driving Tips
Effectively driving the ball off the tee can provide a significant advantage to your golf game and lower your scores dramatically. Though the short game (e.g., chipping, pitching and putting) constitutes the majority of golf shots and is the most critical aspect of the golf game to achieve lower scores, well-executed tee shots set up subsequent short game shots. So, if you are solid off the tee, then the chance to hit greens in regulation rises significantly.

Here are a few golf tips to help you hit the ball solid off the tee every time.

Golf Driving Tips: Setup

• Body weight in middle of feet.
• Tilt from hips approximately 30 degrees to achieve proper spine angle.
• Knees slightly flexed.
• Keep back straight. Visualize an “axis line” down spine. Rotate around this axis line throughout swing.
• Arms hang freely.
• Chin up and off chest.
• Ball position for driver: three balls forward from center (aligned with heel of front foot).

Golf Driving Tips: Backswing and Downswing

• Shift body weight to inside of right leg as club is taken back.
• As hands approach waist, wrists start to hinge/cock.
• At the top of the backswing, keep your left arm straight with 80% of weight on right leg; keep right knee flexed.
• At the top of the backswing, strive for a shoulder turn of 90° and hip turn of 30 to 45°.
• On the downswing, your first movement is shifting your body weight toward the front, then hips, arms and shoulders unwind to impact.
• At impact, club is released by unhinging wrists and delivering club square through ball—keep head behind ball at impact.
• As body turns to target through impact, arms and club extend down target line.
• At finish, belt buckle faces target, club is wrapped around shoulder; 90% of body weight on left leg with right foot on toes.

Golf Driving Tips: Getting More Distance Off of the Tee

• Tee the ball higher to produce flatter, ascending swing arc.
• Strive for full 90 degree shoulder turn.
• Achieve wide club arc on backswing – be sure to complete backswing before starting downswing.
• When making backswing, large muscles of torso should wind up like a spring as you turn against right knee.
• ”Lock” right knee in place at same angle as address.
• To start downswing, shift weight to left, triggering chain reaction of hips, chest, arms and club all pulling behind the ball.
• Try and keep the head behind the ball at impact.


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