How to Get the Most Distance Out of Your Golf Driver

By: JasonN


Golf is a complex game that takes practice, discipline and precision. If you are new to golf, there are several aspects of the game that should be focused on initially. Putting is one such aspect, and, although golf beginners might be new to an 18 hole course, or even the driving range, they probably have experience putting on miniature golf courses. Hitting golf balls with a driver however, is a completely different story.

A golf swing, for many individuals, is a lifelong project, one that takes intense dedication and focus, but the fruits of this effort will be evident by improved performance on the course. The longer and straighter your drives are, the fewer strokes it will take to reach the pin. It is for this reason that practicing your golf swing to get the most distance out of your driver is a crucial aspect of the game that, along with putting, should be focused on initially.

The Driver Itself

The first thing that you want to concentrate on is the driver itself. It is very important to own a driver that you can trust and feel comfortable using. For beginner golfers, your driver should be chosen solely on comfort. It is a good idea to take a practice swing with a variety of drivers to see which allows you to move with the least resistance. You should choose your driver based upon your comfort level with the club. Whichever club you end up choosing as your driver, it should have a good heft in your hands, and you should feel comfortable when swinging it.

You want to be sure that the driver is not too big as well. Generally, the club should not be taller than your armpits, and you want to be sure that it is not too heavy for you. The club should feel great in your hands, and be sure to focus on your grip and posture. If you want to get the most distance out of your driver, make sure that you are holding the club correctly.

You also want to be sure that the driver is clean and free of nicks. You might not know it, but if your clubs are dirty or damaged, you are most likely not going to get the best swing. Therefore, in order to be sure that you are placing yourself in the best position to improve your drives, inspect your clubs regularly and clean them after each game or practice. Many people also polish their woods and keep their drivers covered with golf club covers when they are not using them, to make sure that they do not get damaged by any uncontrollable means. If you truly want to get the most distance out of your driver, it is a great idea to take the best care of your clubs as possible.

Your Driving Power

Once you have picked out the most comfortable driver available, and have cleaned and inspected the driver of nicks and damages, you want to be sure that you are using it correctly in order to hit the ball cleanly and powerfully. There are several particular motions involving various parts of your body that you will need to master in order to hit the ball with the right amount of precision, direction, and force.

First, it is very important that your feet are standing shoulder width apart and your toes are pointed outward around ten or so degrees. Second, you will want to concentrate on the way your body and arms move when you are swinging to make sure you are staying completely straight. Any bending that is involved in your golf swing should be from the hips, not as a slouch from your shoulder and chest area. As you place your ball on the tee, keep your grip and posture in mind. Try not to let your body bend in a way that will make the ball curve away from the pin. Concentrate on keeping your shoulders straight and your head down. Finally, in order to get the best distance and swing from your driver, you will want to swing smoothly and be sure that you are connecting squarely on the ball.

Golf is a game that can take many twists and turns. The course you’re playing on, the time of year and the weather all play a part in the success (or lack thereof) of your game. There are certain aspects of your golf game that you do not have control over. The most intrusive of these situations is the wind. If you are dealing with a strong cross wind or a wind that is blowing against you and the way you want the ball to go, you could very well have a tough time hitting the ball towards the intended pin. In these specific situations, it is important to remember that sometimes, even if you do everything correctly, the distance of your drive is going to be out of your hands.

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Jason Nichols is a freelance writer who writes about sports, often focusing on a particular product used in sports such as golf irons .

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