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5 Golf Driving Tips That Work Every Time

By    |   Friday, 22 September 2017 01:19 PM

A perfect game of golf starts with a perfect drive.

If you have your basics covered when you tee off, the rest will follow during the course of the game.

Practice makes perfect, but instead of spending hours at the driving range, here are five driving tips that work every time:

1. Find your targetAccording to Golf City, the proper focus and preparation for your driving shots will help you get the most out of your swing.

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Many amateur golfers simply aim down the fairway, but you need a more specific target to help you focus.

Golf City suggests looking for trees or fairway bunkers to aim at. Then give your target your full attention and don’t look up 'til you see the ball sailing ahead of you.

2. The perfect stance for a perfect swingGolf Digest reckons it’s all in the hips. Practicing PGA Tour pro Daniel Summerhay’s drill will help you get more power behind your drive.

First, you’ll want to shift your pelvis, so if you’re standing at address, your spine should be tilted away from your target and 60 percent of your weight should be on your trail foot.

When you start your downswing, your lead hip should move over the top of your font foot.

Next, you’re going to visualize your belt buckle moving from facing the ball to facing your target. This needs to start happening about half way through your downswing.

Now, you’re going to hit ball. As you’re doing so, use your front foot to push hard on the ground – but only at the split second before your club hits the ball.

3. Get the perfect impactHitting it Solid says a lot of golfers try to lift or scoop their ball into the air at the expense of accuracy and distance.

Instead, you should be hitting a descending arc through the golf ball.

Summerhay’s advice for moving your weight onto your front foot comes in handy here. Right-handed golfers can also make sure that the back of their left hand is facing the target when the clubface hits the ball.

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You’ll want to keep most of the club’s weight on the bottom three fingers of your left hand and make sure you’re right hand doesn’t touch the left too much.

After impact, your left hand should naturally roll closed with your right hand on top.

4. Decide on the shape you want before you swing — If you don’t take the time to figure out how you want your ball to move through the air, anything can happen once you hit it.

Duke University Golf Club suggests deciding on your shot shape before you swing. You have three basic options here: straight, a slight fade, or a slight draw.

For a narrow hitting zone you’ll want to hit the ball as straight as possible.

Most of your direction will come from the orientation of the clubface on impact so, before you swing, keep in mind: the clubface orientation is relative to the swing path, which, in turn, is relative to target line.

5. Take your time — If you haven’t set yourself a target, you’re probably just hitting the ball and hoping for the best, but taking your time and preparing for your shot is important.

Golf City suggests you give yourself time to get your body and your club into the perfect position, while Golf Info Guide says you should also take time to adjust your ball placement and your stance.

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Another benefit of taking your time is that you won’t run the risk of cutting your backswing short, which is when you lose potential power.

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