Golf tip: Can't hit your driver? Here are some solutions to common problems
For the beginner and probably for the majority of high-handicap golfers, the driver is the most difficult club in the bag to hit because it is the longest club and it has the least amount of loft. It will slice more often than not. Here are a few solutions to help you become a better driver.
Learn the difference between hitting an iron and driver.
When you hit an iron, the ball is placed in the middle of your stance, so your angle of attack will be down on the ball at impact. This steeper angle will help you get the ball up in the air since the ball is sitting on the ground. When you use a driver, the ball is teed up and positioned more forward in your stance, so the angle of approach at impact is more shallow or sweeping. If you hit down on the ball with a driver, the ball will pop up in the air or you will give the ball a glancing blow slicing it to the right. So you must take care to set up differently with your driver.
First, position the ball more forward in your stance. Second, start with more weight on your back leg and third, since the ball is more forward in your stance, your back shoulder will be lower than your front shoulder. This set-up will encourage a sweeping motion and help you launch the ball up in the air correctly.
Solution #2 Increase your clubhead speed
To be a good driver, you need to have the correct amount clubhead speed. You need at least 80 miles per hour clubhead speed to get a ball up in the air with a 12-degree lofted club or less. To help create clubhead speed, you need to have light grip pressure. Tight grip pressure kills speed. Light grip pressure allows you to make a full turn and helps you to swing the club freely.
To test your grip pressure, hold the club above the ground and feel the weight of the clubhead. If it feels light, you are holding the grip too tightly. The clubhead should feel heavy. Adjust your grip pressure until you can feel the weight of the clubhead. Most pros waggle the club before they swing to help them maintain light grip pressure.
Solution #3 Get rid of your reverse pivot.
To hit a driver, it is important to shift your weight correctly on the downswing, this move will help you create clubhead speed and promote a sweeping motion. If your weight stays on the front leg at the top of the swing, then you have a reverse pivot. With reverse pivot, you will never be able to shift your weight on the downswing. A reverse pivot will cause your weight to hang back at the moment of impact. This robs you of power. At the top of your swing, the majority of your weight should be on the inside of your back leg. This position helps you brace your weight so that you can push off on the downswing.
At the top of your swing, keep your weight on the inside of the right leg for more power.
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I agree with you on grip pressure; it's a truth that applies to many sports. In fact, I just concluded myself that my grip pressure is probably a bit too great, and I just shot one-over the last time I played. I'm not getting the power I should or even that I generated years ago when I wasn't very good, and I suspect that it's because I'm not allowing my hands and forearms -- the last link in that power chain -- to be whippy enough.
I'm curious to see what the fruits of this will be the next time I go to the range.
No it is not, wether you realize it or not.
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