The perfect drive is a thing of beauty. It sails through the air with ease as it sets you up for the rest of the hole. You’ll have an easy iron to the green for birdie opportunities. However, most golfers drive the ball with a lot less distance and accuracy than the pros. Here are three easy tips pro golfers use to consistently hit longer and straighter drives.
Tee It Up
To start nailing those perfect drives, first take a look at how you normally hit the ball. You’ll want to adjust the ball’s height to line up with your usual fade or draw. If you tend to hit fades, a lower tee height may straighten out your drives. If you usually hit draws, a higher tee may help you drive the ball straight.
However, if you’re slicing or hooking the ball regularly, trying the opposite may straighten out your drives: raise the tee if you’re slicing or lower it if you’re hooking the ball. Simply adjusting the tee height can increase your driving accuracy and help you find more fairways.
Turn Your Back Towards The Target
Your initial swing move should involve your shoulder turn. However, instead of focusing on a big shoulder turn or how many degrees your hips are rotating, simply turn your back until it’s facing your target.
As you turn your back, you’ll feel the strength of your right leg driving into the ground. This helps create resistance between the lower and upper halves of your body – which is key to storing power that can be transferred to the ball. Once you uncoil your body, you’ll crush that drive.
Shift Your Weight From Right To Left
As you make your shoulder turn and begin your backswing, you’ll feel your weight shift towards your right side. You should be shifting your weight from right to left as you hit the ball. This transfers energy towards the target, increasing the distance of your drive.
Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player used to advise players to practice stepping through their golf shot. This ingrains the sensation of shifting weight from one side to the other into a golfer’s muscle memory. Combine this tip with adjusting your tee height and turning your back to your target, and you’ll soon be driving the ball longer and straighter every time you’re at the tee box.