Drive the Ball Further and Straighter Every Time
When it comes to driving the ball with more accuracy and maximum power, oftentimes we are overlooking the fundamentals of our game and missing out on some key measures. Even though it often seems unreal that pros can hit the ball 300 yards, it’s really not that unbelievable when you look at the fundamentals of their game. It’s not rocket science, it’s merely a near perfect execution of some of the same skills and techniques I am going to show you today.
Stance is EVERYTHING
Driving the ball more accurately can be one of the most satisfying parts of the game. It can also be one of the most frustrating parts of the game if you struggle with precision. Next time you hit the links, try this simple technique to step up your accuracy and power.
Here’s what you can do:
- Pick Your Target – A tree, the pin, anything you can think of to give you a guideline
- Using your feet parallel as a guideline, align them with your intended target
- Check your stance for bad posture and any awkward positioning
- Stand Tall! Slouching and slumping lead to massive power losses
- Keep your head down
- Check your feet – Is your weight centered equally on both the balls and heels of your feet? If not, re-adjust until it is
- Lastly, rip the ball!
- Repeat 1-7 until this stance feels natural
It may sound pretty simple to execute this technique, but that is the point! Golf is not about learning some “secret” that the pros are hiding from you. It’s about executing the fundamentals to near perfect levels. That is what sets the pros apart from the mediocre.
That being said, I’ve got one more awesome technique for you that I’d really like to share with you. This simple trick will set you up with more power every time you drive the ball.
Maximize your Backswing
Most golfers don’t realize this, but when they take back their golf swing, chances are they are not maximizing their full range of motion. This is KILLING your power potential and cutting your distance drastically short. We don’t want that to happen. So today, I want you to ask yourself these simple questions to make sure you are maximizing your backswing and achieving your ultimate driving potential.
Ask yourself these important questions:
- How does the rhythm of your swing feel? Does it feel correct or awkward?
- Do you notice a delay from taking the driver back to following through?
- Does your swing motion feel fluid?
- How spaced is your driver between you and your stance? Is your driver too close, too far away, or does it feel just right?
Next time you are adjusting your back swing you need to think about these questions every time. Your swing should always feel fluid, the timing should never feel delayed, and you should have a comfortable distance between the driver and your body. If your swing is feeling awkward, this is the clearest sign your backswing is not at it’s best. If you can keep your backswing fluid and well timed you will be able to rip the ball further and with greater consistency.
Sometimes though even the best of us mess up on swing path, leading to rampant slices and hooks in our game. Fortunately though for you, I have the perfect drill to work this problem out of your swing.
I love this drill. Not only does it work wonders on preventing your body from falling back into old habits, but it also provides a simple method to adjusting your swing path. Giving you the chance to finally correct all those unwanted hooks and slices. I call it the two-ball trick.
Here’s what you can do:
- Tee up your drive like you normally would
- Place one ball on each side of your tee ball
- For slices – Place the outside ball further away from your target then your tee ball and place your inside ball closer to the target
- For Hooks – Place the inside ball further away from the target then your tee ball and place the outside ball closer to your target
- Take a normal drive and hit your tee ball while avoiding to hit the two guide balls on the ground
- Adjust balls to correct amount of slice and hook in your swing
- Repeat steps 1-6 until your hooks and slices go away
Do you see what happens? Now when you are swinging your driver, subconsciously your body is forcing you to swing in a different range of motion. This teaches your body to change its form and prevent you from creating a swing path that leads to rampant hooks and slices. You may have to adjust the balls positioning to get better-tailored results, but this trick is extremely effective at working out unwanted hooks and slices.