Golf Instruction Tips for Driving

Every golfer wants to have a long drive, if for no other reason than to impress onlookers on the first tee. A long and accurate drive makes life a lot easier on the golf course, and there are some simple steps you can take to give yourself more power and control.

Tighten Your Grip

When everyone is telling you to relax on the tee, your first impulse might be to loosen your grip to help you relax. But Martin Hall, director of Instruction for Golf Magazine, says in an article published July 2, 2009, in the magazine that the key is “firm hands, soft wrists.” He advises keeping your grip firm enough to feel like you have total control of the club, but be able to move your wrists freely. Waggle the club a few times to get the right feel and maintain that feel as you make your drive.

Watch Your Stance

The placement of your feet when driving is essential, not just for a well-hit tee shot, but for an accurate one as well.’s article Building the perfect stance,” suggests using two clubs to help establish your stance. Use one club to run parallel to the ball-to-target line. This is where the tips of your shoes will line up. Then, use a second shaft to form a right angle from the first club, directly opposite the ball. By placing your left heel just on the outside of that second club, you should be in position for a solid tee shot every time.

Control Your Tempo

The adage “Haste makes waste” applies to many things in life, including your golf game. It might seem like some pros have a lightning-like swing, but it’s only because they have learned to control their tempo and club speed. To improve your control, the staff at recommends starting your usual drive, but at the height of your backswing, pause for a three-count and then finish your swing. This will get you in the habit of a controlled follow-through and a well-maintained tempo throughout your backswing.

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