Golf Swing Tips for Drivers

Golf club manufacturers will try to convince you that the key to a better drive is using a better driver. But you know that all the best equipment can’t make up for a poor swing. If you golf regularly, you also know that a little change here or there can make a big difference in length and accuracy. So give a few proven tips a try the next time you’re on the course or on the driving range and you might just find that you’re hitting great tee shots with your old trusted driver after all.

Adjust Your Grip

Most golfers use the interlocking grip, where the little finger of the right hand is placed between the index and middle fingers of the left hand. But some golfers, as the staff at points out, instead use an overlapping grip, in which the little finger of the right hand rests on top of the left index finger. Try it and see if it works better for your hand size and if it gives you a little more distance off the tee.

Let the Club Do the Work

This is one of the oldest pieces of advice offered by golf instructors, but it’s true, particularly for drivers. The tendency on the tee is to want to smash the ball as hard as you can, but unless you have absolute control of your swing, that approach can backfire pretty easily. Instead, as the staff at recommends, slow your swing down and concentrate on making solid contact with the center of the ball.

Line Up Your Shot

Long-driving champion Jamie Sadlowski (RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships in 2008 and 2010) suggests lining up two golf tees behind your ball to help make your backswing wider (by keeping the clubhead lower to the ground a little longer). A wider swing, which includes a long left-arm extension, will generate more power than a smaller, more contained swing. The two tees may also help keep your clubhead in line as you strike the ball.

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