Driver Swing: How to finally hit a driver

How to hit and fix your Driver Swing

You’re not alone: a lot of golfers struggle with how to hit driver. The driver swing can be super tricky no matter what level of player you are. But it doesn’t have to be that way. From what I’ve seen, there are three main issues people have off the tee: they get nervous, they hit a big slice or they just hit it all over the place. In this article, I break down each of these problems and provide you with tools for handling your nerves, your slice, or your inconsistency. Follow my tips and you’ll be hitting driver straight in no time!

Nerves -Get some pre-round prep work done before heading out on course -Hitting Slice -Use an alignment stick to check where club face is pointing at address; if it’s open/closed, make necessary adjustment -Consistency off Tee -Keep your weight on your left side and knees flexed throughout the swing (no big knee bend at top) to set a consistent launch angle

Nerves That Hook the Drive Shot

When you’re nervous before teeing off, the club head snaps too far right. Hitting driver gets tough because the club head is swinging too much laterally on plane, causing a big slice. If your tee shot flies to the right of the target (especially when you’re nervous), try using one of these three tips to help correct it:


If you have trouble getting enough power behind your tee shots, try picking a target and then pushing through it. Visualizing the ball going through instead of over is an easy way to get around nerves and hit powerful tee shots.


There’s nothing better than taking a few swings before heading out on course, but when you’re nervous it’s tough to do that without getting in trouble. So, do some practice with your driver during the week so you know what you’re looking for when teeing off on Sunday.


If you’re having trouble keeping it out of the trees or simply driving up the middle, try using a rail alignment shot and then adjusting from there. By finding a straight line easily and then keeping things on that line, you’ll be able to hit the ball straight off the tee with ease.

Driver Still Hitting Slice

The second problem most golfers have when they try hitting driver is a slice. You swing hard enough to keep your drives in the fairway, but still end up slicing the ball into oblivion. Why? Because your club face is open at address; it’s coming into impact at an angle instead of square, resulting in the ball starting left and turning right on its way out of the tee box. Closing (turning) your club face to get a more aligned hit with driver will help you stop slicing and start hitting straighter drives.

Getting Over Approach Anxiety?

If you’re on the range working on your driver and hitting it well, but then start thinking about how to handle approach shots during a round, try making an alignment stick. Take a club you can use on approach shots, line it up against a wall and then tape the shaft to that wall. Each time before you tee off during your pre round warm-up, pick an area in the fairway to aim at, then walk off how far the alignment stick is from the pin. This will help you figure out yard age for approach shots that you may not have hit before, and help you get the ball up in the air on these new angles.

Fighting a Slice With the Driver

I have taught golf for more than seven years. I’ve been fortunate to work with amateur and professional golfers, from children to grandparents. Golf is a game that attracts all types of people. I’ve enjoyed watching many of my students quickly improve their golf game. Whether they are hitting the ball straight or slicing it to death, I find there is one common trait that seems to work for all of them: They practice in preparation for their round and hit balls while on the course. When they practice, they pay close attention to individual shots. This is called “auditing”.

Golf Swing & Setup Auditing

Taking note of each shot you take. Checking to see how the ball leaves your club face, where it goes, and how long it stays on the ground. Of course, you’re not going to do this for every shot you take. You’re going to do this for the shots you deem important, or at least more important than others. This is what I have my students do and it almost always helps them hit better golf shots.

Auditing is very similar to on-course execution of a shot. By learning how far away your ball lands from the target (your target is the pin, right?), you are able to adjust your shot accordingly.  You must know where you hit your ball in order to fix it. Auditing will show you how close or far away from the target you were and give you tips on what type of shot to take next time around.

How do you properly hit a driver?

You might have heard that only the very best golfers can hit a driver for maximum distance. But as you’ll see, that’s not actually true. In fact, research shows that once you get beyond an I.Q. of about 120, which is just a little above average, intelligence and creativity are not at all related; so even if you’re no smarter than most people out there (and let’s face it – we’re talking about golf here), then you still have the potential to wield amazing creative powers when it comes to your swing. However, like all bad habits, those old ways of thinking can be broken with some hard work and effort but they will hold back any golfer who is not willing to change. The skill of hitting the driver straight will also transfer into your fairway woods and hybrids as well.

Place ball down range with a 6 degree draw on the club face. To hit any golf shot you must first know what kind of shot you want to hit, then understand the root cause of that shot, and then learn how to produce the result you desire. In this swing tip I will share with you a core fundamental element that will help you produce tremendous results in your golf game regardless of where the ball is going.

The under use of this putting system has led a majority of golfers into false belief systems about what it takes to hit a golf ball and where to aim the target.  That’s why I have decided to write in depth on this topic here with a comprehensive overview that holds the potential to change your game forever. The key to hitting driver straight is balance, however it requires more than physical balance.

If you’ve been struggling with your golf game, or if you just want to take your golf skills to the next level, then it sounds like we have a lot in common.   I know how frustrating it can be to play the game and not get the results you want. And when other people are telling you that you’re doing everything right, but nothing changes, it can really wear on your self-confidence.

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