by Josh Cassap, Golf Manager

Hitting your driver well is a combination of physical skill, mental concentration and confidence. It is easiest to master this on the driving range, then move it to a non-competitive playing environment. Here are some tips for working on your driving …

1) Start with mini-swings, then proceed to full swings when you begin making solid contact.

2) Hit golf balls with your feet together.

3) Take full swings at 50 per cent power.

4) Concentrate on this counting sequence during your swing: 1-2 going back on the backswing, and 3 on the downswing.

5) Concentrate on extending your clubhead down the target line with a high follow-through position.

6) Keep your grip pressure light and body tension free both at address and during the swing.

7) Hit balls with your driver only to the 100-yard flag or marker, then 125 yards, then 150, then 175, gradually moving to a normal distance for your driver.

8) Swing thought: Tell yourself, “Swing through the ball, NOT at the ball.”

Another swing thought is to have your backswing at a slower speed than your forward swing, with your maximum speed obviously being through the impact area. So many players waste their maximum speed on the backswing. Your overall tempo on the downswing should be between 70-80 per cent of your full power – this speed will increase your chances of better ball striking.

Follow through drill: Hit balls or take practice swings where you concentrate on completing your swing so that your body faces the target on the follow-through. Your hands should finish high – up and around behind your head. Also, have your right foot up on the follow-through so that you may tap it on the ground. This will ensure completion of the follow-through and weight transfer. When you focus on swinging through the hitting area and completing the swing, your golf shots will improve dramatically.

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