4 Little-Known Driving Drills Every Golfer Should Try

Search all you want; you won’t find a golf player who didn’t wish to possess a powerful, accurate drive. It’s the first golf shot you play on the golf course and the one that requires the most work to master. A drive is more than a powerful golf stroke it has to have accuracy and right direction. Mere knowledge of the drive fundamentals won’t help you improve significantly. What would help are correct driving drills. These drills will surely help a golfer master the driving skill. Try it.

Deep Drive Drill

We begin with one of the most used, popular, simple, yet effective drill. Move a couple of steps away from the ball and take two casual swings to loosen your swing muscles. Then move closer to the ball and assume a normal drive stance. Now, drive the ball at only 50 percent of your normal speed. Remember, you’re not playing on the course; it’s a practice range, hence you can experiment with the swing.

Don’t forget the swing must be real (i.e.) the body stance, alignment, etc. must be technically correct. At the driving range, you can try this drill and at first choose 100 yards as your target. Practice a few drives and then increase the distance by 25 yards and so on.

The Hip Turn Drill

This is a very useful drill that focuses on the hip alignment of the golfer. As you might already know the hip alignment and rotation play a very vital role in developing a powerful, accurate drive. Take a proper drive stance and with one arm swing the golf club. Don’t use your full power; to improve accuracy you need to have a smooth, rhythmic drive. Impart no more than 50 percent of your normal power. After swinging the club with one hand, observe your hip rotation and its alignment very carefully. Try this drill till you get the alignment right.

Give No Quarter Drill

This is a unique drill that will make sure you’re completely balanced when playing the drive. The ball is placed on the tee and you’re ready to play the drive. Just before you attempt the drive place a quarter on your leading foot (left foot for the right-handed players). That’s it; you don’t have to do anything more. Just forget that the coin is on your foot and play the normal drive. If you’re perfectly balanced and have followed all the fundamentals of the swing, the coin will still be there at the end of the swing. On the other hand, if the coin falls down, it means you’ve to practice till you’re perfectly balanced.

Lighten Grip Drill

Grip the club, but apply only 50 percent of normal pressure. Maintain this grip while playing the drive. The toe of the club must point to the sky when the club is at the end of the backswing. The downswing must be smooth and effortless. The club rotation must be perfect; it should begin before the contact and must curve inward after the impact with the ball.