If you are just starting out on golf or have been out of play for some time or just want to spruce up your game a notch higher, then this post on how to drive a golf ball for beginners is meant for you. Driving the golf ball takes some necessary steps that will be outlined in this article in depth.
As we are about to inform you in this article, hitting a long, consistent drive does not depend on the muscle and power you apply on the ball. However, the emphasis will be on how you can take a full, smooth swing for a productive shot.
We assure you that this guide will overhaul your golfing prowess in the shortest time.
Picking the Right Equipment
Get a driver with a loft: for amateurs, we advise you to use the 11.5-degree driver which gives you more carry and makes your shots more consistent. Use the higher lofts for wet areas.
On long straight stretches of the fairway, pick a drive with lower loft to get more distance after the bounce. Less loft gives the ball more roll.
Choose the appropriate club: make use of a driver off the tee, but also explore your wood and iron options. For instance, in par 3, you have to choose a 3.5 or up to 7 wood. Use your swing speed to find out your perfect club for a tee shot.
A tip we’d like you to have is that iron has a higher loft than wood.
Getting the right tee: on a long par such as 4 or 5 where you want a powerful shot to get the ball to the green, pick a taller tee for your driver. We, however, advise against taller iron tee as you can tee the ball too high or cut under it.
When taking a swing from your address, make sure your arms form a V-shape when fully extended. Make your feet a fraction wider than the width of your shoulder at the same time leaning your spine a fraction away from the target.
At address engage your abs, glutes, and thighs while maintaining a light pressure on the grip and a relaxed forearm. That will give you a free flowing swing for a perfect drive.
- Executing a proper tee: pick a tee that will get you to hit the ball with the right spot on your club. If you are using a large headed driver, then a tall tee would suffice.
Tee up the ball to prevent grass from blocking the ball from the face of your club. When using an iron tee, hit the ball just off the ground in a perfect lie.
With hybrid club shots, make sure to tee the ball half an inch off the surface.
- Foot positioning: place the ball in front of your stance, just inside the left heel to give you better loft. Keep your back foot slightly wider apart from the front foot.
- Get the appropriate distance between you and the ball. Make sure that when your arms are in position for a swing, the bottom of your grip should be approximately 8-inches from your stance at address.
- Grip pressure: Do not grip hard and lash the club aggressively since it will result in a rigid swing. Hold the club with a slightly loose grip but hard enough not to let it slip off your hands.
If you are right-handed, grip the tee with the left hand at the point where your fingers align with your palm. Without altering the position of your grip, curl the fingers to get your thumb on top of the grip.
Make the club lie between your fingers and the palm. You’ll know you have it right when your little finger falls between your index and middle fingers.
The Perfect Swing
- What kind of swing do you apply? Design yourself two swing types for a power shot and the other for control. The latter will help you around obstacles such as a dogleg, sand or water hazard.
Make sure your head is slightly back behind the ball while maintaining a little wider stance for a hard swing. Reduce the width of your stance slightly and place the ball a little far back from your stance while choking down on the wood slightly for a controlled swing.
- Beginning your back swing: shift your weight to the back to increase the swing power. Do not make a fast back swing in an attempt to implement a fast forward swing as it will mess up your alignment.
Maintain your driving wood flat along the surface while just brushing over the grass. If you lift the club up, the result will be a pop-up ball contrary to the drive you are seeking to achieve.
Make a steady back swing and then pause slightly at the top allowing time for a reset before embarking on the downswing. However, do not stop entirely to the extent of losing your momentum.
- Maintain the beginning of your downswing steady and calm. This way you can build up the momentum and speed all the way until the clubface comes into contact with the ball.
Utilize the thrust of your whole body as a unit into the downswing without rushing. At the same time keep your head down during the downswing, and resist the urge to see how far the ball goes.
- Maintain the angle of your forearm.
Keep the swing consistent and complete while maintaining the formation of your arms until the ball is in the air. Avoid flipping your hands forward trying to loft the ball, let the club do that for you.
Keep your leading hand angled down towards the ball, more like clubbing the ball with the back of your leading hand. Your eyes should be maintained on the ball as the club approaches it.
- Terminate the swing over your shoulder, if you are right-handed then it will be over the left shoulder, and on the right for left-handed golfers. Your swing should go where you anticipated it to; hence you do not have to struggle following it with your eyes just before you complete the swing.
We believe that upon reading this information on how to drive a golf ball for beginners, you will be steps closer to joining the major league golfers. A good drive will require you to be calm, steady and consistent throughout the swing. Avoid hurried hard swings that will always be off-target.