Understanding The Driver

Balance at address and setup is the most important key when hitting a driver, make sure you are comfortable over the ball. If something doesn’t feel right back away, reset and address the ball in a comfortable way. The ideal balance requires keeping your center of gravity towards the middle of your stance throughout the backswing, and then moving it aggressively toward the target on the downswing. Teach yourself to establish a pivot point in your swing, focus on the center of gravity at address. Most beginners have a hard time hitting a driver because the majority of them fail to keep their balance while trying to swing too hard to maximize distance.  In reality, the best way to have a strong drive is to stay on balance and make sure you make solid contact on the center of the club face.

Ball Flight Patterns

The flight path of a golf ball is affected by 2 main factors, your swing path and the angle of your club face as it hits the golf ball.

how to hit a driver

The key for a successful drive is to maintain a  good balance.

Place the ball almost in line with left heel and maintain a partial closed stance.
Keep more weight on right foot and align one’s body a little to the right of the target.
Check for snug left-hand grip while staying relaxed (inhale to relieve tensions).
Swing with tempo rythm and extend left arm firmly and turn hips.

common mistakes

Here’s one of the common mistake the amateurs make hitting off the tees.

A common mistake is for a golfer to be thinking 300 yards! Did you know that the average PGA drive is approximately 275 yards. Your main focus when approching the tee box should be all the details we disscussed above. Gaining distance on your drives comes with time and practice. Your distance will improve as you perfect your swing.

Ball Placement Per Club

Knowing where the ball should be placed can also help to prevent errors durring contact.

Beginners are often told to take just one particular stance for all type of golf club you are using, whether it is a driver or the wedge of your bag. It might let you think that there is no role of a golf club in your correct ball positioning. But the truth is, you must consider the type of golf club you are using for right golf ball position. If you are using a wedge club which is the shortest club in your bag, you need to place your ball at the center between your two heels. Thus, the longer golf club you would take, the golf ball should be positioned a little closer to your foot.

Driver Distances

This table displays the difference in your drivers yardage based off Handicap and Age.

Driver Distance Percentage Yards
Driver HCP < 5 14.63% 250.93
Driver HCP 5 -10 (< 10) 21.94% 231.04
Driver HCP 5 -10 (< 10) 39.42% 215.65
Driver HCP 5 -10 (< 10) 17.28% 195.93
Driver HCP 5 -10 (< 10) 6.73% 177.49
Age 20-30 (< = 30) 12.97% 238.68
Age 30-40 (< = 340) 25.76% 231.21
Age 40-50 (< = 50) 24.17% 220.52
Age 50-60 (< = 60) 21.42% 211.93
Age > 60 15.69% 196.40