How to Use Your Offset Driver

In this article, we are going to assume that you have decided to use an offset driver. When you make that decision, you’ll obviously need to pick one up to add to your bag. Once you own an offset driver, it will be time to head to the driving range to learn how to use it. The tips below should help you make the transition to an offset driver as smooth and successful as possible.

  • Keep things the same. The first ‘adjustment’ you should make is not an adjustment at all – you should just keep things the same and start making some swings. This is part of the beauty of the offset driver; the fact that you don’t necessarily need to make swing changes in order to improve your ball flight. When first getting started, make an effort to swing just as you always do, and check the results. Hopefully, you will see some degree of improvement right away, without doing anything else. You’ll probably need to make some adjustments as you move along, but the best way to get started is to just do what you always do and see how it goes.
  • Consider ball position changes. Now that you have some swings under your belt with this new driver, consider adjusting your ball position if you aren’t quite happy with your current results. Specifically, think about moving the ball up in your stance, closer to your left foot. This is another adjustment which will give you a little more time to square up the club face before impact. If you do move the ball to the left in your stance, be sure to avoid sliding left to reach it in the downswing. This is a common mistake – and a mistake which can contribute to the slice. Even if you are playing the ball pretty far forward in your stance, it is still best to rotate back and through your swing while staying balanced. Lateral movement is almost always a problem in the golf swing, so eliminate as much of it as possible. Feel free to experiment with different ball positions until you find something that improves your ball flight.
  • Adjust your aim. One of the hidden challenges that comes along with changing your ball flight is learning how to aim your new tee shots. For example, let’s say that using an offset driver has cut your slice in half. Your typical tee shot used to curve 20 yards to the right, and now it is curving just 10 yards. That is a great improvement, but it isn’t going to translate to lower scores until you learn how to aim for this new pattern. You’ve probably gotten used to aiming way out to the left to play for your slice, but that won’t be necessary anymore. Learning to aim properly – and then trusting that aim on the course – is going to take some time.

Nothing in golf comes easy. Even if an offset driver does manage to help you produce longer and straighter drives, you are going to have to put in some work along the way. Keep an open mind during the process, and watch for any signs of improvement. With persistence and practice, better drives may be just around the corner.