Three Techniques Using Your Driver to Maximum Effect

    If you are successful in building a trusting relationship with your driver, you’ll have a major advantage over the competition each time you pull the driver from the bag. With that said, quality decision making is still necessary if you are going to maximize your results. Decision making is always important in golf, and that is certainly the case when talking about planning the use of your driver.

    To make sure you are putting your driver to work in a way that is going to benefit you on the scorecard, check out the tips below.

  • Only when it provides a benefit. For starters, you should only be using your driver when it is going to provide you with a benefit over another one of the clubs in your bag. For example, on a long par four, the distance that your driver offers will help you reach the green in regulation, so it makes a lot of sense to use your driver for the tee shot. On the other hand, some short and narrow par fours don’t really reward distance, so you might as well focus on control by hitting a shorter club. Most amateur golfers use their driver too frequently, and they pay the price in the way of wasted shots. Even if you have a lot of confidence in your driver, you should still only use it when it will provide you with an obvious benefit.
  • Learn two different ball flights. If you would like to use your driver in more situations, one way to do so is to have two different ball flights available. For example, if your standard ball flight is a powerful draw, you may want to work on a soft fade that you can use to put the ball in play safely. You will still use the draw as your main shot, but you’ll have the fade in your back pocket should the right situation arise. This kind of flexibility will help you use your driver successfully in a wider range of circumstances.
  • Tee it high. This last tip is one which should help you add a few yards to your average drive. While you are learning to use your new driver, make sure you tee the ball high enough to hit up slightly through impact. Ideally, you will have the ball teed up at a height which places about half of the ball above the top line of the club at address. Some golfers see this as being too high at first, but you’ll quickly get used to playing from this setup. As long as your swing path moves upward just slightly through the hitting area, you should be able to launch high, beautiful drives time after time.
  • Unfortunately, most golfers do not have confidence in their driver. Rather, they think of the driver as a hard club to use, which does not have to be the case. If you take the time to pick out the right driver for your game, and if you learn how to use your driver effectively, you can see this club as an exciting opportunity to hit excellent drives more times than not. We hope the ideas in this article will help you work toward finding the right driver, and we hope you’ll be able to develop tremendous confidence in that driver in the weeks and months to come. Good luck!