How to Improve Your Drive – According to the Pros

Rory Mcllroy

Find the rhythm that produces solid strikes consistently, and create your foundation, which will be critical when you want to put more power behind your swing. The key is to never feel like you’re losing control of your body. Start in a tension-free position, but balance relaxed movement and the ability to be ready to move at high speeds. Make sure there’s no weight on your toes or heels.

Watch that you don’t keep your head from dipping as you take the club back, but also don’t let your back straighten up. Either of these will cause your ideal plane to shift. “Maintain a consistent top-of-backswing position” by checking that your left shoulder is tucked directly under your chin.

The correct ball position and good posture can be game changers. Whenever you get nervous, always go back to the basics.

Butch Harmon

If you feel tense, focus on making a complete, “rhythmic” motion to the top. Turn your lead shoulder behind the ball, which will automatically cause your body to shift forward coming down. Make sure to take your time swinging back. There’s no rush.

Also, don’t allow your body to stop turning for maximum impact. Most big hooks come from when the body slows down, causing “the momentum of the swing to flip the club over and snap the face closed.” If you set your shoulders, hips, knees and feet parallel to your target line, your swing back will be more accurate.

Jim Flick

To practice a successful drive, “begin by hitting a line of balls in a continuous motion.” Flick warns against modeling your golf technique to match the pros, as it could lead to injury by over-rotating their hips and shoulders.

What he suggests concentrating on is your clubhead speed, and control of your movements. Make sure you’re swinging your club “rhythmically,” allowing your clubface to rotate open on your backswing. This will create more clubhead speed. You need to train your body to react to the club rather than over-controlling it. Learn to adapt with your feet and legs, and keep your hands relaxed so the club can swing freely.

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