Driver: most recreational golfers struggle with this club the most. By trying to hit it hard and not being able to keep the ball in the fairway, most recreational players tend to strive for perfection thinking they can hit the driver 300 yards every time they touch the club. In reality, that is not the case. During a typical round of golf, Rory Mcilroy, widely regarded as the best driver on the planet, might hit 1 – 2 perfect drives. Seems crazy when you think about it, but those “perfect” drives come from a proper setup and not having to manipulate the club when it is in a bad position to make proper contact.
Most players have three common issues with tee shots:
- Ball Position
- Attack Angle
- Club Selection
More times than not, recreational players place their ball position in the middle of their stance; like they would hit an iron. A driver swing and an iron swing is not the same swing. With an iron, you are swinging the club on a downward attack angle. With a driver you are doing the exact opposite with an upward attack angle. Ball position can solve both of these issues. Moving the ball up in your stance — toward the inside of your left foot (if you are righthanded) will make you swing up on a driver. To test this out, use the Practice Range or Long Drive feature. Notice the difference in spin, launch, and carry when you swing down versus the numbers when you swing up with a driver. Having a steeper attack angle will cause the ball to spin more and carry less.
Another way to change your attack angle is by tee height. Top 100 Instructor Joe Hallett gives us an example on how to improve your tee shots when using the Long Drive feature. By adjusting your tee height, you can change your attack angle with a driver.
Finally, driver is not always the most prudent play. Notice the trouble areas off the tee and make your club selection based on what the course allows. Sometimes it’s best to take a lesser club, keep the ball in play and not have to force the issue with 14 driver’s a round.
Taking into account ball position, attack angle, and club selection will dramatically improve your tee shots.