A successful golf drive requires golfers to achieve two goals at the same time. The first is to strike the ball at the correct distance–not too far and not too short. Secondly, the drive must be accurate and land the ball in a good spot near the hole. Without a good drive, all the putting skills in the world won’t help you score as well as you would like. The good news is that there are some easy golf driving tips you can use to improve your game the next time you play.
Here are a few golf driving tips you can use during your next game to improve distance and accuracy:
- Widen your stance. Widening your stance will improve your balance and provide more power for your swing. The outside of your shoulders should line up with the inside of your heels. You may need a partner to give you feedback to ensure your stance is wide enough until you get used to the correct position for your feet. With the proper stance, you’ll be able to swing your driver faster, and that translates to more distance for the ball.
- Bend your spine. As you swing the driver, you want the direction of the club and ball to go upward. The best way to accomplish this is by slightly tilting your spine and shoulders, so the shoulder behind the ball is down. Your club should move upwards as you swing and loft the ball toward the sky.
- Go for more loft. The loft represents the angle of the face of the driver when the driver is sitting flush with the ground: the more angle, the greater the loft. A standard loft for a driver is between 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. Most modern drivers are adjustable. You must experiment with your driver and the adjustments to find the correct loft for your swing. Our guests can always ask the Eagle Point Golf Club staff for help adjusting the driver loft.
- Workout. Yes, you read that correctly. Achieving a good drive means having good power on the swing. Visiting the gym regularly for strength training will help you have a better swing on the course. Plus, getting a bit of cardio at the gym will make it easier for you to traverse the course and enjoy its beauty.
- Stretch. Muscles get tighter with age, making it harder to swing the club optimally and leaving you at risk for strains, tears, and other injuries. Establishing a simple, daily stretching routine will improve your game and help you move efficiently in all parts of your everyday life. Most people experience significant changes to their flexibility in as little as a month.
Next, you’ll want to work on improving your accuracy. Achieving a straighter drive is possible for every player. Click here to read tips our team compiled about achieving a straighter drive.
For more help improving your golf game, contact our Eagle Point Golf Club Academy.
We encourage our members and guests at the Eagle Point Golf Club to take advantage of personalized tune-up sessions. These mini-lessons are designed to help golfers warm-up and fine-tune a handful of skills before hitting the greens. During a session, we’ll start by introducing you to some easy warm-up exercises designed to achieve balance and alignment on the course.
Next, one of our professional trainers will observe your swing in a few different scenarios. We’ll pinpoint specific issues getting in the way of your game, such as aligning the perfect swing on the chipping green. Next, we’ll introduce a few simple exercises for you to practice to perfect your short game. By targeting just a couple of critical items, you’ll be headed to your game in no time with a manageable number of techniques to put into practice.
If you’re ready to take your game to the next level, call the Eagle Point Golf Club at 541-826-8225 to inquire about golf lessons. We’re excited to see your game improve!