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Your Guide to How to Drive a Golf Ball

Your Guide to How to Drive a Golf Ball

The golf game is growing like it did in the height of its popularity. Almost as many people are picking up the game as they were when Tiger Woods was in the prime of his career.

There are almost 30,000,000 golfers in the US, and many of them are starting to play for the very first time.

It's common to struggle with simple golfing fundamentals if you're a beginner. Learning how to drive a golf ball and how to use a golf driver seem simple, but take a bit of practice.

Thankfully, we've compiled a guide you can use to help figure out the basics before your next golf outing.

Grip

Your grip is one of the most important elements in driving a golf ball, and it's not as intuitive as you might think.

Take the club in your opposite hand first - if you're right-handed, grip it with your left hand. Stick out your thumb and point it at the ground.

Next, take your right hand and place it so that your left thumb fits snugly in the V your pointer finger and thumb create. Don't hold the club too tightly or it will negatively affect your grip and how you hit the ball.

Stance

Stance is another critical ingredient in your golf swing, especially if you're trying to learn how to hit a golf ball farther or how to drive a golf ball straight.

Stand to face the ball, and line it up with the point of your front foot. Your feet should be about shoulder width apart, but a little wider won't hurt too much. Find a comfortable stance at the range and adjust from there for perfection.

You should distribute your weight evenly before starting your swing.

Swing

Your swing might be the biggest factor in driving the golf ball. Your stance and grip can be perfect, but if your swing isn't there you'll find your drive to be disappointing.

Bring your club back slowly, shifting your weight to your back foot. Take a big backswing when you're doing this. It might even feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable at first.

Keep your head down and take your time. There's no reason to rush your swing here.

If you've ever played baseball, then you know the saying, "Keep your eye on the ball." You want to do the same thing here. Looking at where you're about to hit will give you the best chance at solid contact.

As you finish your swing, shift your weight to your front foot and follow through with your hips. Keep your elbows tucked for as long as you can on the follow-through.

Keep in mind that you don't have to hit the ball as hard as you can. One of the tenets of golf is that the most effortless swing often sends the ball the furthest.

How to Drive a Golf Ball

Learning how to drive a golf ball isn't as hard as you might think. Practice, and it will eventually become second-nature. Don't overthink the swing and let your subconscious do the rest.

Want some more golfing and course tips? Take a look at our blog.

 

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