Tips on Driving Golf Balls
Once you have practiced enough to know how to correctly hit the golf ball by tuning your swing, you should then learn how to launch the ball for different purposes. For this one, we will go through the basics of driving the ball and hitting it straight every time. This is because the sidespin of balls may cause a curvature in your shots. Correct this to straighten your shots and increase accuracy to the target line.
Some would say that hitting golf balls are easy, but hitting them straight would be a more difficult task. It is frustrating for a player to lose their shot because the ball hooked or sliced. By tuning your sing further, you can hit straight shots. This would require you to sacrifice a bit of your accuracy if you focus too much on straightening your shot, so enhance your accuracy until it is second nature to make up for this.
The first step is to identify what club type and number will work best for your distance and personal strength. This would determine the flex of the club that will match your swing. Below average shot distances by men are going to play better using clubs meant for seniors and women. Players who have shot distances above average should use stiffer golf clubs. Strengthen your grip by moving it in the direction of your dominant hand. Do this, but don’t increase the pressure too much, do not let your grip be too tight; your wrists and forearm muscles should be relaxed but ready for action.
Get in a good address position. An athletic, correct posture is a good position to swing from. Your legs should be about shoulder-width apart, with your weight centered on the balls of your feet. Your knees are to be slightly bent and lean a little forward from the hips. Your feet hips and shoulders should be in a plane parallel to your target line. Your shoulders may not be leveled in this position, but always follow that parallel-plane rule.
Next, position yourself to the ball. It should be opposite the instep of your back foot. Distance yourself from the ball so that your club’s head is grounded and will make solid contact when swung. Practice in the field often to enhance your swing speed and increase your shot distance. However, never change speeds mid-swing. You need a steady speed for during both the backswing and the downswing. Your wrists will naturally move during your backswing so don’t cock them at the top. This won’t help at all and you will change the angle of your swing. Many try this to add power to their shot on the golf balls, but it results in errant drives.
In driving the ball, here are a few points you need to remember :
• Have proper equipment.
Most players have eight to fifteen clubs for their play. Make sure you have a club specifically matched to your skills for a drive. A lofted driver averaging around eleven degrees will get you more consistency in your shots. Touring professionals choose to do this with 9-10 degree drivers.
• Start with your front foot during swing to give your shot more loft when starting up.
As you move for your backswing, steadily transfer your weight to your back foot. This will provide more power to your shots.
• Even if gripping harder and adding more pressure to your grip provides results.
This is largely incorrect and won’t be able to give consistent distances. The best gripping advice around says you should grip the club as if holding a bird securely but not killing it. The tighter you hold the club, the less your power will transfer to the golf balls. But holding it too loose will make your club fly! So find the best grip for your swing.
• Keep you downswing calm and unhurried.
Basically, don’t change speeds mid-swing. By letting the downswing come naturally, the club will still be accelerating on contact and transfer this to the ball upon impact.
Other than this, there are more basic tips like look at your target line carefully before and after swing. But lifting your head mid-swing will end up with a hooked ball. Also, your target is not to swing “at” the ball; you should be swinging “along” a target line you have established before moving, the ball being in the line. And lastly, trying to hit the ball with the power coming from the arms lose power and thus shorten the shot distance. Hit the ball by swinging “through” it by the target line with your whole body. That’s basically it. Other golf shots are learned through practice, including enhancing the height and distance of shots.