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By Paul Myers

Some golfers make the mistake of thinking that their driver swing is the same as their iron swing, and that the two can be practiced in the same way. This can be a costly error that could lead to problems in both swings. The driver swing and the iron swing are not the same if you are maximizing for distance off the tee, and they each need separate attention if they are going to improve successfully. This article is focused on the driver swing specifically, and what you can do to practice it properly.

Start with Your Rhythm

Good golf swings need good rhythm, but rhythm may never be more important than it is with the driver, simply because the driver is the club that sends the ball the farthest – and potentially the farthest off line. To keep control of your ball flight with the driver, maintaining good tempo all round long is crucial. To work on your rhythm, practice blowing a small amount of air out of your mouth or nose during a practice swing. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just enough for you to be aware of it. If when you swing, there is a big spike in the air flow, you are probably swinging with too much tension and could be out of rhythm. Try to swing and keep that air flow steady. Steady air flow = better rhythm.

Find Your Balance

Hanging back on the trail foot during a driver swing is a common mistake, and could lead to an ugly slice. To get your balance in order for your driver swing, try the following drill. Without using a golf ball, get ready to make a swing with your driver on the practice tee. As you move into the follow through, make sure your weight has moved enough toward your target so that your trail foot actually comes up off the ground slightly. If you are able to do this, it is a sure sign that your weight has moved effectively toward the target and not gotten stuck on your right side (for a right handed golfer).

The two drills above can be a nice way to work on the development of your driver swing- and neither one even requires that you hit a golf ball. Once you have put in some time on these drills, go ahead and go back to your regular swing and hit a few balls. If the drills have done their job correctly, you may notice a change in your ball flight and the way your swing feels with the driver. Then you might go back to these drills periodically to reinforce the ideas and make sure your driver swing stays on track.

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By Paul Myers

In a hurry to hit the ball as far as they can, some golfers rush through their driver swing. While it might feel like you are swinging harder by putting in more effort, that can actually slow the swing down and also rob you of accuracy. Most of the time, you will have more success building speed in your driver swing if take your time and use a sub-maximum tempo (maybe 90-95% or less) that keeps all of your moving parts in proper sequence to lead the club into impact just perfectly. If you have been swinging your driver “quick” up to this point, the change might take some time – but you may be very impressed with the results.

It Starts in the Takeaway

A slower not-overdoing-it driver swing starts by moving the club away a bit slower from the ball. In fact, this can be a key moment in the driver swing that sets up your tempo. When you pull the club back quickly through the first foot or so of the swing, you may be set on a path for an overly quick swing and may not be much you can do to change it at that point. A subtly slower takeaway can do you plenty of favors, including helping you stay on balance and also softly engaging your core muscles to be used through the rest of the driver swing. A fast takeaway can create a tendency to lift you up and out of your posture, making it difficult to hit a solid shot in the end. Work on a slightly slower takeaway (not sure slow, just slow enough to stay in control) and you may quickly see how much it can benefit your game.

Time at the Top

The only point in the driver swing where the club needs to be moving fast is through impact – other than that, you are free to take your time and let it build naturally. Nowhere is this more true than during the transition from backswing to downswing. This is a relatively common ‘rush’ spot in the driver swing where many amateurs see things go awry. Take your time during the transition part of your swing to make sure that you are on balance and that your lower body is leading the move down toward impact. You probably don’t want your arms and hands to lead the way – in fact, you may want them to be the last thing that comes through the zone. Feel like there is a short subtle pause at the top of your driver swing for everything to gather, and then start down with your lower body pulling the club into position.

Golf can be a paradox in a lot of ways, and hitting long drives is one of those things that may seem a little backwards. You feel like you should swing as fast and hard as possible to generate speed, but overdoing it can be counterproductive. If you can make a smooth, easy driver swing that only gets fast  right through impact, you will likely be more consistent with your power. It might take some time to get the proper feeling for how to generate easy power, but it is an amazing ability to possess once you get comfortable and put in the practice time.

If you liked the article about the driver swing and you think it would help another golfer, please like it.

 

To learn more about Swing Man Golf products and hit it longer with swing speed training, click here.

And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

…based on gender, age, handicap and average driving distance? Use this tool to find out:

Male Female