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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

Golf swings are quite different from player to player – even among the best players in the world. If you watch some golf on TV, it won’t take long to see that there is great variety among the golf swings of the touring professionals. Even with those differences, they are all able to produce consistently quality shots and shoot good scores on most days. There is a lesson to be learned from the variety of swings you see on the tour – that there is certainly more than one way to get the job done.

However, there are a few traits that all of the good players share. As an amateur golfer, you would be smart to try and copy the five traits below as you are working on improving both the power and consistency in your own golf swing.

#1 – Balance

If there is a golden rule when it comes to swinging the golf club, balance is it. With good balance, you should find it relatively easy to make solid contact with the ball and hit repeatable shots time after time. Balance also enables you to use all of your power and maximize the golf swing speed potential that you have inside. Without balance, a consistent golf swing is almost impossible to find, and you will probably be frustrated with the results more often than not.

#2 – Comfortable Grip

There are a variety of ways in which you can grip the club to make a golf swing, and many of them can work beautifully. However, you want to make sure that your grip is comfortable for you and that you make the same grip swing after swing. If you are ‘fighting’ your grip and feel like the club is placed awkwardly in your hands, it will be very difficult to pull together a golf swing that feels natural and repeatable.

#3 – Good Foot Work

Foot work isn’t something that most golfers think about, but it is very important in the search for a repeatable golf swing. Many amateur golfers make the mistake of having their feet moving too much during the swing, which again leads to inconsistency. Quiet feet do the job of supporting your aggressive golf swing without getting in the way or pushing you off balance. Make sure your feet stay connected to the ground as much as possible during the golf swing, and that you use them to drive through the ball and generate speed through impact.

#4 – Clear Target

Not all golf swing traits are physical in nature. Having a clear target is more of a mental game item, but it is vital to making sure your golf swing lives up to its potential. When you stand over a shot and don’t have a specific target in mind that you are trying to hit, your golf swing can suffer as a result. The first step of any shot should be to pick a clear and decisive target – from there, you can work on executing the physical elements of your golf swing to deliver the ball to the target.

#5 – Confidence

You won’t find a professional golfer who makes their swings without complete confidence in what they are doing. In fact, if you do find a pro golfer lacking confidence in their golf swing, you can be sure they won’t be a pro for much longer. Golf requires supreme confidence in order to find success, so work on trusting your own swing as much as possible. When you are practicing on the range is the time to critique your golf swing and make change – on the course, you need to believe in it completely.

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By Paul Myers

If you take some time to search the internet and look for golf swing tips, you aren’t going to be lacking for options. There are countless sites that offer golf swing tips – some more helpful than others. The problem then becomes knowing which ones to listen to, and which to ignore. After all, you don’t necessarily know the credentials of the people writing the tips, so how do you know if they are worth your time? In order to get some focus in your practice sessions and have a chance to improve your game, it can help you to narrow your focus and select just a few tips to work on at a time.

This article offers up three essential golf swing tips that could apply to almost any player. If you can implement these tips, first into your practice routine, then on the course, you may be a better golfer for your efforts.

Golf Swing Tip #1 – Balance is Important

If you only focus on one thing during your golf swing, balance is a good option. Good balance is sometimes what separates average golfers from good ones, because balance can help allow you to strike the ball consistently swing after swing. Sure, it is possible to hit good shots while off balance, but it is next to impossible to do so for an entire round of golf. Many amateur golfers who struggle with consistency are the same ones who struggle with their balance during the swing.

Golf Swing Tip #2 – Head Relatively Steady

You will often hear ‘keep your head down’ as a piece of golf swing advice. That isn’t necessarily wrong, but it isn’t necessarily right either. In fact, if you try to keep your head down during the swing, you might inhibit your shoulder rotation through the ball – potentially losing power along the way. Instead, you might focus on keeping your head relatively steady. Dramatic movement can make it difficult for many to hit the ball with clean contact, however, keeping it relatively steady and allowing some natural movement can still be okay. It’s a good middle ground.

Golf Swing Tip #3 – Less than 100%

There are very few, if any, occasions on the golf course when you should try to hit a shot as hard as you possibly can. Over the long run, it is probably best to be swinging at less than 100% effort in order to keep your balance and make clean contact with the ball. Power is important, but ultimately golf can be considered a game of prevision, not power, and it can help to keep that in mind.

As an example, PGA Tour winner David Gossett swings about 92% of his max with his driver. Any more than that and he starts to give up control. If you’ve got a radar, you can find out your personal threshold…and it’s probably not going to be more than 90-95% of your max.

It can be fun, and helpful, to hit the ball long distances, but not if you can’t keep control over its direction. Make controlled and comfortable swings that don’t push you off balance and your game should be better for it.

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By Paul Myers

Swinging a driver is not always the same as swinging the other clubs in your bag. For one thing, your driver shots come off of a tee placed that keeps the ball off the ground – meaning the mechanics of the swing sometimes have to be different in order to contact the ball at that location….especially since you are usually trying to hit your driver the maximum possible distance. Hitting a driver can be one of the most-fun parts of the day on the golf course, and it helps when you know what you are doing.

Below are three golf swing driver tips designed to help you get on track with this important club. While it might not be as important as the putter to your overall success on the course, longer hitters have lower handicaps on average, so hitting a driver consistently well is a valuable skill indeed.

Golf Swing Driver Tip #1 – Flatten It Out

Because the driver is a longer club, you should be making a flatter swing around your body, as opposed to a swing that takes a more vertical up and down shape (like on an iron shot). The driver swing is a rotational one, where your shoulders stay a little more level and the club just winds up around your back before it is unleashed into the ball. Good posture can help to set yourself up for a rounded swing – take an athletic stance and keep your back fairly straight at setup to avoid getting overly hunched over.

Golf Swing Driver Tip #2 – Balanced Backswing

The backswing for a driver is one where it helps to be perfectly on balance if you are going to maximize your power potential. You normally want to be able to unleash your full swing speed down into the ball – but you probably can’t do that as well if you are falling off balance in the backswing. Focus on keeping your weight from going outside your rear foot, you want to make sure to correct that error if it happens. Good balance goes along with the tip from above.

For some golfers, staying centered makes it easier to keep your swing moving around your body, and can make it easier to strike the ball aggressively through impact but still in balance.

Golf Swing Driver Tip #3 – Ascending Blow

Perhaps the biggest difference between hitting a driver and hitting iron shots is that if you’re going for max distance you want to hit your driver with an ascending blow, while you should hit down into your irons. Sweeping the ball up off the tee is a good way to get a flat ball flight that soars through the air and maximizes distance. Drives where you hit down the ball and have a negative angle of attack simply don’t go as far. The good news is this – if you are able to handle the first two tips, staying balanced and making a round swing with the ball teed high and forward in your stance, the ascending blow should take care of itself. So, if you are having trouble hitting up into your driver shots, look to one of the previous two tips as the likely cause of the problem.

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