🥇 Tips Drills and Instructions to Improve Your Golf Driver Swing

improve Golf Driver Swing

This is the complete golf driver swing instruction. We are going to inform you how to improve your driver swing set-up, backswing, downswing, impact and follow through. Also how to avoid slicing & hooking and the common mistakes many golfers make with their driver. This tips and drill will help you hit your driver better. Whether you are an established player or a beginner to the game. This is also going to help you understand the difference between an iron and a driver swing. 

Summary to improve your golf driver swing

  • Correct set-up
  • Alignment: Your feet, knees, hips and shoulders should be parallel to the target. 
  • Golf grip: Default golf grip is neutral. For slicers, use a stronger grip. If you hook, try a weaker grip.
  • Stance: Stance should minimum as wide as our shoulders
  • Tee height: The golf ball should be half above the club head crown
  • Ideal ball position: inside of your left foot or at the logo of your shirt.
  • Shoulder tilt: Drop our right shoulder, we are more behind the golf ball, to hit up on the ball
  • Distance away from the golf ball: Our hands are more below our chin and we got more than a stretch outward.
  • Driver backswing:
  • We want to be super straight going back towards, where your arm and the golf club is in full stretch mode and rotating to the top of the backswing.
  • Rotate our body, our shoulders and our hips, allowing the golf club to move straight back and then around the body
  • As we start to rotate back, its ideal to start pushing weights into the right heel
  • Stay behind the golf ball and thus create the power.
  • Downswing and impact:
  • Keeping up the tilt behind the golf ball and during the shot our head will stay more behind the golf ball as we make the impact.
  • Strike in the middle of driver face, for good spin characteristics, with fantastic height and distance
  • When we strike the ball, we start to rotate the hip around and start to move more weight to the left of the body.
  • Then we lift the right heel off the floor, as we rotate our body, to finish the weight on the left side, with complete body rotation and full balance.

Table Of Contents

The Difference in Driver and Iron Swing

golf driver vs. iron swing
  • For driver, the ball position is inside of left foot. For irons, the ball position starts from center of the body for the short irons and moving slightly forward as you play the long irons.
  • Wider stance for the drivers for stability, as compared to irons.
  • For driver swing, you have a downward tilt to the right shoulder (right hand golfers)
  • For drivers you hit up on the golf ball. But for irons you hit down on the golf ball.

It is important to understand the difference between the driver golf swing compared to an iron swing. We swing at maximum speed with a driver because it is the longest golf club that we carry in our bag. We are also presented with the least amount of loft, for a full swing. Both those two characteristics alone makes this golf shot a little bit harder to accomplish. But with the correct set up and the correct mindset, we are going to hit consistently. Iron is very much a downward striking golf swing, we want to hit down on a golf ball, hit the ball first, and take the ground after. But with the driver, we have the ball teed up already, so it is a huge advantage. And we hit it more up on the golf ball. We want to get that golf club moving up into the back of the ball, to sweep the ball off the tee. Thus, making good contact at the head and making sure our golf swing is creating the correct amount of power. So for a driver, we want to hit more on the way up, but for irons we want to hit more on the way down. That is the biggest differences between iron and driver swing mechanics.

Proper Grip - for golf driver swing

golf driver swing correct grip

For the correct driver grip, these are 3 things you want to accomplish.  

  1. Hands Together – hands melded together with the club and working together. That way you have complete control of the golf club.
  2. Hinge Club Properly – You want to hinge the club properly. That way as you get the lag and then release it in the golf swing.
  3. Hands Turned Correctly – You want to have the hands turn correctly. For a neutral golf grip, the “V” between the thumb and forefinger point toward the right shoulder(right handed golfer).

Perfect driver set-up and tee height - for your swing

golf driver swing alignment

Setup is an incredibly important part of hitting a driver well. The biggest difference between an iron swing and a driver swing mechanics, is the way we angle into the golf ball. In iron, we hit down and in driver, we hit on the way up. It can be influenced heavily by the way we set-up to the golf ball. We going to go through the stance, ball position and body tilt. And we going to discuss a little bit about distance away from the golf ball. And finally, tee height. These are all very important.

Correct Set-up - for driver swing

The first thing that we want to do when looking at hitting the driver well, is addressing the golf ball. Our feet are narrow, and our golf club is absolutely straight. Standing at the driver set-up, we should take a tiny step with your left foot, but keeping the golf ball inside of the left foot. And then take the right stance, wide enough to support our shoulder frame. At all times we are keeping our golf club as straight as we can. We don’t want our golf club leaning forward or leaning back. We are keeping the golf club really straight. That ball is inside our front leg. Our right foot has moved far enough back to incorporate this width of stance. Creating the same width as our shoulders. The club is staying level when we take hold of it. Check here to find out more about the proper golf grip. The grip doesn’t change from an iron shot to a driver shot.

Ideal Ball position for a driver swing

golf driver swing ball position

The ball position should be inside of your left foot or at the logo of your shirt. For driver, we usually have a wider stance than irons, so that we get a better body balance and also enable us to hit up on the golf ball. The forward position of the ball really helps that club to move up into the back of the ball and get that positive angle of attack. We are also keeping that shaft level, to make sure that we don’t take too much loft off the golf club or add any.

Shoulder tilt for swing

We drop our right shoulder, so that we get the angle in our shoulders. We are more behind the golf ball than ever before now. That is going to really help us hit up on the ball. We are looking at ball position inside the front foot, the width of stance is our shoulder frame. Keep that shaft super level and just drop that right shoulder down and keeping that position.

Distance away from the golf ball for the swing

golf driver swing set up

When we set up to the golf ball, our hands are more below our chin and we got more than a stretch outward. For iron swing the ball is lot closer to the body. For a driver, we need enough space to swing freely. So we got the shoulder tilt, we are behind the golf ball, the shaft is level, got enough distance away from the ball. Now we can hit the way up and move into our backswing nicely.

Tee height for a correct driver swing

golf driver tee height

Another really important aspect of hitting driver well, is tee height. The golf ball should be half above the club heads crown. That is going to help us, hit up on the ball. And get a strike that is high on the club face to reduce the spin rate. Every driver head size is different, depending on the individual drivers. But as a rule of thumb, we are looking for half golf ball, be above the top of the club head. In contrast to that, if golf ball sits too low to the driver, we cannot effectively hit up on the golf ball. If it is too high, you may hit it too much from the inside and thus creating too much curvature.

Driver backswing - for correct golf swing sequence

golf Driver backswing sequence

We are now moving into the backswing section of this golf driver lesson. We will discuss about the backswing and how to create the power. How we keep the body turning, so that we make sure that we hit up on the golf ball and really create that penetrating flight. So far, we established the setup, get the body tilt behind the golf ball and get the correct distance between the ball and feet. Lets look in to backswing.

Rotate fully at backswing

We have got to make sure as we rotate into the backswing, so that we do not jeopardize all that good work we have done so far. If we draw a line, from the golf ball, it goes past our left ear. For a driver, we want to look at staying behind that line. As we rotate to the top of our backswing, there is also a limit, as we don’t want to go too far back. If we do, then we are going to end up hitting the ground too far behind the golf ball. In our backswing, our upper body and hips rotate, but make sure that we stay behind the golf ball.  We are looking to rotate our body, our shoulders and our hips, allowing the golf club to move straight back and then around the body. As we get to top of our swing, we are slightly behind the golf ball and completely rotated our body to create power. The golf club went straight back and and reached the top of the backswing.

Wider take-away at backswing

With the driver we don’t have to create a great deal of wrist hinge. We are looking for a little bit more of a wider take away with the arm and the golf club. As we get to about halfway in the takeaway position, move the golf club more around the body to get that real coiling effect. The golf club works more through the body, as opposed to going straight up or straight underneath. So, we want to super straight going back towards, where your arm and the golf club is in full stretch mode and rotating to the top of the backswing. Stay behind the golf ball and thus we create the power.

Weight shift to right heel for power in swing

As we rotate, in the backswing, we are starting to move our weight into the right foot. So at address, we are relatively 50 50 in our weight set up, even though our shoulder is tilted. As we start to rotate back, its ideal to start pushing weights into the right heel. So, as we start to rotate, we are pushing more weight into the right heel. And we are moving our upper body behind the golf ball and thus creating plenty of power.

Downswing and impact - for proper driver swing sequence

Golf driver Downswing impact

Lets check on downswing and impact. How we can deliver all the effective power, that we just created in the backswing and deliver into the golf ball. So now we are coming down into the shot and make impact on the golf ball. Keep that angle of attack up. Once you go through the setup, we stand behind the golf ball, we have got the body tilt and we have moved into backswing with rotation, moving the weight slightly right heel and stay behind the golf ball.

Rotate and Unwind in golf downswing

It is now a case of allowing the body to rotate, to unwind while we are maintaining the tilt in the upper body. Our hips and body rotate through. And this is going to allow us to stay behind the golf ball, at the point of contact and hit up on the ball. We keep the body shape and keeping the extension of the golf club, as we go through the shot. That will help the driver, sweep up on the golf ball. You will notice that as we are coming to the golf shot, our shaft angle is coming back through, almost as straight as we started the shot. We are keeping up the tilt behind the golf ball and during the shot our head will stay more behind the golf ball as we make the impact.

Strike location on the driver face

golf driver swing sweet spot

One of the other big factor we really want you to look at is, the strike location on the driver head. The strike is so important, as lot of golfers unfortunately overlook it and believe anywhere on the club face will work. Drivers have become more forgiving these days without question, but you have still got to hit it, in the middle of the club face. Use an athlete foot powder spray. Spray it on the club face, as it leaves a white mist on the face, as you hit a golf shot. You will notice, where your patterns actually are. Ideally the grouping of shots should be quite tight. For a higher handicapper that grouping can be very spread across the face. This can influence direction enormously. If you hit too much in the heel, the shot shape is going to be a fade or slice. If you hit the toe, you have more of a curvature towards the left. Higher and slightly towards the toe is absolutely perfect. If we can get there, you’ll get good spin characteristics, with fantastic height and distance, without too much curvature. So, strike location is really key, for a great shot.

The follow through - for correct golf driver swing sequence

golf driver swing follow through

Now we are going to discuss about tips on driver follow-through. Follow-through plays an integral part to the success of the shot. We have to think a little bit more about the follow-through, not just to maximize the distance, but also to swing with balance and to get the direction we are looking for. As we are coming down to hit the golf ball, we start to rotate and re-coil. Hit up on the golf ball and sweeping it off the tee peg. It is really important to make sure that the arms continue to stretch and work around the body. Then we start to transfer the weight around to the left-hand side. As we get to the downswing, it is not going straight upwards but working around the body in an arc. We try to hit the golf ball with a straight face and allow the curvature of that golf swing to get it moving more over the left shoulder.

Maintain the balance during the swing follow-through

When we strike the ball, we start to rotate the hip around and start to move more weight to the left of the body. Then we lift the right heel off the floor, as we rotate our body, to finish the weight on the left side, with complete body rotation and full balance. The best pros in the world develops great levels of power, but they are very balanced after each of their shots. You have to maintain good balance, but still create loads of power.

How to stop Slicing with driver?

The following are the biggest causes of slicing as you swing a driver. Try to practice these, to stop slicing with your driver.

  • First of all, you need a stronger grip.
  • Your feet, knees, hips and shoulder must be parallel to the target.
  • Ball position inside the lead feet
  • Try an inside-out swing path.
  • Finally, you need to have shaft(stiffness), that suits your swing speed.

How to stop Hooking with driver?

Understand and practice the following factors below, to eliminate hooking with a golf driver.

  • First make your grip weaker.
  • Ball position inside the lead leg.
  • Make an outside-in swing path.
  • You want your feet, knees, hips and shoulder are parallel to the target.

3 most common mistakes with golf driver swing

We are going to go through most common mistakes golfers make when hitting the driver. One of these is at sets up, second one is through the golf swing and last one is right down at the impact, in terms of how we deliver the club to the ball.

Bad upper-body alignment when swinging

Number one fault we see, is bad upper body aligned or aiming too much to the left of the target (right hand golfer). With the driver, the ball has to be positioned much further up in the stands. When the ball is at the front, we see that most players also align their body too much to the left, as a way to get on top of the ball. The body is forced to be open and thus aiming to the left. 

We need to stay behind the ball, to deliver an upward hit on the ball. Make sure that the lead shoulder is higher than the trial shoulder. Always use an alignment stick while practising, so you get a feel of where your target is at all times.

Open club face during the downswing

The second fault that we see from golfers is, that the club face which is too open or twisted during the downswing. The result is, we are more likely to hit the ball way off to the right of my target.

Try having a stronger grip, if you slice. This will help you square up the club face at impact or give you a slight draw.

Downward angle of attack at impact

The third mistake we see is, golf club having a downward angle of attack.  We often see golfers hitting slightly down on the drive, which is not ideal for good flight and distance. For irons the downward angle of attack is good, to get better compression. But not for driver. With the driver we would like to hit the golf ball on the upswing.

Distance Yardage chart for Golf Drivers

Below we have compiled a distance chart for golf drivers.

Note! This is just a rough estimate of the co-relation between your swing speed and the distance. Obviously the distance varies between different club manufactures. The loft and lie angle on a driver from Callaway could be different to that of Taylormade. The loft and lie angle influences how much distance you get out of a driver.

According to the data, at lower swing speeds, having a low lofted driver does not give you the best distance. You are advised to use a higher lofted drivers at lower swing speeds! Also we advice you to get fitted at the local golf shop for more accurate distances.

TOTAL DISTANCE IN YARDS CARRY + ROLL

SwingSpeedDriverLoft   
mph11°13°15°
70155164171176
80196206212216
90229237240245
100262269265258
110295288281273

Q&A Golf Driver Swing!

What are the most important golf driver swing tips for beginners?

  • Neutral golf grip, where the “V” between the thumb and index finger points to the right shoulder.
  • Club head aligned to the target and your body parallel to the target line  
  • Easy and relaxed backswing, with proper body rotation.
  • Proper downswing, where you club follows an inside-to-inside arc. Stay behind the golf ball and thus create the power.
  • Sweep the ball off the tees on the way up.
  • Finish the follow through, with proper weight transfer to the left side.

Do you need wrist hinge during golf driver swing?

With the driver we don’t actually have to create a great deal of wrist hinge. We are looking for a little bit more of a wider take away with the arm and the golf club. As we get to about halfway in the takeaway position, that is the case of moving the golf club more around the body to get that real coiling effect.

Short or long follow through for golf driver swing?

We need long follow through with the golf driver, as we are re-coiling all that power on to the golf ball. For certain shots with irons you can have short follow through. Example: punch shots with irons.

What is swing plane of a golf swing?

The plane is an imaginary arc that explains the path and angle on which the club swings. The golf swing includes a backswing plane and a downswing plane. You can be on plane, above the plane(upright) or below the plane(flat). The swing plane affects direction and the trajectory of a golf ball.

How do you avoid chicken wings in golf swing?

You can eliminate the dreaded chicken wings by keeping their elbows tighter and working together through the golf swing. We want your arms to be fully extended after the contact.

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