3 STEPS TO HIT MORE FAIRWAYS WITH YOUR DRIVER
Striking your driver and watching it soar down the fairway is such an incredible feeling. Hitting more fairways and being consistent with your driver takes practice and commitment. People always use the term “Drive For Show, Putt For Dough” I agree, but how you position your drive in the fairway will almost always set the tone for how you will approach the pin and finish the hole. The ultimate goal is to crush your driver down the fairway and leave yourself a good look at the pin.
Step 1 | Your alignment is key to hitting the fairway consistently. At address, make sure your feet, shoulders and club face are aimed at your target. Before pulling the trigger, give yourself one word to say in your mind that will allow your mind and body to stay calm, confident and positive throughout your swing. The words “smooth” or “commit” are great examples.
Step 2 | Try this as a drill. At the top of your golf swing, before pulling the trigger, try and have a slight pause. This will let you and your body know that you have completed your backswing. Feel the pause and loaded power at the top. This feeling will also give your mind and body time to transition the club to your downswing on a better plane, helping you to maintain good angles into your downswing. Do this a few times in a drill format to get comfortable with the feeling before putting the complete swing into action.
Step 3 | The beauty of your downswing is that it allows for you to turn your lower body and rotate your arms powerfully into the ball. It is a wonderful feeling to have great contact and great tempo when you strike the ball. Having a good extension into your downswing is important as well. Good extension means to have width through the ball; this will allow for your club to travel on a wide swing plane creating a solid impact and consistency onto the fairways. Feel the width during your downswing, feel the power and know that if you can visualize this width coming down into the ball, it can also be helpful when you are putting everything together