Drive shot is required on almost all the par-four and par-five holes. A good drive is what makes your chances of making a birdie clearer. A straight and long tee-shot can lead a player to an easy pin attack for the approach shot. The stats tell that fairway regulation is also a significant factor in breaking the seventy. On the par-five holes, a long and accurate tee-shot creates a better opportunity to score an eagle.
The key factors generating a good drive are A proper grip, stance, and a proper swing.
A proper grip is the first lesson every golfer learns when they start playing golf. One can have any of the three grips, interlocking, overlapping, and ten-fingered, but the lead-hand should be near the end of the grip towards the player, and the backhand should be adjacent to the lead-hand. This is also why its popular to use a quality golf glove to get a better control over the club while hitting a drive shot.
Stance for a sweet-spot impact
The player should be standing straight while putting his weight at his heels with a little bent in knees. Distance between feet should be a little wider as compared to the stance during the iron shot. The front foot’s toe should be slightly opened towards the target; it provides a better weight shift and hip roll during the impact. The ball should be placed near the lead foot’s heel for an ideal shot, and if a low trajectory shot is required, the ball should be placed aligned to the center of legs.
A proper swing
An adequate swing is lifting the driver head backward in a slow-motion while making an arc. Shoulders should also turn with the backswing when the clubhead reaches the maximum; then, the player should see the ball from the top of the lead shoulder.
And from there, down-swing should start in the same direction as the backswing. While the driver’s head is going towards the ball, the shoulder roll should also begin with a hip turn.
The driver’s head should impact the ball at the sweet-spot with the momentum of the swing with the power of backhand.
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After the ball and clubhead’s impact, with a synchronized shoulder and hip turn, a follow-through should be completed. During the follow-through, the full weight of the player should also be shifted to the front foot.