Driving Tips For New Golfers

Tip 1: The Step Over
One of the biggest problems with novice golfers as they try to drive down the fairway is that they do not transfer their weight. In order to transfer weight properly, practice taking a step after your golf swing. Bringing your back foot forward will make sure that all your weight is on the front foot.
Remember: It is also important to make sure you complete your golf swing. You may feel a bit awkward at first, but weight transfer is a large part of generating power when driving.
Tip 2: Ball Position Reversal
Golf beginners are often told that the way to hit a more lofty shot is to put the golf ball further back in their golf stance. When you are using a driver, this is reversed. If you are looking for more loft in your drives place the golf ball slightly further forward in your golf stance.
Note: If it is a windy day on the golf course and you find that it is affecting your drives, try the opposite. Put your golf ball further back in your stance and you will be able to hit a line drive down the fairway and keep it from being affected by the wind.
Tip 3: Stable Base, Perfect Backswing
A balanced and stable golf stance translates into a beautiful golf swing. To obtain this, make sure that you back foot is solid, has the majority of your body weight on it, and that your knee is bent for stability. A strong back foot base enables the golfer to really swing through the golf ball.
Tip 4: Grip both Firm and Soft
Because there is more speed involved with a drive than any other golf shot, new golfers feel they need to grip the golf club more tightly as well. This is a mistake. The tension works up the forearm and into the shoulder causing the golfer to miss hit the golf ball.
The Fix: Before you settle in to begin your golf swing, check your back hand (or strong hand). It should be firm, but without tension. If you think of a 10 as the hardest you can squeeze the golf club, a tension level of 5-7 is just right.
Tip 5: Big Muscles = Big Shots
Golfing is a sport for the entire body, not just the wrists or arms. New golfers tend to forget this. Using the larger muscles of your truck, legs, and back is important with any long golf shot, but more so when driving. Learn to transfer the power of those muscles into your swing for huge drives.

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