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Is the driver really harder to hit than any other club in the bag?

For decades people have been filled with the information that the driver is a club that is difficult to hit. That the driver is the hardest club in the bag to hit.

And yet the manufacturers are telling us a different story that the drivers are getting easier and easier to hit a long way…and straight!

So which is it?

Well I don´t believe it is either, in fact both are just pure speculation and do not belong in the game of golf.

The truth of the matter is that the driver is simply another golf club which we swing at a golf ball perched on a tee.

What do we change about our swings to get the most out of the driver and ensure that the shot is a good one?

The answer I hope is the following:

Stand further away from the ball, as the driver is longer than any other club in the bag and move the ball towards the target so that we hit the ball in the upswing.

It is something that I feel is not taught with enough consistency to get people believing that the driver is simply another golf club. If we make the adjustments to the distance that we stand away from the ball and the ball position then we stand jut the same chance of hitting a good shot as we do when we are hitting our favourite club.

We do not change our swing or try to make a swing that is distinctly different to our normal swing with the other clubs. If we did, all golfers would need to learn 13 swings to be able to use all their clubs in the bag. Which not only sounds impractical and ridiculous, it would be a nightmare for any aspiring golfer to try and achieve.

I have been teaching my clients this for years, but on a weekly basis I am asked the same questions about how to swing the driver in order to achieve the best results.

My response as you will have probably worked out already is to change nothing with the movement and rotation that you are making with the driver. Swing it as though it was a 7 iron. The change comes only within the posture and set up with the driver, just as it would do for the change between a pitching wedge and a 7 iron.

What you do need to be aware of is that any mistake that you make with the driver will be more noticeable, or exaggerated. So a bad tee shot with a driver will result in a worse shot than a bad shot with a 7 iron.

This has nothing to do with the driver being harder to hit. It is because the less loft a golf club has the more effect you create on the ball.

If you put side spin on the ball with a seven iron it will not be as severe as if you put side spin on the ball with a driver.

Was your swing any better or worse with the driver or with the seen iron? No, it was more or less the same swing, just with greater consequences.

I want you to try and keep your golf game as simple as possible and with the driver the easiest changes you can make is to your set up and to the ball position.

It is worth taking note of where you play the ball with each club and ensure that you move the ball at least 2 widths towards the target when teeing it up with a driver. This will help you to ensure that you are hitting the ball during the upswing, helping you to launch the ball into the air and generate more distance in doing so.

Until Next Time,

The Golf Swing Doctor,

 

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