Golf Tips And Lessons

How To Hit a Driver Off the Fairway and Pure It Every Time

Just quickly before I get started on explaining this advanced tip, if you're looking for a complete guide on all things golfing, check out Jack Moorehouse's "How to Break 80":

This tip is not for everyone. Those who are new to golf should file this tip away for a couple of years until they have gained some experience and confidence.

But for those who have been playing for awhile and have honed their fundamentals, using the driver off the fairway can be a very powerful tool.

The decision to use your driver off the deck should not be taken lightly. There are only a few situations in which you should even consider using this club on the fairway. But when you need a low trajectory, distance, and higher ball speed, this is the shot to use.

Here is how you execute this tricky shot.

For right-handed golfers, a driver off the deck will almost always produce a fade. In order to work with this, you have to align your body to the left of your target. This means aiming your clubface, hips, knees, shoulders and feet to the left.

In order to make the proper contact with the ball, you need to play the golf ball off your forward (or lead) heel. Because your ball is not teed up, you cannot hit the ball on the upswing. This means that positioning the ball correctly in your stance is critical.

During your golf downswing, it is important to turn your shoulders under your head to allow the club to swing to the left after it makes contact with the ball.

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You also need to ensure that you swing your arms left of your body once you hit the ball. If you fail to do this you will probably end up with a huge, ugly slice.

This shot can also lead to a wicked duck hook. To prevent that from happening, try to have the clubface slightly open as it comes into contact with the ball.

This shot will not work if you fail to hit the ball first, turf second. Resist the urge to sweep your driver under the ball and do not fall into the trap of thinking you have to pick the ball cleanly off the fairway. Take a divot with this shot.

The best time to use this shot is when you are on a flat fairway. If the ball is severely above or below your feet, seriously consider using another club.

As you might imagine, this is not the kind of shot that you simply decide to play without having prepared for it. You can practice this shot at most driving ranges. Just make sure you practice from natural grass. If you try to practice this shot off a regular tee mat, you will not be able to get the right impact on the ball.

Remember, this shot demands that you hit the ball first, turf second, and this normally leads to taking a divot. And, as you know, you cannot take a divot out of a plastic matt.

This last tip is one I wish someone had shared with me. If you have an old driver in the garage, use that when you first begin practicing this shot. I cannot tell you how many times I chunked my driver into the dirt when I first began learning this somewhat tricky swing. In the end, the head of the driver was out of angle and I had to discard it.

The morale of this story: use an old driver just in case you, too, chunk the head into the turf. You do not want to ruin a fine, workable driver.

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Remember, if you're not quite ready for this tricky shot, check out Jack Moorehouse's guide called "How to Break 80":

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