How to Practice the Driver!
For most of you, you probably have one shot with your driver, that is trying to hit it long as possible.
Well, let me tell you right off the bat, I can hit at least a dozen different shots with my driver including the full long drive, short knock-down drive, driver off the fairway, low-bullet slice shots around the trees, and the list can go endless.
Because of how the driver is designed, it can be a great weapon to use even off the fairway when there’s a fair amount of wind on the golf course or you are stuck under a low-hanging tree and you need to get the ball down the fairway as far as possible.
Of course, a long iron such as a 2 or 3-iron can also be good for hitting a low-bullet shot but the driver has some better results such as putting less backspin on the ball. In the time you need to roll it more, the driver can come in very handy.
Well, let me just go over couple of these different shots you can practice with your driver so you can make 12 shots out of this driver club, not just one.
Having more weapons in your bag will help you become a scratch or better golfer but only knowing how to hit full shots will limit your potential as a golfer.
1. The Long Drive – I am sure you have this in your bag already, I won’t go much into details other than you should have a super-long drive ready to launch at a long par 5.
2. The Short Drive – At times, there’s a need for you to hit a distance off the tee, something between a driver and a 3-wood. At those times you will want to grip down on the driver a little bit and make a three-quarter swing. This will allow you to hit the ball little bit lower and control it better. This short drive also works well on windy holes where a 3-wood balloon the golf ball in the air too much. Anyways, this is probably more important driver shot than the Long Drive. Look at the pros, even they are using it, especially Anthony Kim, he will grip down on almost every drive for better control and lower ball flight. This isn’t an easy shot by the way if you don’t practice and learn to control your backswing so make sure you practice this before using it on the golf course. (or any of these shots for that matter)
3. The Short Drive Fade and Draw – Learn to really be able to work the ball left-to-right or right-to-left with these short drives, they can come in very handy for those dogleg-lefts and rights.
4. The Long Drive off the Fairway – This will require that you already hit the golf ball pretty solid. This Long Drive off the Fairway can come in handy on super, long par 5s or super, windy conditions where you need to hit the ball far and run it too.
5. The Short Drive off the Fairway – This one is another one to practice for windy conditions and when you need to run the ball more than the 3-wood.
6. The Low-Bullet Shot – This low-bullet shot with the driver is basically same as a short drive off the fairway except you put the ball back in your stance slightly. You won’t have to put the ball back too far back because the loft on the driver is already de-lofted a lot, just make a nice and short swing.
Also practice with different clubface angles. For one, don’t close your clubface but rather open it up gradually and see what kind of results you get.
These shots can come in handy where you have to hit it under the tree then slice the heck out of it down the fairway.
Other than these, you might want to keep experimenting with different driver shots. All these shots may seem like a waste of time but will actually help you hit the Long Drive good too because your hands will have to be light and your body will adjust to swing correctly.
Banging Long Drives one after another can be fun but they are usually detrimental to your overall golf swing and rhythm but if you mix your driver practice with all of these different ones I’ve outlined, you will make a much better use out of your driver plus better rhythm in the long run.
Remember, if you practice like everyone else on the range, you will only become like them. (a real good HACKER!)
Learn to be creative and create your own golf shots, that will ultimately be your competitive edge on the golf course when your competitor thinks you are stymied behind a tree, then stick it 2-feet from the pin using the low-bullet slice driver shot.
Bring out the best in yourself, don’t limit capabilities of a golf club to one shot.