The Ultimate Guides: Driving

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Lesson 1: Goal of the Tee Shot

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Lesson 1: Goal of the Tee Shot
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OVERVIEW

Your drive is the most important shot you can hit on any hole. Everyone wants to stick approach shots close and make birdies, but you can’t do that without first getting yourself in a good position off the tee. Not every drive has to be perfect. If you can at least give yourself a decent look at the green, you’ve done your job. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Anders Mattson breaks down what your priorities should be when hitting off the tee.

SWING THOUGHTS

Expect to hit your drive perfect, then accept “good enough.” Finding your ball is No. 1
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Off the tee, give yourself room to miss and avoid trouble, like hazards and out of bounds
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Pick a specific target, then use an intermediate target three feet in front of the ball to line up
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Unless you’re playing a straight shot, start the ball to one side of your intermediate target to allow for your normal curve
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Don’t cut across doglegs. Drive to the outside corner to allow better access to the pin
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DRILLS

Spilt the trouble

  • Identify where the trouble is on the right and left side of the hole
  • From behind the ball, hold up your forefingers to frame the target area, one where the trouble is on the right, one where the trouble is on the left
  • The middle point in between those two spots is where you want to hit your tee shot
  • Pick an intermediate target on that line three feet in front of the ball

Commit and hit

  • Map out your driving strategy before you go out to play
  • Make decisions prior to the round on which club to hit off every tee
  • Commit before the round to hitting that shot, then just let it fly
Lesson 2: Driver Setup and Swing
2Lesson 2: Driver Setup and Swing
  • What the design of the club requires
  • Setup: Body and ball positions
  • Swing: An accelerating upward blow
  • Taking out extra tension

The Ultimate Guides: Driving

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Lesson 1: Goal of the Tee Shot
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Lesson 2: Driver Setup and Swing
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Lesson 3: Controlling the Driver
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Lesson 4: How to Add Distance
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Lesson 5: Common Driver Faults
The Ultimate Guides: DrivingINDEX
Lesson 1: Goal of the Tee Shot
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Lesson 1: Goal of the Tee Shot
  • Don’t underestimate getting in play
  • Learn to make better decisions
  • Picking realistic targets
  • How to handle tough driving holes
Lesson 2: Driver Setup and Swing
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Lesson 2: Driver Setup and Swing
  • What the design of the club requires
  • Setup: Body and ball positions
  • Swing: An accelerating upward blow
  • Taking out extra tension
Lesson 3: Controlling the Driver
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Lesson 3: Controlling the Driver
  • Identifying your ideal tempo
  • Have a Plan A and Plan B
  • Perfect what you can: pre-shot process
  • Developing a safety shot
Lesson 4: How to Add Distance
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Lesson 4: How to Add Distance
  • The quest for maximum speed
  • Don’t forget center-face contact
  • Does your driver fit your swing?
  • When you just need to bust one
Lesson 5: Common Driver Faults
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Lesson 5: Common Driver Faults
  • Learn to read your fault patterns
  • Sorting out mis-hits and mis-swings
  • Fix slices, hooks, topped shots, pop-ups
  • When it’s OK to miss on purpose