The Driver Swing is so much easier when you know this (2023)


The driver swing is so much easier when you follow a simple system. Many of Danny Maude's students have the same questions you have:

How do you hit driver straight? How do I hit driver consistently? How to hit driver further? More importantly how can I do all this without having to think of too many things over the golf ball.

You see over the years the golf swing has been chopped up and dissected into so many pieces it can sometime feel like it will take forever to learn.

But don't believe that. This is the old school way.

The new school way is to learn your swing. We are all built differently, different shapes and sizes, different levels of strength and flexibility. Should we all swing it the same way?

Take a look at the the hottest golfers in the world right now. Dustin Johnson, Mathew Wolff, Victor Hofland. They have chosen to adopt the new school way. They have chosen to find a golf swing that works for them rather than fit into a model that someone has designed.

In this weeks golf lesson I give you an amazing golf drill that will truly help you hit driver straight, hit driver further and hit driver consistently.

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This golf lesson provides a couple of wonderful drills to help you hit your driver straight.If you are a beginner golfer and are looking for some golf driver tips that are simple and easy to do then you are going to love this.

I will show you the golf swing slow motion so that you can see what you need to do to improve.

We look at 3 things:

1. How to stop slicing your driver
2. How to swing more in to out or how to swing more inside out
3, How to get the correct impact position with driver

and I hope to do all this with simple golf tips so you can create an effortless golf swing

Hope you enjoy


Okay, let ball position forward, got myself nice wide, take away big turn turn those hips transfer my weight fire that golf club got it: okay, oh geez, not again big slice.

Ah, how often do you find yourself stood over your driver thinking of one two, three, four five things how's that working out for you.

Look if you're anything like my students.

What I'm finding is they come to me many questions such as danny.

How do I hit my drivers straight? How do I become more consistent with driver? How do I generate more power? I tried everything, but I just don't seem to be able to get consistency with my driver.

Well, look.

One of the reasons is: is they're, making it too complicated, they're trying to kind of put the club into all these different positions, and you just don't need to you need to find your swing based around your height, your age, your flexibility, because look you and I are going to be very different ages, different levels of flexibility.

We need different swings, it's so so important.

So in this week's golf lesson, I'm going to share with you exactly how you can develop your swing, a swing that suits you right now, based on your age and flexibility, I can generate more speed naturally and more consistency.

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Let's help you now hit drive is straighter hit it longer, but without the need for all those swing thoughts, you need to learn two things.

You're gonna need to learn how to allow this club to flow freely to throw effortlessly you're gonna need to learn how to let go so so important, then stage two there's no point letting go if the ball is going everywhere right.

So you then need to learn to make this whole motion nice and efficient.

To do that, you need to learn how to add in the three forces which we're going to go into in stage two, but let's tackle stage one first stage, one flowing golf club: how do you do this very simple, your arms and your club? They need to be ready.

They need to be ready for the body to do its magic.

Just like throwing a ball.

My arm here is ready to be thrown.

Why my shoulder joints relax my arm is relaxed, it's ready for the body to do its magic and throw it yeah throw the arm.

So that's what I want you to do.

You need to prepare yourself now.

You're gonna need to put a few things in if you've been hitting the ball everywhere.

Well, you're gonna be nervous, you're gonna be kind of concerned.

Where the ball's gonna go, do you know what let go of that just for a short period of time play with me on this one, just literally start to soften off our shoulders soften off the arms, and you know what be prepared to mess up be a child again, have some fun so watch this we get ourselves set, get the arms shoulders, relax and start to.

Let this club start to swing freely.

Let it go, does letting it go, lose control! Watch this count intuitively.

If I let this big lump mass swing, nice and freely, it's let go.

It's forming a pretty good circle, isn't it it's effortless and consistent? If I control this column now try to create the circle artificially, it's not really a circle noise.

Now it's jagged it's nowhere near as rhythmical or effortless.

It's not gonna be consistent.

Let it go and we've really got something so stage.

One just be ready.

Allow your arms your shoulders to be ready for stage two ie for the body, then to do its magic, so watch this just for now, I'm going to lock my body in place.

So I'm going to imagine my body's rubbish, not working very well.

What would happen if we just made our shoulders and our arms efficient and ready watch? How far could we possibly hit it, and why would that be useful? Tell you in a second watch this, so I've just hit that just with an arm mush and stood dead still didn't really do anything.

Let's just see how far that goes now, why would learning to do that initially be really useful? Well, I don't know about you, but not every one of my students can move their body efficiently because they've got injuries.

So if you can learn this, what I think is the main power source put this in first, it could do wonders to your tee shots.

It really really could, but you're gonna have to let go how far we hit that look almost 90 miles an hour worth of clubhout speed, 216-yard carry with just an arm motion: I'm not human.

I've got massive arms, but by letting go we can make some serious yachties and get some serious distance right.

So once you've done stage number one you're primed you're ready now you're ready for the your body to do its magic.

How does it do this? It does it by adding in forces we're gonna.

Do this look one by one to make it really really easy, so you're primed your arms, the shoulders are ready, they're, ready, they're soft, the arms are soft, lock your body in place for a second allow those arms just to feel that motion of freedom.

Now we add in force number one, allow your head, your hips to rotate back and through notice this my hips are turning back and through hear that noise, so we're already creating more speed.

By doing that, and also look, we start to create the all-important arc in the golf swing.

This is again very, very, very important, also notice.

This notice how I can't move these in isolation notice, how my legs, the weight goes to the heel of my trail foot and the front part of my lead foot on the way back and then on the way through the opposite, happens.

Heel of my lead front part of my trail literally.

That's my rotational force we're adding that in, but we can't just add that and leave it.

We then need to add in force number two, which is the momentum force now.

This force alone is the one force I see missing in most golfer swings.

They don't organize it.

What do I mean by that to be a great driver of the golf ball or for any shot for that matter, as we as we transition from our backs into our downswing? We needed to have already formed a platform in our lower body for us to then sling.

The club, through very important stability, creates the power.

When you throw a ball, you do exactly the same thing.

Your arms are ready.

You form the platform, you sling your arm, if you slice the ball or hook the ball.

This is what I often see you're moving your pressure over to this back foot, but you're, starting your downswing from the wrong leg.

You're starting it here, you haven't formed your platform.

Two things are gonna happen if you slice you're, gonna heave with a torso here, just to get back to the golf ball.

This creates this kind of steep angle of attack, chopping down, slicing style shots.

If you don't slice you'll, then maybe just push off this leg.

Creating this sliding motion stuck back here, creating hook shots.

So we need to learn to time this horizontal force right so you've got the rotational now watch this swinging backwards.

Now, there's the rotational.

What I want you to do now is this form.

The platform swing form the platform swing, get that rhythm.

Can you see how I'm forming the platform and I'm swinging, forming the platform? Slinging one? Two? Listen to that sound and do you know what I do? I would go straight in now: don't care where the ball goes.

I have to personally be careful, I'm still a little bit injured, so I'm not just full speed at the moment.

That's fine, but I'm going to literally just get myself set one two, don't care where the ball goes.

Just literally sling a few around get some momentum.

Blimey that's gone way off.

Hasn't it get some momentum here.

You cannot care at all at this stage where that ball goes speed, 99 miles an ounce, a little bit bigger now backwards and forwards.

Watch this one two just keep going literally swinging nice and freely no control at all.

All you're doing is getting the sensation of one two one.

Two shifting this momentum backwards and forwards speeds coming up to 105.

still miles down on where I'd normally be, but it doesn't matter all we're doing right now is getting those forces working, you're, organizing them in a way that is going to be so much more effortless for you once you've done that, then it's time to add in force number three now to hit drive along.

We need a vertical force to hit driver accurate.

We don't want to be shifting our bodies all around all over the place.

So watch this, like all golf shots, the the swing is a spiral up spiral down.

Well, what kind of force could that be? It's a vertical force! Look at this we go up.

We go down one two, one, two now look all we're going to do now is time.

This watch this I'll.

Do a slow motion: just you can see we're going to go.

We've got the rope, we're letting the swing.

We've got rotation.

We've got pressure.

Now we're going to use that pressure.

Look to extend this trail leg up and watch then we're going to go into this foot and then we're going to use that pressure to extend it up on this way.

Bang extend, bang, extend I'm breaking it down.

You've got to feel this one.

Two one two you'll see with the best players they go down.

Why? Because this is what gets them hitting up on the driver for their long ones.

Now we don't put that in first to start with, because it's kind of a quite an exaggerated motion, but we the first two we put in and then we start adding this in.

So all we're doing now.

Is this we're getting our sense? It's almost for me.

It's like a I'm going down and then exploding up so extend, extend, extend, extend each time flowing letting this go.

Let's have some fun with this and so watch this oh gotta, be careful, so extend, extend backwards and forwards backwards and forwards getting there so still not at my max yet, but that felt a little bit more powerful, be interesting.

What speed was 104 miles an hour so still not there yet.

So, let's just summarize three forces, but you need to get in the first one allow the club to be swinging really.

First body cat does magic on a stiff swing shot.

You can't do its magic.

You've got to let the club go freely.

First yeah then allow the forces then to apply themselves onto your arms and onto your club through first of all rotation.

Second, organizing, it trail lead form.

The platform swing form the platform swing.

Then we don't want to be kind of just moving side side.

We want to create the vertical so form the platform, extend up, extend up, extend up, extend up and then when we go to driver just in that extend up, extend up and bit by bit, hitting it hitting it straighter now, but still won't be the distance yet, but doesn't matter just allow this club to swing nice and fruity, and you know what you can do this no matter your age or ability.

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How hard do you swing a driver? ›

>From the research that I've seen, the average Male is swinging his Driver at 85 miles per hour (137 kph) and the average Female is swinging her Driver at 75 miles per hour (121 kph). Yet, Ernie Els, who's often envied for how smooth he can swing – swings his Driver at 118 miles per hour (190 kph).

Why am I struggling to hit my driver? ›

Incorrect Loft

If your clubface possesses less loft for your clubhead speed, you will struggle to consistently launch your shots. As a result, you lose, carry, and total distance off the tee. Conversely, golfers with an accelerated driver club head speed may generate excess spin with a weaker lofted club face.

How should your driver hit the ball? ›

Stay in your posture, keep your eye on the ball, and don't stand up or bend over — this will lead to topping the ball or hitting it fat. In the ideal downswing, the club lags behind the arms and the arms lag behind the lower body. This generates more speed which translates to more distance.

Should you hit driver as hard as you can? ›

Faster, Not Harder

Harder can often imply tension and speed can be lost. Faster can add club head speed and certainly distance assuming that center face contact and balance are still in tact. Being stronger, like Bryson, can enable a golfer to use a lower percentage of their strength to generate speed.

Do pros swing as hard as they can? ›

Interestingly, if the average PGA Tour player was swinging at 80% of their max, then their maximum speed should be a whopping 141.25 mph. This simply isn't the case. From my own observations on TrackMan®, players rarely gain more than 5 mph over their “normal” swing speed when asked to hit it as hard as they can.

Why can I hit every club but my driver? ›

The way the length of the club sets up, this is relatively common. So many golfers try and swing all the clubs the same way, but the driver should have a slightly more shallow path. With the irons, you are trying to hit down and through the golf ball, and it is a slightly different swing.

How do you know if you have a bad driver? ›

If you do any of the following: Driving aggressively, tailgating, failing to signal, veering out of your lane, speeding, riding your brakes, making sudden stops and starts, bad parallel parking, swerving in and out of traffic.

Is it normal to feel like a bad driver? ›

⑥ Feel the feelings

It's totally normal to feel bad after making a driving mistake. You've done something wrong, and feeling anxious or guilty or stupid is a normal reaction to that. You're not going to get over it by bottling up those emotions or pretending they don't exist.

How do you keep the V in your golf swing? ›

The “v” shape should be maintained throughout the backswing as well as you keep your arms connected in the golf swing. As your wrist hinges in the backswing your hands should still be pointing towards center– about where your sternum is.

How do you swing a club faster not harder? ›

Top 10 Ways To Increase Clubhead Speed
  1. Don't use a shaft that is too heavy. One of the biggest killers of clubhead speed is a golf club that is too heavy. ...
  2. Strengthen your golf muscles. ...
  3. Use a lighter shaft. ...
  4. Improve your flexibility. ...
  5. Adjust your grip. ...
  6. Use a longer club. ...
  7. Shorten your backswing. ...
  8. Use speed-maximizing clubs.
Aug 4, 2022

Why do I hit my woods further than my driver? ›

This is due to too much spin. A lot of mid to high handicappers are too steep and hit down on their driver. This causes the ball to be struck high on the face with an incredibly high launch angle and the spin of an iron.

Where do you look when hitting a driver? ›

Professional golf coaches recommend keeping your eyes focused on the back of the ball during your swing for a straight shot. While it does not guarantee a straight shot, it helps you visualize the path of the clubface through impact and the intended ball flight that follows.

Can a driver lose its pop? ›

After several years of use, a driver will begin to lose its pop, and you won't be able to hit your club very far. You might find that you consistently come up shorter than players that you once had the ability to outdrive.

Is it better to hit driver higher or lower? ›

Overall, the best loft is a higher lofted driver that will benefit the majority of players. 9.5-10.5 degrees of loft. Paired with the right ball position, a shaft that helps get the proper spin rate, and proper driver attack angle will lead to more consistent drives.

Do you swing driver faster than irons? ›

Most golfers swing a driver faster than an iron because of the length and weight of the club.

Does swinging harder make the ball go farther? ›

This might sound counterintuitive, as it's undeniable that faster clubhead speeds at impact result in greater distance. But slowing things down is vital when learning how to get more distance in golf. A wild flailing swing does not best achieve those fast clubhead speeds.

Can you turn too much in golf swing? ›

Players who focus on a big turn often over-rotate and lose their coil. When that happens, a host of problems can occur, most notably lifting out of posture and collapsing the arms (above, right). If you do that, you lose control of the swing.

Can you hit 5 wood farther than a driver? ›

Players who hit their 3- or 5-wood as far or longer than their driver are typically using too little loft with the driver for their clubhead speed. You know, it's a funny thing with the driver and its loft compared to the other clubs in the bag.

Do you swing a 3 wood like an iron? ›

The tendency when you put a 3-wood in your hand is to sweep the ball or try to swing up. That's wrong. Just like with a 9-iron, you want to hit the ball and take a little turf after contact. You want to make contact with a 3-wood at that ball the same as you would with an iron."

Why can't I hit my woods off the fairway? ›

Why? Because the fairways of today are typically very short grass, so in order to hit a truly solid fairway wood, you need to hit the ground and maybe even make a divot. If your ball position is too far forward, like a driver, you may hit the ground before the ball, costing you good contact and distance.

How not to slice a driver? ›

How to Fix a Slice During a Round
  1. Check your grip. ...
  2. Keep your clubface closed or facing toward the ground in your takeaway.
  3. Make sure your left wrist is bowed at the top of the swing and keep it there throughout the swing.
  4. Release your right forearm over your left forearm through impact and into your follow-through.
Apr 29, 2023

What is one of the most common mistakes a driver can make? ›

Stopping suddenly and without warning is one of the biggest mistakes drivers make, and it leads to one of the highest incidents of accidents on roads and highways. Drivers should always be conscious of the cars behind them, and should stop slowly and with care — giving everyone nearby a chance to react and adjust.

How can you tell if someone is good at driving? ›

10 signs you're a good and courteous driver
  1. 1) The car doesn't jerk when you brake. ...
  2. 2) Nor does it jerk when you take off. ...
  3. 3) You give way when necessary. ...
  4. 4) You use your indicators properly. ...
  5. 5) You know how to park. ...
  6. 6) You change lanes early and with conviction.
Mar 11, 2018

How many years is considered a good driver? ›

For insurance purposes, a good driving record means your record is clean of any incidents during the past three to five years.

What are 3 examples of a bad driver? ›

Below we unpack 21 habits that can get you in trouble behind the wheel.
  • Driving distracted. This one's top of the list for good reason. ...
  • Speeding. ...
  • Driving while intoxicated. ...
  • Cutting cars off. ...
  • Disregarding traffic signs. ...
  • Merging incorrectly. ...
  • Accelerating on yellow. ...
  • Ignoring blind spots.
Sep 14, 2022

Are some people naturally bad at driving? ›

Like most human traits, driving is a trait that comes naturally to some people. While these people drive like they were born to do it, others struggle to simply stick to a lane. Turns out, certain genes influence whether you shape up to be a good or bad driver.

Do drivers get worse with age? ›

As you age, your joints may get stiff, and your muscles may weaken. Arthritis, which is common among older adults, might affect your ability to drive. These changes can make it harder to turn your head to look back, turn the steering wheel quickly, or brake safely.

Does an open club face cause a slice? ›

Open club face

The most common cause of a slice is an open club face. This open club face will give you contact that isn't square and often feels like a “side swipe.” The most common cause of an open club face is an incorrect grip as your hand position will directly reflect in the face.

Should hands be in front of ball at impact? ›

The grip and hands must be in front of the clubhead and ball. Many amateur golfers believe that the grip and clubhead come back to the position they are in during the setup. The hands and grip must move forward before the clubhead in order to properly compress and control the ball.

How high should you hit your driver? ›

According to a GOLF Magazine 2020 poll of GOLF's Top 100 Teachers, the ideal tee height for a driver is about 1.5 inches. According to that poll, and advised by many GOLF's Top 100 Teachers, a good checkpoint is to make sure that half the ball “peeks” above the crown after you sole the club at address.

Should you swing up or down with driver? ›

Remember, to hit a driver pure and deep, you need to hit up on it. But it's a lot harder to hit up on it when the ball is teed low. Remember, teeing it high will not result in sky balls. Hitting down on the ball is what leaves those nasty sky marks.

What is the easy tip to stop slicing driver? ›

In order to correct the issue and help stop slicing driver, Preisinger suggests adding side tilt, which will close your shoulders and allow you to swing more i-to-out.

Should I adjust my driver if I slice? ›

In my experience, an adjustable driver will NOT fix your slice. I had a slice with my driver and nothing changed when I switched to an adjustable with a draw bias. Sure, it can help a little but you'll end up with a very similar result. The only thing that's going to fix your slice is to change your swing.

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