How to make a solid contact with your driver
Making great contact with your driver is what gets many golfers hooked to the game. There are avid golfers that will agree that making solid contact is a great feeling. It is the feeling of making contact with the ball at the precise moment with a good swing and body position in place. A smooth direct contact with the ball with a strong strike produces a great scene that includes your ball spinning in flight across the fairway. So how do you create this contact? Consider the following tips to help you gain more insight.
- Master the forward shaft lean. This includes a few movements to help you achieve efficient contact with the ball through your swing. Your lead leg supports your body weight. Your trailing shoulder moves in the same direction as the ball. You are working to obtain a level of balance that will help you through the point of impact. This can help set you up for speed increase upon impact and beyond.
- When you have established good impact your shaft should trail your left arm. At this point you should pay attention to how your body is positioned. If you experience bad impact the shaft may pass your left arm and your wrists may not be in correct position. One wrist may be bent while the other may be flat.
- Make sure you approach the ball on the right plane. This is important as it can have a negative effect after you swing the ball. The way you swing can affect your control and point of impact. The club face may strike the ball at the wrong angle. If your plane is too flat it may affect the trajectory of the ball. Have an on plane motion that with a good swing sequence that includes proper body movement and posture.
- Have control of your clubface. If you want the ball to move a certain way you need to control the clubface properly through the point of impact. Failing to do so may increase the likelihood of slicing. It helps to slightly rotate it to open it upon impact and after impact slightly close it.
- Consider different drills to help you practice. Common drills include the head cover drill, release drill and tee drill. Each help you understand how to efficiently use your club face and understand your setup to make good contact.