Hitting the Driver with Power and Accuracy

An excerpt from an upcoming iBook – Hitting the Driver with Power and Accuracy.

Let’s address a couple of principles that will help to garner a bit more power and control of this vexing and intriguing golf club:

Principle #1: Make Square Contact with the Ball.
Your first task in your journey toward hitting the driver longer and straighter is to realize that the Driver’s properties are not too dissimilar to those of your putter. To clarify, the driver, like the putter, has a straight leading edge and the ball is going to be launched at right angles to that leading edge at impact. To take this thought a bit further, I am sure that you’ve heard of keeping your body (and head) still when you putt? Have you ever wondered why that is? Well that principle is to ensure a better chance of presenting the putterface squarely to the ball and at right angles to the target-line. So, in plain terms, the interaction between the driver and ball as they collide at impact are the same as the interaction between putterface and ball. The only difference really is that the driver is travelling at vastly higher speeds than the putter for the reasons I mentioned earlier. So with all of that being said, if you want to hole a short putt, you need to keep stable so you can make an accurate stroke and square contact.

Therefore by way of comparison, it would seem logical that you would need to do the same things if you wish to hit the driver consistently and accurately.

To summarize, correct, powerful contact with the ball is the product of a dynamic, yet stable body action and the correct delivery of the arms and club through the ball.

Principle #2: Accelerate In a Balanced Fashion and at the Correct Time.
Too often, in a miss-appropriated and vain attempt to hit the ball a long distance, the golfer will accelerate his/her body too early in the downswing resulting in major timing issues, and not to mention a severe loss in power. The power loss occurs because the early hyper-acceleration of the body (most often the pivot of the shoulders) throws the arms and hence the club off-plane and off-line and from that situation the golfer is reduced to having to make all manner of compensations to get the club onto the back of the ball – none of which are in fact very beneficial.

Further, bearing the first and most important requisite to accurate and powerful drives, square contact, in mind, the correct amount of acceleration (and by correct amount I mean the maximum speed of the club through impact which consistently allows adequate control) at the correct time will certainly enhance one’s ability to make a square and accurate strike on the golf ball.

So to summarize, just as any swing (in this example we can imagine a pendulum) exhibits a gradual acceleration from the top of its arc en route to its terminal velocity at the base of the arc and underneath its fulcrum, followed by a gradual deceleration en route to the opposite top of its arc, so the golf swing should exhibit this rhythm, speed and cadence.

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