You may have heard the phrase: "Drive for show, putt for dough." This is true to an extent, but you mustn't understate the importance of being an accurate driver in golf.
If you can consistently put yourself in play from each tee box, this will dramatically increase your chances of shooting a good score.
Without meaning to state the obvious, finding fairways and hitting your ball from the short grass as much as possible is so much easier.
There is hardly a better feeling in the sport than striping a drive down the middle of the fairway, and Francesca from Denton Golf Club in Manchester has got a great practice drill to help you achieve this on a regular basis.
When you are next on the driving range, take your basket that your balls come in and place it down roughly a shaft's length behind the ball.
When you swing your club back as Francesca has done in the image above, you should be looking to position your driver head on top of the basket, bringing your arms away from your body and increasing the width of your takeaway.
This helps to increase the width of your backswing, using as much room as possible to generate speed and strength into your swing.
As your arms have been extended backwards, this will also help to open up your hips and the core of your entire body.
As you swing down, you should aim to bring the clubhead inside of the basket, as Francesca shows in the second image above, to make a sweet connection with the golf ball.
This drill is centred around utilising your entire body to generate power with your driver. As you extend your arms away, your hips and chest are ready to surge through the downswing and deliver the clubhead inside of the basket.
If you keep your arms too close to your body with your driver, you are not using the full potential of your core and less power is generated.
When you drive the ball, you want to give yourself as much of an advantage as possible on each hole and this drill will help you do just that. Increase your width and generate power.
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