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How To Hit A Driver Straight [Ultimate Beginner’s Guide With Videos]

Hitting a driver straight could hands down be the most difficult challenge in golf… at least for me it is! After 10 years of playing golf actively I still get the first tee box jitters and fear the dreaded slice, but I’ve learned a lot and come along way. That’s why I’ve put this guide together on how to hit a driver straight and YES we have videos too!

If you’re struggling with not so straight driver shots now don’t worry. Everyone struggles with this – even the pros! My goal here is to get you to understand what causes a driver not to go straight and what you can do with your swing (including addressing the ball) to finally start hitting the most pure, beautiful straight driver shots. This includes the videos that I look back on monthly just so I keep my swing in its best shape possible.

Just imagine pulling up to tee box number 1 knowing you’ll be able to place the golf ball wherever you want it and you actually do it… Yea that’s a great feeling. Plus, I bet the others in you foursome with start shaking in their boots after betting all that money!

So here’s what we’ll be discussing in this guide:

  • What causes you not to hit a driver straight
  • Backswing and takeaway to hit a driver straight
  • Downswing and squared impact to hot a driver straight

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What Causes You Not To Hit A Driver Straight

Before understanding how to hit a driver straight I believe its key to understand what causes a ball not to go straight to begin with.

When it comes to the golf swing there are simply two factors that decide what type of a flight the ball will take and these are 1. The path your clubhead takes in the downswing goin towards impact and 2. The angle of the club face at impact. Here is picture to illustrate.

Simply put a straight club path with a squared club face to your target line equals a straight driver shot… simple to do right? Man I wish! If it were that simple to do then we’d all be on tour – am I right?

So what can you do to get in the best position to have a straight club path?

The answer is having a great setup and take away.

Then the next question is what can you do to make sure you have a better chance of squaring your club face?

And this answer is having a good downswing… easier said then done I know! But there is help of course so lets continue.

Setting Up To Hit A Driver Straight

Hitting a straight shot with either your driver or irons all starts out in your setup.

When you’re getting into your setup the areas you want to pay attention to are your grip, feet and ball position, and setting up your shoulders. Here are my favorite videos on the subjects that go into great detail.

1. Ball And Feet Position At Address

2. The Perfect Grip For Hitting A Driver Straight

3. Adjust Shoulder To Swing Up On the Ball

Backswing And Take Away To Hit A Driver Straight

The backswing and take away in the golf swing prepares your for the swing path your clubhead will take.

Remember what causes the driver to go straight or not? Yes that’s right… the club path relative to the angle of the club face at impact. Getting the fundamentals of the take away and the backswing down will give you better chances of have the right swing path. We’ll see more of the angle of the club face discussed in the downswing and impact videos.

When you’re getting into the top of your backswing the areas you want to pay attention to are a wide take away, your balance, how your wrist hinges, and getting the correct rotation out of our shoulders and hips. Here are my favorite videos on the subjects that go into great detail.

4. Widen Your Take Away

5. Balance In The Backswing

6. Wrist Positioning At The Top Of Your Backswing

7. Full Turn In Backswing

Downswing And Squared Impact To Hit A Driver Straight

The backswing and take away in the golf swing prepares your for the swing path your clubhead will take.

Remember what causes the driver to go straight or not? Yes that’s right… the club path relative to the angle of the club face at impact. Getting the fundamentals of the take away and the backswing down will give you better chances of have the right swing path. We’ll see more of the angle of the club face discussed in the downswing and impact videos.

When you’re going through your downswing to hit the ball the areas you want to pay attention to are your weight transfer, keep the correct spine angle, downswing rotation of staying inside the golf ball, squaring the clubhead at impact, releasing after impact, and a smooth follow through. Here are my favorite videos on the subjects that go into great detail.

8. Balance And Weight Transfer In The Driver Downswing

9. Keeping Your Spine Angle Throughout The Driver Downswing

10. Rotation Throughout The Downswing

11. Staying Inside The Golf Ball

12. Squaring The Clubhead At Impact

13. Club Angle And Release Through Downswing

14. Smooth Follow Through And Finish To Hit a Driver Straight

There you have it! A complete guide on how to hit a driver straight.

Now go on and hit the driving range so you can hit more fairways in your next round. Let me know how you do.

What part of the driver swing do you struggle with the most?

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