How to Drive the Ball Longer and Straighter

Do you want to be able to hit the ball longer and straighter? Jimmy Hanlin and Tisha Abrea practice two drills for hitting a longer, straighter drive. 

What Jimmy normally sees with amateur golfers is the over the top slice. The left shoulder comes out and the club comes over the top and they cut across it. They lose distance due to these issues.

Jimmy suggests practicing these two drills:

Moe Norman Drill

Murray Irwin “Moe” Norman was a Canadian professional golfer. His accuracy and ability to hit shot after shot perfectly straight gave him the nickname “Pipeline Moe”. Jimmy suggests that you start with the driver back and your shoulders closed. When your shoulder is pointed back that means it is closed. When your shoulder is pointed to the front that means it is open.

The club head should be about two feet behind the ball. Get your shoulders closed. When you turn it to the top and start down, you will feel like you are coming from the inside and your left shoulder will stay in the shot a lot easier. You will accomplish your shoulders staying closed a little longer and allowing the club to get into the inside position.

Two O’Clock Drill

Set up to the ball, and put a driver cover in the two o’clock position relative to your stance. Instead of looking at the ball look at the head cover in the two o’clock position. Take your swing, moving your view to the ball just before impact. You are trying to accomplish keeping your forward shoulder in the shot a little bit longer while still moving towards the target to gain more distance.

Get Serious About Your Drives

Focusing on the correct mechanics can turn a short drive into a powerful, impressive effort. When you train yourself to keep your shoulders closed a little longer and allow the club to get into the inside position, you’ll start the hole off strong and be closer to the hole. Before you tee off next time, make sure to practice these drills.

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