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Hit the Driver Straight

hit the golf ball straight off the teeIf you’d like to hit the driver straight, try moving the ball back in your stance.


First of all, hitting the driver straight isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The best players in the world have movement in their ball flight, they just know how to use it a little better than you do.


If you leak the ball a little bit right or a little left it won’t kill you on the golf course, if you’re dead slicing it to the right  well that’s a different story and you may want to go talk to you local PGA Professional or take a look at a good Golf Training Aid in the Official Golf-Newz Directory of all things golf!

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I have always had a little cut in my ball flight, it’s just my natural movement, it’s not a slice, it’s cut and there’s a big difference. Even though I knew this, I would continuously try to aim straight at the flag and needless to say I would miss my share of greens to the right. I believe it was Einstein who said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”?
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Hit the driver straightSean Foley explains that his goal with a player is to isolate one miss, is the player missing left or is the player missing right? Once he can help a player identify what the miss is, he can help them take 50% of the trouble out of the mind and when it’s out of the mind, it’s no longer there on the course.

Only when I started working with what I had, did I begin having decent looks at birdies. A simple “go with it” attitude made a big difference. But, I watch the pros hit high draws, why can’t I be like them? Well I’m just not and rightly so, nobody pays me to play golf (I’m lucky they pay me to write about it).

The lesson here is don’t watch what they do with their ball flights, don’t pay attention to their club selections, simply play within your limits. If you know damn well you should be hitting a 6 iron and not a 7 then hit the 6.

Now, if you want to hit the driver straight, try something a little different.

Next time you’re on the practice range pull out the driver and take a couple golf shots with the ball way back in your stance. I see many high handicappers with the ball too far forward in the stance. I know where they’re getting this from, I suffered from this lack of trigonometry knowledge as well for a long time (just kidding, you won’t need to learn trig to hit the driver straight).

What most people think is, if they move the ball forward, the club head will have more time to start aiming left and they think the ball will also go left.

When it comes to hitting the golf ball this couldn’t be more opposite from the truth.

hit the driver straightThink about how the club head is moving during the golf swing. The club head is moving with an inside to down/out arc on the way down and outside to up/in arc on the way back up. When you move the ball forward you’re actually catching the ball past center (outside to up/in) and this is going to put spin on the ball that makes it go right.

If you were to throw a whiffle ball with you right arm and you let it roll off your fingers with a natural three quarter arm angle the ball will tend to drift up and to the right. That’s the exact spin your putting on the golf ball when you move it too far forward….capiche?

hit the driver straightWhen you move the ball back in your stance you’re putting that pro style spin on it. You’re making contact in such a way that you are actually increasing your draw spin. You’re making contact with the golf ball at a time when the club head is still headed inside to out /down. The very thought of inside out makes you feel like you’re going to slice it right? No, the spin on the golf ball has an inverse relationship with the direction of the club head. You may have to just trust me on this.

If you are a “slicer” of the golf ball there’s nothing to worry about, with a couple simple adjustments in set up you’ll hit the driver straight more often. When I was working on this I hit as many shots with the Tour Striker as I could in order to get that feel for hitting down on the ball. With a little work you’ll not only be hitting the ball straighter, you may even get a little of that pro draw on the ball. Imagine how impressed your golf buddies will be when that happens!


  1. This is a great tip thanks for the info. I have to admit I’ve been playing golf for 10 years and I never thought about this before. Actually I have thought of it, but my thinking was backwords. Can’t wait to try this out. Dave

  2. Hi Dave:
    Thanks for the tip. I will take this to the range tonight.
    My concern is that going back in my stance will bring the ball flight down considerable and I hit a low ball as it is. Having said this I will take low and straight in place of the alternative…
    thanks again,

    • Golf Newz says:

      Hey Rob,

      Keep the grip light and turn the hips towards the target hard!

      The grip will help with the ball flight and the turn will help with accuracy.

      If you’re hitting it low try moving a bit further from the ball on the set up.

      If that doesn’t work go back to the old stance and get a TM R11!!!

      Good luck!

  3. How far back in the stance?

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