by Frank Peter
So you want to drive like Tiger and putt like Ben Crenshaw, huh? Don't we all.
Long drives and accuracy are a bit like oil and water in terms of a combination but they don't have to be. Just imagine if you could hit your drives consistently in the fairway 250 yards + nearly every time. Wouldn't that make the game a lot easier and more fun?
Of course good equipment also helps a lot. Most importantly, appropriate clubs that are proven for long drives while still being very forgiving are a good way to add extra yards. A good example is the new Pinemeadow Golf Doublewall 400cc Driver which features a exclusive proprietary design to maximise distance while increasing the sweet spot for improved forgiveness.
Also, having a good tee ball is critical to your confidence and placing the ball where you can score. We all can get easily frustrated when things go sideways with the driver so I'm going to share you with you some secrets on how to get the most distance from your tee ball while keeping it accurate.
There are basically three elements to being able to get the distance and accuracy you desire with the driver.
Now, most people will have trouble with these elements with the driver because it is the longest and most difficult club to hit. It will be easier with the shorter clubs because there is less of a premium on distance and more on accuracy.
One drill I have seen work wonders is to try and alternate hitting your driver and 9 iron when practicing. Start with the 9 iron and make a few good swings using the 3 elements above. Don't overswing, just make nice easy swings. Then, pick up the driver and create the same motion and tempo. Don't swing any harder, just focus on the elements. If you can't hit the driver with the same results as your 9 iron, go back to the 9 iron and see the difference. Keep alternating 9 iron and driver until you get a consistent rhythm and tempo. A great case in point is to watch PGA pro Kenny Perry. He hits the ball a long way with a very compact and easy swing. Why? Because he has great control over his clubhead, makes a wonderful turn away from and through the ball and lastly, has exceptional rhythm.
So, pay attention to these 3 elements and don't be surprised if you starting hitting them long AND straight.
NOTE: If you have trouble hitting your clubs correctly there is a good chance that your clubs don't suit you properly.
The reason for not improving your game may well be is due to badly fitted clubs. Think about it: people come in all different shapes and sizes, but most golfers simply buy their clubs off the rack in the golf shop.
Unless you are completely 'standard' and 'average' you should consider custom fitting for your next clubs. This can be done online, and it is free, quick and easy (and doesn't hurt a bit). Visit these two sites for free online club fitting, just follow the instructions given there:
'Club Fitting Wizard' at Pinemeadow Golf
'e-fit System' at GigaGolf