Straightening a Drive and Driving Tips

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By Stephen F

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  1. I had just started golfing it has been something I have wanted to do for a very long time and I finally got to make it happen. I have been golfing for less than a year and would like to know some tips from the Titleist family on getting a good straight drive like for example form follow through or some ways to practice and get a better drive I tend to have a slight slice when I drive.

  2. Jerry M

    Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

    If you just started to play golf, the most important thing I can recommend is to go see a trusted instructor to get a good setup and make sure you are on the correct path to a good sound golf swing.
    Biggest mistake I ever made was I did not do this starting out.
  3. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    On your way to lessons, the initial flight of the ball is the path of the club head. Left or right from that flight is a factor how open or closed the face of the club is to path of the head. A strong slice (far off the fairway) would be both a swing path and release issue. If your irons are straight, just try setting up a quarter to half inch further behind the tee. This may close the face enough to go straight or with a slight draw. Even if you do have a decent swing, there are no shortage of learning material for short game improvement.
    As Jerry implied, it was the biggest mistake I ever made to not start with finding an instructor early on.
  4. Wow being new to golf I never really knew there was that much behind why I have a slice to my hit thank you that was really helpful and informative.
  5. Jerome C

    Jerome C
    London Ontario Canada

    I agree with Jerry
    Nerver to late
  6. Deno

    Hawthorne, NJ

    I'll second what Jerry said. Find a PGA Pro near you and take a few lessons. Then you can put his knowledge to good use on the practice range.
  7. Joshua B

    Joshua B

    There are so many factors. I took one from Mike Breed last year and use a weaker grip with no forward press on my driver....immediately relieved my slice and was easily repeatable. Good luck!
  8. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    Joshua B said:

    There are so many factors. I took one from Mike Breed last year and use a weaker grip with no forward press on my driver....immediately relieved my slice and was easily repeatable. Good luck!

    Coincidentally, Mike was at the TT Invitational and this same trick that he gave to the group improved my issues with driver (I still need to improve my tempo). The problem with U-tube and on-line instructors there almost as many ways as there are online instructors to solve a slice. I've taken years correcting all my errors I taught my self. Arnold Palmer says to own your swing, but at least find an instructor that works with you and doesn't teach you "the one way to swing" to rebuild your swing. Worst money I ever spent was at a national chain that uses swing monitors and tried to teach me how to swing like a pro (at 68 I will never be that flexible again).
  9. Fred Closs

    Fred Closs
    Mansfield, TX

    I don't know where you live, but with winter coming, you might want to do some reading and learn some things about the golf swing, first. You'll be compelled after reading some material to make some swings in your garage, yard or practice range. This way, you'll have had a chance to make some swings and get a feel for swinging before you start lessons.

    Second, talk with a few local instructors and get their ideas on how to start. You'll find the instructor that feels best for you.

    As for what books to start with, "Five Lessons...." by Ben Hogan is a great primer.

    Last, welcome to golf!
  10. I never really thought about that but I’ll have to start watching some YouTube videos,reading,and looking into lessons thank you
  11. We understand your situation, to be a good golfer you must practice the basic form. Like, THE PROPER GOLF GRIP, PUTTING,
    CHIPPING, IRON PLAY and HITTING THE DRIVER. Hope you find it helpful
  12. I have been pretty busy to get on the forum but thank you all very much for the tips I will definitely give you suggestions a try.
  13. Playing a golf can be hard at first, but with lessons it is more easy to drive. I agree too, it is never too late!
  14. I have played more than 10 years and my game has been inconsistently and playing above 100 most of time.
    Early this year, I went for a 4 hours lesson. My aim was to be able to play consistently before 100. After a few swing evaluation, what the instructor did for the 4 hours lesson is to improve my approaching shorts. And I was able to play consistently below 100. Hitting low 90 on a better day.
    So, I too agree, it is never too late..
  15. Jeff M

    Jeff M
    North Carolina

    I will add my +1 to the guys who recommended finding an instructor, and if possible find someone you can take regular lessons from long term. Even if long term isn't viable for you, at least a few lessons to get you started on the right track would be good. I am fortunate enough that my mother was able to pay for regular lessons for me when I was first learning the game and through primary and secondary schools. Having that long term relationship with my instructor was a huge benefit, after a while he knew my swing better than I did, could immediately spot trouble moves and correct it quickly. I also learned a lot of my general knowledge of the game from him, including proper etiquette when I first started learning seriously.

    I also want to add, don't get in over your head with all the instructional videos/articles you may see online, in printed publications, or on Golf Channel. Some of them might be worth a look, but if you're trying to do 4 different moves to "Gain 15 yards fast!" then it will likely mess you up more than help. This is where a good instructor comes in, if they know your swing, they can figure out which moves work best for you specifically to help straighten things up.
  16. Darryl M

    Darryl M
    Wichita, KS

    Advice thought - If you change 5 things at once what fixed the issue?? If you changed 3 things at once which one didn't help the situation?

    So first of all if you go looking & reading make 1 change and see how it works. If it does then you can add to it for better accuracy or distance etc etc. If it didn't then go back & make a different change. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 things to make it all come together but unless the change shows an positive direction toward improvement I won't keep it in my swing/swing thoughts. So keep in mind simple is better.

    But the first thing is to decide what you want your swing to be (draw, fade, straight) & find a PGA professional that can help you start down that path of understanding what you are doing & how to accomplish what you want out of your golf swing. Then tweaking becomes easier once you have a better understanding of YOUR golf swing not someone else's you are trying to mimic.

    We all don't swing the same way, but can have the same results.

    Hope this helps..
  17. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Everyone is different, go see a PGA professional and take some money you will ever all starts with a good grip.....

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