Staying Out of Trouble with Your Driver

Fact: Over 90% of golfers will never be able to compete with you if you can do 3
relatively simple things (disregard putting for now).

Stay out of trouble with your driver (notice, I didn't say smash the ball 300 yards
down the center of the fairway).
Hit 70% of the greens you face from 150 yards in (in other words, learn to
control your 8 iron and down).
Chip the ball within 20 ft of the pin, almost every time (regardless of what you
may think, this is not that tough).
That's it. So that's what I'm going to focus on over the next few weeks.

What are these tips?

I've decided to release 10 tips regarding the above items. They'll be released
once a week, for about the next 10 weeks. They have been designed in
response to a growing number of questions about how to truly lower a handicap.
And it's my honest belief that the above 3 items are the best places to start, if
you want to truly score better.

These tips are meant to be a guide to help you lower your scores on the course
through means that most people don't practice. The goal here is for you to
round out your game, and for you to take advantage of the fact that I mention

How will these tips lower my Score?

Pretty simple really. The tips are designed to be released only once a week, so
you can focus on that particular tip for 7 days, incorporate it into your game,
and move on to the next.

That's the way you get better at anything, right? Implement 1 step or change at
a time. Reading an entire book on golf won't do anything for your game if you
don't implement any of it. That's why I designed "The Simple Golf Swing" the way
I did, because it's easy to implement. So the key will really be implementing just
one step in your game per week.

Tip #1 - Staying out of Trouble with your Driver

So what is it that's really causing problems with your driver? Is it a slice, a hook,
or just flat-out inconsistency? Well the good news is that, regardless of what
problem you are fighting, there are a few things to incorporate into your game
that are sure to help you. If you're the golfer that's saying right now, "I've battled
a slice for 25 years", then this is not going to be the undisputed end of your
problem. But you CAN reduce the slice or hook, which will help you score better.
So here is the first tip.

Swing Easy. Nothing can be better for your game than learning how to swing the
club easier and make your swing more fluid. If you go to the range and
concentrate ONLY on swinging easy, it will revolutionize your ability to position
yourself for a good approach shot when you get onto the course. You will make
more consistent impact with the ball, and it will reduce the amount of side-spin
you naturally place on the ball because the club head won't be traveling as fast
or with as much force. Again, I know you've heard it before, but I ask you to
concentrate on this for 1 week. And if you can't physically practice it, visualize it
at the office (visualization works great).
Switch to a low spin ball. Lower spin off of the tee means that the ball is going to
fly straighter regardless of how whether your ball moves right or left. I
recommend the Titleist DT SoLo, the Precept Laddie, or the Maxfli Noodle. You
can find these balls priced anywhere from $13 to $20 per dozen, and they will
play a large role in reducing the side spin that you place on the ball.
I realize that this all sounds over-simplified, but it's not. If you are having
problems controlling your driver, switch to a low-spin ball, and start swinging
easy. When you are on the range, ALL you should be thinking about is swinging
the club easy. Incorporate this into your game this week, then next week we'll
discuss how to get some more distance with your driver.

Next Week: How to Maximize your Distance by Hitting Triples instead of Home

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