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How to Hit a Driver Consistently for More Fairways in Regulation

Learning how to hit a driver isn’t necessarily the hardest thing in golf to do. However, doing it consistently could be.

Things like posture, wrist extension, grip pressure and incorrect shaft flex could be the root problem of your driver issues.

After reading our best tips for how to hit a driver consistently for more fairways in regulation, you’ll have all the information you need to start playing each round of golf from the center of the fairway.

Ways to Hit a Driver Consistently (Key Takeaways)

If you need to bookmark this post and read it the next time you are on the driving range, here are a few key pieces of information to take with you right now. To hit a driver consistently:

  • Turn your feet outwards a little to increase backswing rotation.
  • Reduce grip pressure for better wrist action and clubface control.
  • Keep the ball lined up with your front heel at setup.
  • Adjust the tee height to match your attack angle.
  • Keep your lead wrist flat at the top of the swing to help shallow the shaft.
  • Rotate your hips as the first move down from the top of the backswing.
  • Get a good shoulder turn right from the start and keep it going through impact.

Prefer watching to reading? Check out this video recap on how to consistently hit your driver and improve your distance.

9 Tips to Hit a Driver Consistently

There are numerous reasons why you may not hit a driver consistently. These include everything from poor posture, limited hip turn, and lack of rotation in the shoulders.

However, what’s more important than these causes – are the solutions.

Here are 9 tips to hit a driver consistently that will benefit any golfer.

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1. Adjust Your Tee Height

The first step to hitting your driver consistently is to tee your ball up to the ideal height for your angle of attack.

You must strike the ball slightly above the center of the clubface to generate a high launch angle and low spin rate. Most amateurs are afraid to tee it too high, and they think that this lower ball flight and launch give them more distance.

This isn’t true. Learn to get the ball up a little higher and you’ll hit it closer to the center of the clubface at impact.

When you tee the ball a little higher, you almost have to shallow your angle of attack, allowing you to catch the sweet spot and improve distance and control.

2. Create Spine Angle and Flex Knees

Your next mission is to moderately angle your spine and flex your knees.

Start by standing upright and feel the weight more concentrated in the front of your feet.

From the upright position, bend your spine slightly forward and flex your knees until you feel comfortable and balanced. The weight should center itself at this point.

Next, approach the ball and attempt to replicate this position.

If I find myself too hunched over, it often means I’m standing too far from the golf ball and need to readjust. Conversely, if my spine is too upright, I’m standing too close to the ball, restricting my arm movement and shoulder turn on the backswing.

The driver posture is a little different than the iron posture, and you have to narrow this down to get the ball in the fairway.

3. Turn Your Feet Out (Trail Foot to Optimize Rotation on the Backswing)

If you have limited movement in your lower body, turn both feet out just a quarter turn. You can get a little better rotation without feeling restricted at the top of the swing.

Generating maximum energy of your backswing is vital to accelerate clubhead speed and power into impact.

If you lose power before you reach the top of your backswing, you have nothing to unload on the way down, resulting in a slower swing speed and a loss of distance.

Leading European PGA instructor Rob Cheney highlights how to turn your feet outwards if you require a visual demonstration.

4. Reduce Grip Pressure

It’s almost natural to grip the club tight and try to rip it.

The problem is, it doesn’t work. Tight grip pressure restricts your control because it tenses your shoulders and arms and minimizes your ability to guide the club on plane.

The lack of shoulder turn on the backswing hampers your ability to get your hands and club head to the desired position at the top.

Find your optimal grip pressure. It doesn’t need to be loose; it just needs to ensure the club can rotate properly through impact. Try a few swings with what feels like excessively light grip pressure, and then switch it to excessively tight and find that middle ground.

5. Ball Aligned with Front Heel

Once your fundamentals check out, address the ball and set up for your shot.

Align the ball with the inside of your front heel to account for the added length of your driver shaft.

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In addition, the forward ball position encourages you to strike the golf ball on the upswing, sweeping it into the air.

If the ball is too far back in the stance, you will hit down on the golf ball, which will result in yardage loss and sometimes even a slice. If the golf ball is teed up past your front foot, you’ll have to reach for it and risk topping it.

6. Shorten Your Backswing

Shortening your backswing can help you get your driver on a better plane and path. However, a shortened backswing does not mean a reduced shoulder or hip turn.

You still need the body to do its job; just don’t let the arms, hands, and wrists take the club further back than it should be going.

Wrist extension and open clubface typically ensue when a golf club swings too far back. From this position at the top, you’ll be playing catch up to get the clubface square.

I feel like I take my clubhead ¾ of the way back and delay taking it inside.

This enhances my control of the clubface and helps me get it as far from the impact zone as possible.

Once my clubhead reaches the 3 ? 4 mark, I initiate my downswing and let the club fall into place as I shallow it, leading into impact.

Here’s a fair warning: you may lose a little distance off the tee by switching to this shorter backswing, but you should find more fairways.

7. Move Wrist Towards Flexion at the Top

Added extension at the top of the backswing can cause the driver clubface to end up open at impact. The result is a slice or fade that won’t end up near the target.

If wrist movement is your problem, the HackMotion wrist sensor is the solution.

The HackMotion will train your wrist position to be more flat at the top of the backswing. From this flat or slightly flexed position, the only move into the ball is one of pure speed.

If you need a simple drill to help you gain more flexion in your backswing with the driver, try this.

  • Hold your hand out in front of you with your palm facing the ground.
  • Push your fingers down towards the earth to flex your wrists.
  • Then, turn your hand clockwise until your palm faces the intended target ahead of you.

Notice how your palm is closed to the target, which is the optimal position you want leading into impact.

Conversely, when you hold your hand out in front of you and raise your fingers to the sky, you’ve created a wrist extension. If you leave your wrists extended into impact, you’ll keep the clubface open and possibly slice your golf ball.

8. Shift Hips to Initiate Downswing

Many golfers are curious about how to start their downswing to get consistent drives.

When you reach the top of your backswing, you should feel more weight on your trail side, which is where you store your energy to unleash on the downswing.

From the top of the swing, you need to start shifting your weight towards the front leg. This creates forward momentum that in turn, causes your shoulders to rotate.

The result is maximized power, lag, and control of the clubface.

Instead of initiating the transition with the hips, many players rely heavily on their arms and shoulders to get the club down to the golf ball. When your swing is all about the arms, you lose power.

9. Rotate Your Shoulders Through Impact

Finally, rotating your shoulders through contact is vital for your clubhead speed, power, and accuracy off the tee.

Ultimately, you will make cleaner contact with the ball and increase yardage by ensuring your shoulders keep turning. If you stop at the ball or forget to turn the shoulders to begin with, expect a loss of swing speed, power, and control of the clubface.

The next time you take a driver practice swing, pay attention to where your shoulders are at impact. If you find them open to the target, increase your turn rate to square them up at contact.

At the end of your swing, make sure you have fully rotated your shoulders so you are facing the target.

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Common Causes of Hitting a Driver Inconsistently

There are a number of common causes for golfers to deliver inconsistent driver swings. Go through this checklist and see if any of them stand out and could be the cause of your inconsistency on the course.

  • Incorrect Equipment: a driver loft that is too strong or a shaft that is too stiff.
  • Bad posture: standing too upright or having the upper back hunched will force the club from swinging on the proper plane.
  • Lack of Rotation: if you aren’t turning back with your body and arms, you won’t have nearly enough power or stability to hit consistent drives.
  • Extension of the Lead Wrist in the Backswing: too much extension in the lead wrist, as opposed to a flat or flexed position, will cause erratic drives, especially slices.
  • Relying Too Heavily on the Arms: the arms and wrists can help generate power but they can’t be the sole source of power in the swing.
  • Not Enough Width in the Swing: the driver is long, keep the backswing wide so you can maximize power and torque, no need for a wrist hinge during the takeaway.


A driver is the longest and largest golf club in our bag. Despite its added surface area, it’s challenging to control.

Adjusting your tee height, standing moderately upright, and promoting maximum rotation is a perfect starting point for learning how to hit a driver more consistently.

In addition, remember to keep your ball aligned with the inside of your front heel and minimize wrist extension towards the top.

Optimizing your wrist angles using the HackMotion swing analyzer will help you control the clubface to generate superior accuracy and consistent distance off the tee box.

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