Your power platform

To get the most from your driver, you need to be in the best possible position at address. Get the set up right and you'll be able to make a powerful, balanced swing that delivers consistently long, straight drives.

Shoulder angle

 Power Platform

The ideal ball position with a driver is forward in your stance, just inside your left heel. This will create a small amount of shoulder tilt - your left will be higher than your right. This will help you strike the ball slightly on the upswing optimising your ball flight for maximum distance.

Posture and alignment

Now concentrate on two of golf's most important fundamentals - posture and alignment. Take care to line the clubface up with your target first. Once you have done that, set your stance - your feet, hips and shoulders should all be parallel to your ball to target line. One common mistake is to aim your feet at the target but this simple error will lead to a closed stance.

 Athletic Posture

For an athletic posture, set your upper body in position by bending from the hips, keeping your back straight. Letting your back hunch over will affect both the swing path and the quality of your ball striking. Allow for some flex in your knees and set a little more weight on your left side. In the ideal position you should feel both balanced and athletic.

You should now be in the perfect position to hit a powerful, accurate drive. Any small mistakes here can have a big impact on the shots you hit. For more advice don't hesitate to come into the pro shop and book a lesson.

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Driving Tips

Your power platform
If you want to get the most out of your driver then you need to consider how your set up affects power and accuracy

Hit your power potential
There are certain key mechanics in the golf swing that will help you find genuine speed through impact

Creating resistance
Let's have a look at how resistance plays its part in creating power, something you'll all benefit from knowing

Power pointers
We've discussed how to create speed, but here's a drill you help you establish when your power is being released

Long Game Tips

How to hit your fairway woods
Being a better fairway wood player will lower your scores and help you reach more par 5s in two

Fairway wood setup
Addressing your fairway woods more like the way you set up to your driver should help you to deliver a better strike

Fairway wood drill
We've talked about how we can get you making a cleaner strike, but here's a good drill to help you

Hybrid essentials
Hybrids offer us great versatility but there is an art to getting the right strike from different lies

Iron Play Tips

Your strike point
Being able to strike pure mid irons will set up more birdies chances, so here are a few tips

Shape your shots
Being able to shape shots will help your understanding of the golf swing and make you a better player

The angle of attack
Ball first, turf second, is the key with irons. Here's a drill to help you master this

Short Game Tips

Understanding your divot patterns
Learn more about your own swing path by understanding how to decode your divot patterns

Consider your wedge line-up
Your wedge line-up is critical to how you make your score. Here are some vital considerations

Bunker play essentials
Playing from a greenside bunker needn't be something to fear if you get the essentials right

Putting Tips

How to read greens
I really want you to start spending more time on this, part of the game too many of us just don't address

Building a picture
Taking the time to consider the slopes and building a picture of your putt is key to becoming a better putter

Using water as a guide
Natural slopes can actually help you read putts, so be sure to bear this in mind when lining up

Make more birdies
Here's some putting advice that can help you with that goal of winning this month's medal

Getting the pace right
Reading greens is one thing, but you need to spend time on getting used to the pace of greens, too

My Advice Tips

Why pushes and hooks are linked
Why pushes and hooks are part of the same family of shots and how understanding this can help you

Pushes and hooks: Swing path drill
If you're struggling with your swing I recommend that you see me, but here's a drill to help in the meantime

On the practice range
Use your range to try shaping shots. If nothing else it'll help you understand your swing path

Why slices and pulls are linked
The pull and slice are closely linked and understanding this can help you work out what might be going wrong

Slices and pulls: Swing path drill
Here's a simple drill with a couple of headcovers to help you with your slices and pulls

Setting the perfect grip
So many of your bad shots out there can be the result of a bad grip. Here's some help

Grip faults and fixes
A closer look at where your grip might be causing you to play some loose shots

Your grip and power platform
Using your wrists as levers is an effective way to generate power in the golf swing

Playing from wet lies
In this country we'll frequently find ourselves needing to play from wet lies. Here's some help

The importance of re-gripping
If you want to get the most out of your clubs and avoid loose shots, it's so important to re-grip on a yearly basis, or approximately once every 40 rounds. Find out why...

Manston Golf Centre 2018 Calender
Manston Golf Centre 2018 Calender
Important dates for 2018 at Manston Golf Centre. Read more.......

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