Instruction

How to Make Your First Drive a Good One

Photo: Bob Atkins

You're on plane if the shafts stay together.<br /> You're on plane if the shaft points at the ball.

This story is for you if...

• You never leave enough time to get loose before a round
• You're tired of big numbers on the first few holes

THE SITUATION
You're late again for your tee time. You've been here before, and you know it means the first few holes could wreck your round.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Take your regular grip with any iron. Turn a second iron upside down and place it in your hands so that the butt end just reaches your navel. Make your regular backswing and stop when your hands reach chest-height.

YOU'RE READY TO HIT YOUR FIRST SHOT IF...
The shaft of the second iron points at the ball and it's easy to hold both clubs in place without the shafts separating.

YOUR SWING NEEDS ADJUSTING IF...
The butt end of the second iron points to the other side of the ball or somewhere between your feet and the ball, or if it's difficult for you to keep the shafts lined up.

If the shaft points between the ball and your feet, your backswing is too steep — add more shoulder turn. If the shaft points to the far side of the ball, your backswing is too flat — hinge your wrists up instead of rolling them to the right. These adjustments should get your swing on plane and send your first shot and the ones that follow straight down the fairway.

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