GOAL Hit one less drive out of bounds
SAVE 2 strokes
Find A Swing That Works
The most important thing to do when you can't find the fairway is to find a driver swing that will get you back on track and eliminate the chances of really losing one left or right. If I'm hitting my driver horribly, I'll throttle back to my 3-wood or 2-iron. Another great mid-round fix is to simply choke down on the club an inch. It's amazing how much easier it is to control your drives if you do this. The lower ball flight will feel more controllable, especially when you're been hitting it all over the place. Finally, if you're missing to one side or the other, plan for it. My main miss is right, so if I'm having a tough day, I'll aim at the left edge of the fairway and let it come back.
BEFORE YOUR NEXT TEE SHOT....
Swing Like a Baseball Player
When I miss, it's usually to the right, because, like many draw-hitting players, I sometimes get "caught" in my downswing. Swinging the club like a baseball bat is something I do to fix this. It gives me the smooth and powerful feel I want in my swing. Because you're standing upright with no back tilt you have fewer angles in your body. You can't get stuck when you're up here.
When you start losing it right, set up like this, left, bring the club back like a baseball player and swing. This is the smooth motion you want with your driver.