I would imagine that if you asked 10 golfers what club they love/hate the most, the majority answer would be the driver. Numerous players have a hard time using their driver effectively, and many will opt to use another club instead (which is good advice, by the way).
Here are a few tips that might help you conquer the driver.
The most basic (commone sense) and fundamental (important) tip is to try out as many drivers as you can before selecting one. You want your driver to feel good in your hands and you want it to feel good during your swing. If you are not confident with your driver you are bound to lack the confidence needed to make a good shot.
After selecting what you feel is the best driver for you, you should follow a setup routine before making your shot. Keep in mind that tee height is important. The tee should be adjusted to about the top line on the clubface. Now, this is not a hard and fast rule. You should experiement to find your optimum height, but make sure you do not tee too low.
Nearly every golfer will want to play the ball of his or her left heel. This, too, is important as it aids in getting the proper clubface contact with the ball.
Check your alignment to the target. Often a player will make a horrid shot and blame it on his swing when it was due to poor alignment to the target.
Keep about 60% of your body weight on your right foot, and have your feet about shoulder width apart. This will greatly aid your balance throughout the entire swing.
As for the rest of the drive mechanics, well, that is up to you. Every player will have a different backswing, a different momentum, tempo, delivery, impact and follow through. Anyone who tells you there is one hard and fast rule or technique for driving is not telling you the truth. The factors that make this such an open-ended shot include things like a player’s age, flexibility, muscle tone and experience.
Some pros will tell you to use your legs for power, some will tell you to forget the legs, it is all about upper body strength. The differing amount of information that is available for driving technique is simply staggering.
So, rather than share with you something that probably will not work for you, my suggestion is that you try different techniques (on the driving range) until you match your physical abilities with a technique that works for you. In other words, customize your drive to fit your needs. It is good to pay attention to basic swing mechanics and follow those as best you can, but you and only you, can put together the perfect “package” that works for you, and the only way to do that is to get out there and practice and pay attention to what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong.
Driving does not have to be a horror. In fact, it is one of the best feelings in the world to make a great drive with your driver. You will see what I mean as soon as you get your particular mechanics into a whole package.