Need some help off the tee? Here are 60 one-sentence driver tips from GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers

We asked our Top 100 Teacher for a quick one-liner to help us improve our drives. They didn't disappoint.

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There’s no substitute for hard work, but as golfers will attest, there’s also nothing that compares to a good swing thought. Something clean and simple, that that you can take to the course and help you hit better shots.

As part of our driver issue in the March edition of GOLF Magazine, we wanted to lean into that, so we put out a call to our prestigious group of GOLF Top 100 Teachers with a simple query: In one sentence, what’s a swing thought, tip, or feeling you would tell a golfer who wants to hit better drives?

The answers came pouring in, and they were gems. But before going any further, a quick word of advice: It’s probably best to stay away from trying all of these at once. We don’t want you getting confused. Instead, scroll through, find one that speaks to you, and use it to send the ball down the fairway like never before.

One-sentence tips to hit better drives

Smash it like Jon Rahm with these quick, insightful driver tips. Getty Images
  1. “Learn to hit up on the ball.” — Micheal Jacobs
  2. “Straighten your legs and move the grip upward.” — Nick Clearwater
  3. “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” — Jerry King
  4. “Make a loud swoosh with the shaft to sweep the ball off of the tee with the face pointing in the direction you want to launch the ball.” — Dom DiJulia
  5. “Feel like your club, arms, and body get to your finish at the same time.” — Tony Ruggiero
  6. “Take one full-speed rehearsal swing and maintain your balance for 3 seconds.” — John Elliot
  7. “Place an alignment stick against your lead heel so it’s pointing at the ball, then hit balls.” — Ed Ibarguen
  8. “Hover the driver for a smoother and lower one piece takeaway, like Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.” — Michael Hunt
  9. “Create 40-yard-wide fairways on the range so your practice represents game-like conditions.” — Tim Cooke
  10. “Learn to stand to the ball in excellent posture and develop a bulletproof routine to maintain consistent alignment and distance from the ball.” – Justin Parsons
  11. “Feel like you hit a tennis forehand, top spin style.” — John Dunigan
  12. “Start with your right shoulder back at address, get it further back in the backswing, keep it back going into to impact.” — Brian Manzella
  13. “Free it up and let go!” — Josh Zander
  14. “Drive the face of the club through the ball like a hammer drives a nail into lumber.” — Jeff Smith
  15. “Hold your trophy finish.” — Kate Tempesta
  16. “Work on hitting the center of the clubface. It’s undefeated!” — Shaun Webb
  17. “Swing the driver with the same rhythm and timing of your 7-iron.” — VJ Trolio
  18. “Grab a dry-erase marker, mark the center of the face, and hit balls until the mark is gone.” — Bernie Najar
  19. “Hitting up and out on every tee shot while pushing off your left side will produce a very nice draw bias.” — Dana Dahlquist
  20. “Give up on the fantasy of hitting it straight, embracing your curve and learning how to manage it.” — Brady Riggs
  21. “Learn to do the ordinary fundamentals extraordinarily well!” — Jason Baile
  22. “Choose a shorter-length driver, with more loft than you think” — Kevin Kirk
  23. “Focus on solid contact; off-center strikes will change the spin axis of the ball and this makes the ball curve.” — Matt Killen
  24. “Know your scatter pattern for your driver and if the landing area fits, send it!” — Jim Murphy
  25. “Make sure half the ball is teed above the top of the driver, and try to keep the tee in the ground as you swing.” — Tim Mahoney
  26. “Pause at the top before you start your downswing.” — Don Sargent Jr. 
  27. “Tilt your spine away from the target, which will shallow the swing path and create an ascending blow.” — Carol Presinger
  28. “Hit the ball, but leave the tee in the ground.” — Wayne Flint
  29. “Soften your hands and arms, make loaded turn in the backswing, then unwind.” — Krista Dunton
  30. “Stand tall to the ball, ya’ll!” — Joe Hallett
  31. “Stand on the tee box and visualize the fairway being an ocean, and see your ball splash.” — Rick Grayson
  32. “Make lots of slow motion swings.” — Bryan Gathright
  33. “Get your driver fit by a reputable fitter.” — Todd Sones
  34. “Feel like the back stays fully turned at the start of the downswing; this creates space for the hands and arms to move down to impact.” — Michael Hebron
  35. “Strive for center contact and work to increase your hand speed through impact.” — Suzy Whaley
  36. “When you do a driver fitting, make sure the location of contact is factored into the loft and shaft selection.” — Allen Terrell
  37. “Swing without fear (this doesn’t mean hard as you can, it means swinging without tension).” — Steve Bosdosh
  38. “It’s all about impact, you must have your body in position to deliver a solid hit.” — Ted Sheftic
  39. “Curve your ball predominantly one direction.” — Mike Bender
  40. “Stop trying to hit it hard and start trying to ‘rhythm’ the cover off the ball.” — Martin Chuck
  41. “Get external with your trail shoulder, and rotate your body.” — George Gankas
  42. “Practice hitting your driver different distances with a full swing.” —  Scott Munroe
  43. “Try to set up the same way each time.” — Bryan Lebedevitch
  44. “It’s all about set up and speed; bow from your hips and drop your trail shoulder at address.” — Kellie Stenzel
  45. “Spray the face of your driver to see your impact point.” — James Leitz
  46. “Keep your head behind the ball as you deliver your driver from the inside.” — Cheryl Anderson
  47. “Keep your swing low and deep at the top and it will come down shallow and inside-out.” — Dr. Jim Suttie
  48. “On your backswing, turn your front shoulder behind the ball and swing without fearing where the ball might go.” — Kevin Weeks
  49. “Tee it lower to guarantee more fairways hit, like Nick Price and Tiger Woods did in their prime years.” — Andrew Park
  50. “Make full-length swings at a slow speed focusing on center contact, and slowly add speed from there.” — EJ Pfister
  51. “Think of the golf ball is a nail, and like hammering a nail, hammer the nail square on the head!” — EA Tischler
  52. “Practice on the narrowest hole you can find for accuracy, and work on making the fastest practice swings you can for speed.” — Brian Mogg
  53. “Know what your body can and can’t do so you’re able to adjust in your set up for those dysfunctions first.” — Debbie Doniger
  54. “I’ve never seen good drivers of the ball with poor setup, so make sure your setup is perfect.” — Kevin Sprecher
  55. “Our bodies change daily. When you are warming up on the range, find the shot shape for that day, embrace it, and play it.” — Lou Guzzi
  56. “Find an intermediate target for alignment and then hit the ball without looking back up to the target as is usually done.” — Eric Alpenfels
  57. “Think of the clubhead moving along the ground for a long time. That produces a flat spot at the bottom of the arc to help deliver the energy squarely into the ball.” — Chris O’Connell
  58. “Learn the difference between hitting up on the ball versus down.” — Jeff Leishman
  59. “Get in the gym regularly and perform several sets of medicine ball wall throws, from both sides.” — James Sieckmann
  60. “There’s no substitute for practice. Players understand the importance of driving the ball effectively, but rarely dedicate enough time to this aspect of the game.” — Jeffry Smith
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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.