How’d He Hit That: Driver Off The Deck

Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley

SwingU Instructor

Welcome to this week’s episode of How’d He Hit That? where every week we take a look at an unbelievable golf shot and help you to learn how you can use that shot in your game.

This week, SwingU instructor Josh Kelley goes over a shot that is hit virtually every week on the PGA or LPGA Tour when the situation calls for it: the driver off the deck.

Tour pros are playing ridiculously long courses nowadays and one of the only ways course designers can keep the pros from chewing up and spitting out their beloved courses is by adding length to holes. While it takes a lot to turn a par-5 into a true three-shot hole, whenever you see a pro hit driver twice on the same hole, you know you’re dealing with a long one.

The first thing to realize when you’re considering pulling out the big stick when you’re not on a tee box is that this is a high-risk shot. With that in mind, you need to be aware of the conditions and possible pitfalls that may be in play with the shot. 

Once you’ve made the decision to hit the shot, there are a few adjustments you need to make to pull off the shot. First of all, it couldn’t be more different than how you swing your driver off the tee.

As opposed to hitting up on the ball off a tee, we need to hit down on it as if we were hitting a 3-wood. Similarly, move the ball a bit further back in your stance than you would off a teebox. A driver is typically much longer than other clubs in your bag, so be sure to choke up on the grip to make it more manageable from a fairway lie. 

When it comes to ball flight, covering up the ball with a driver off the ground is very hard to do, so it would benefit you to get a little steeper with your swing and play a little cut for the most consistent results. 

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