Hit Those Long Drives with a Driver Setup Guaranteed for Success

A sound driver setup is needed when it comes to consistently repeating monster drives. If you're setup is faulty then the chances of being able to swing within your means is diminished.

I am sure you have noticed that Tour players are able to swing at high speeds and some of that is accredited to their athletic ability, however, a good portion is due to them being able to swing within their means because of a setup that allows them to.

If you don't have a quality driver setup then you are like a Porshe 911 Turbo(can reach top speeds) with 3 tires loose before a race, not a pretty situation you would want to be in.

In order to prevent your driver swing from coming apart and enabling you hit your maximum distance, below are some helpful guideliness to consider when setting up.


Guidelines for Setting up with Driver

  • A good setup would include body weight 45 percent on the left leg and 55 percent on the right
  • This will naturally place your spine tilt at address 5 degrees leaning away from target
  • By doing this tilt it will allow for the correct path of the driver to approach the ball from the inside/square
  • Ball placement should be just inside left shoulder or inside left heel when feet are shoulder width apart
  • With the ball position towards the front it will allow for the driver to hit just slightly on the upswing
  • Make sure you're looking straight out of your eyes at the ball and not down through your cheeks
  • Finally, be sure to have atleast 25 degrees of forward tilt at address as this will help you rotate around your spine

Setup for Driver

Looking Straight out of Eyes

One good drill to use that will focus on hitting the sweet spot consistently each time is to do what Jack Nicklaus did by hovering the driver behind the ball.

Hovering Driver

Driver at Rest

By hovering the driver off the ground behind the ball it gave Jack a better feel for where impact was going to be.

If you don't like hovering the club, you can still hover it to be sure the ball is centered in the face. After grounding the driver you will notice that if you do this correctly, the ball will appear out towards the end of the toe. 

 However, if it appears that the ball is in middle of the face after lowering the driver to the ground then you manipulated your distance by either reaching out further with your arms or you uncocked your wrists.


Faults to Check for at Setup

  1. Weight should not be on toes or on heels but toward upper balls of feet 
  2. Spine tilt is too far away from target when you feel more than 60% of your weight is on your back foot
  3. If you're looking down your cheeks then you are not looking straight out from your eyes which could be due to your spine being too upright
  4. Ball position is too far forward if the shaft is leaning back or ball position is too far back if shaft is leaning too forward


If you follow these driver setup tips you should notice significant improvement in the consistency of your drives.

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Bo, I wanted to thank you for your help so far with my golf game. I wanted to let you know that I shot a 75 the other day in a tournament round, my best round ever. I had 32 total putts and NO 3 putts. I definitely couldn't have done that before. Thanks again and I'll be back in touch soon to get some more lessons lined up.


Bo I just wanted to tell you about another tournament I played in. I went out and played and shot a 75 which is one of my best rounds this year so I think everything is coming together. I've been making alot of birdies lately and just wanted to thank you for everything!

Adam Mikhalko

Hey Bo when I got back from camp I played really well I’m putting great and I’m hitting the ball well. Thank you for everything at camp.


Hey Bo!!! I have been playing my best in golf, mostly because of you!!! two days ago I shot an 80 in my club tourney and came in 3rd place.

Brandtley Taylor

I played in a tournament when I got back from camp and shot 76 and came in fourth. I feel much more confident on the course with my mental thoughts. I used the tips you wrote down on that sheet and they have helped me alot.

Freddy Weber