No need to carve a divot here—simply “brush” the grass under the ball. And stay loose! The moment you get tense the more likely you are to skull this one or catch it fat. Let yourself relax and it will be easy to fly it high and land it nice and close to the flagstick.
Let’s say you have 10 minutes to warm up before teeing off. How do you spend your time? Most players would sprint to the range to hit a few rushed drives. But I’ve found that the best way to quickly sharpen your focus for 18 holes is to head to the putting green for one of my favorite games: Drawback.
Tense muscles only rob you of your natural feel and swing speed so I recommend the opposite approach. Try executing this shot with your body completely relaxed. Your grip pressure should be light—about a “6” on a scale of 1 to 10. And as you swing into impact move your hands arms and lower body in unison. The big mistake?