Chances are your favorite club -- the driver -- is also your worst enemy. With its long shaft and straight face, it's the least accurate stick of the 14 in your bag, and accuracy should be your major concern. It stands to reason, then, that the fewer times you use the driver, the less likely you are to hit a wild shot.
A player with your power doesn't need to hit the driver on every par four. Throttling down still will place you comfortably within reach of the green in two. So use less club from the tee, choosing the right stick based on the length of the hole. Devise a scale something like this:
|Length of Hole||Driving Club|
|Under 350 yards||4-iron|
|351 -- 370||3-iron|
|371 -- 390||2-iron/4-wood|
|391 -- 410||3-wood|
|411 and longer||Driver|
Of course, certain holes will be exceptions. You may encounter a short par four with a generous driving area, allowing you to waive the rules and go with more club in an attempt to drive the green or get ridiculously close.
Likewise, par fives deserve special consideration. If there's no possibility of reaching the green in two, use less than the driver. When the one-wood is your only chance of reaching in two, the chance for eagle may make it worth the risk.
Private Lessons 1999 Time4 Media, Inc., used under license by GolfServ Online, Inc. Instructional information provided by Golf Magazine.