was successfully added to your cart.



Popping up Your Driver? 3 Hacks to Stop and Improve Your Game

Tiger woods at top of swing

If you’re a golfer who is struggling with popping up your driver, you’re not alone. This frustrating occurence can lead to lost distance and accuracy, but with the right approach, it’s something that can be corrected. In this article, we’ll explore the common causes of popping up your driver and provide solutions to help you fix the problem.

Don’t Embarrass Yourself at the Tee 

Popping up your driver at the tee is absolutely humiliating. You can shoot the best round of your life but your golf buddies will always remember how you shanked the first shot. 

Do yourself a favor and break bad habits early. It takes a trained eye to point out exactly where you’re going wrong, and an even better one to make an action plan to fix it. Gears touts the most powerful, precise, golf swing motion capture system in the world and our users are frequently awestruck by the clarity and practicality of our analytics. With our system you can not only compare your drive with a pro’s, but you can enjoy a glorious 3D rendering of every angle and speed of your body movement so you know exactly where you should perfect your technique. 

Hack #1: Position Is Everything 

golf clubs laying in grass

One of the most common reasons for popping up your driver is a poor setup position. If the ball is teed up too high or too far forward in your stance, it can cause you to hit the ball on the upswing, resulting in a pop-up. Conversely, if the ball is too far back in your stance, it can cause you to hit the ball on the downswing, resulting in a topped shot.

Another cause of popping up your driver is improper body position. If you’re standing too far from the ball, it can cause you to swing on an upward angle, resulting in a pop-up. Conversely, if you’re standing too close to the ball, it can cause you to swing on a downward angle, resulting in a topped shot.

Other common mistakes that can lead to popping up your driver include using too much upper body, failing to transfer your weight properly, and poor wrist position.

Hack #2: Get the Setup Right


To achieve a good setup position and avoid popping up your driver, there are several tips to keep in mind. Check your ball position. The ball should be teed up so that half of it is above the top of the driver. It should be lined up with your lead foot, which for a right-handed golfer is the left foot.

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed. Keep your spine straight and tilt forward from your hips, not your waist. Your arms should hang naturally and your hands should be positioned just in front of your zipper.

Check your alignment. Ensure that your shoulders are square to the target and your feet are lined up parallel to the target line. This will help you hit the ball straight and make clean contact with the ball. 

Hack #3: Keep the Tee Height Consistent

Titleist golf ball sitting on a tee

There’s no doubt that bad technique is the main culprit of 80% of golf handicaps. You can eliminate so many issues by committing to maintain good posture, and use a smooth, controlled swing. Do this enough times and get your tempo right and you’ll be on your way in no time. 

We’ll let you in on a little secret though. Like we said, technique is everything. But, if you want a shortcut to pop up the ball less, try messing with your tee height a bit. Mark up your tees if you have to. The rule of thumb is your tee height should be consistent. This can help you maintain proper ball position and avoid hitting the ball on the upswing. 

World-Class Drills to Polish Your Drive

Here are ten drills that can help improve your driving technique in golf:

  1. Swing Plane Drill: Use an alignment stick or club to check that your swing is on the correct plane. Place the stick or club along your target line and swing back and forth, ensuring that your club stays on the same plane as the stick.
  2. Weight Shift Drill: Practice shifting your weight to your back foot on your backswing and then to your front foot on your downswing. This will help you achieve a more powerful swing and hit the ball further.
  3. Impact Position Drill: Practice getting into the correct impact position by hitting balls while standing with your back against a wall. This will help you feel the proper positioning of your hips, shoulders, and club at impact.
  4. Knee Flex Drill: Practice hitting balls with a slight flex in your knees, which can help you stay balanced and maintain proper swing mechanics.
  5. Slow Motion Swing Drill: Practice hitting balls in slow motion to help you feel the correct sequencing of your swing and avoid rushing your downswing.
  6. Alignment Drill: Use alignment sticks to ensure your feet, hips, and shoulders are aligned properly with your target line.
  7. Tempo Drill: Use a metronome to establish a consistent tempo and rhythm in your swing.
  8. Grip Pressure Drill: Practice holding the club with a light grip pressure to improve your feel and touch in your swing.
  9. Clubhead Speed Drill: Use a speed radar to measure your clubhead speed and work on increasing it through proper mechanics and technique.
  10. Impact Tape Drill: Use impact tape on your clubface to see where you are making contact with the ball and adjust your swing accordingly to achieve a better, more consistent strike.


Popping up your driver is a common problem for many golfers, but it’s not something that can’t be corrected. By understanding the root causes of the problem, working on drills to improve your technique, and maintaining proper driving technique, you can overcome this issue and take your driving game to the next level. With the right approach, you can enjoy greater success on the course and a more enjoyable golf experience overall.

    Enter your information, and we'll text you shortly.