Always know what you would like to do before you hit the driver. It is the one club that sets you up for a good shot to the green.
The position of the driver is played off the left heel. The hands are positioned ahead of the ball. The left arm and shaft of the club form a straight line to the ball. The left arm starts the backswing, keeping the club low to the ground (see photo).
When you are driving for accuracy, the hands and shoulders work as a unit. When distance is your goal, the turn and the hands will travel a little faster--still working together, but the leg drive is stronger.
For accuracy, the club at impact should be in the same position as when you began the backswing. If you are trying for leverage and distance, the upper body must remain steady during the backswing. At the top of a full backswing, the club should be parallel to the ground. Your leg drive also is greater on impact, and the extension is full.
From this position, all you need to do to make good contact is start down with a lateral shift of your hips toward the target; a movement followed in order by the shoulders, arms and hands. Stay through the ball after impact.
I have found the average golfer tries to hit the ball too hard on drives. He becomes so intent on hitting the ball hard he forgets to concentrate and have the various parts work together.
Most good drivers have these things in common: they are very deliberate moving away from the ball; they're conscious of their hands at the top of the swing; their motion back through the ball makes sure that everything works together at impact.