Playing from the center of the fairway is much less stressful than hacking out of the woods all day. Every golfer wants to be in the middle of the fairway with an iron in their hands and a perfect lie under the ball.
To help you keep your drives on the short stuff more often, here are a few tips that you can apply immediately:
If the hole bends a certain way (a dogleg) then curving the ball with the shape of the hole will help you keep your drives in the fairway.
A higher ball is affected by the wind and harder to keep straight. Teeing the ball down will help you drive the ball lower and keep it straighter.
A fade is a shot that curves from left to right. The most accurate players who ever played the game Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino always hit a fade.
Value position and being in the fairway over length. You might be further back but you won't be blocked out by any trees.
Mark a line on your ball with a marker and point that line towards the target. Then pick a target two feet in front of the ball. By doing this, you will always be aligned correctly. All bad shots will start with bad alignment.
A longer backswing will lead to more distance but less accuracy. A shorter backswing will hit the ball straighter.
A driver with more loft will be easier to hit. A driver with less loft will help you hit the ball lower and keep it straight.
If your bad shot is a slice, this is a clubface that corrects your ball flight.
The faster your swing speed, the less margin of error you have when you make contact. The further you drive the ball, the narrower the fairway gets. Because of these truths, the best way to hit more fairways is to swing with control.