There are two different strategies for how to hit a golf ball farther. One is for duffers and one is for scratch golfers. For the struggling golfer, hitting farther pretty much depends on increasing the strength and speed of your swing. For the player, distance depends on the efficacy of the golf swing itself. Here are suggestions that should benefit both types of players. You’re never too inexperienced to learn good habits.
- Equipment. The modern driver now features a deeper angle than drivers once did. The old seven to eight degree drivers are being replaced by new nine to ten degree drivers with larger sweet spots and more snap to the shaft. Finding the right driver for your driving style may take some time in the pro-shop, but it’s time well spent.
- Strengthening Your Swing. A neat trick for increasing the speed and strength of your swing is to swing a weighted club, doing several repetitions before picking up your regular driver to swing. Do that consistently and it will not only increase your muscle strength, but you should notice an immediate increase in the speed of your swing.
- Balance. The key to an efficient golf swing is to pull evenly through the swing with both hands. If you are right or left hand dominant you will have to compensate to land the ball against the club’s sweet spot consistently. Golfers like Tiger Woods strive to have equal strength, flexibility and control in both sides of their bodies. The more unbalanced your body halves, the more it affects the quality of your swing when you try to hit harder. A balanced swing requires the golfer to make fewer artificial compensations to line up his shot. Set yourself up with an exercise program that works on your weak side and try to bring it up even with your strong side.
- Power. Power in a golf swing depends on the lead arm leading, but not interfering with the driving power of the trailing forearm. Work on properly uncocking the leading wrist and thrusting the lead arm off the chest as your body pivots. The lead wrist must roll through the impact with the ball behind the driving power of the forearm. The hands should grip the club as though holding a bird without crushing it or releasing it. The tighter you grip the club, the more inaccurate your swing will be.
- Accuracy. The lead wrist must be flat for proper clubface alignment and the swing must trace a consistent orbit in a single plane. Line your front foot up with the ball to give it more loft and shift your weight backward as you go to your backswing. Make a calm, steady downswing with the lead wrist angled downward toward the ball. The club should still be accelerating when it hits the ball. The club head should travel along the ground leading into the ball for about a fourth of your swing arc. Don’t lift the club face as you swing into the ball trying for extra lift. Depend on that angled face on your expensive driver to lift the ball for you. Follow through with your arms in a perfect “V” pointing toward the spot you were aiming for and then let the club carry on around over your shoulder.
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