Distance, we are taught, is key to build a great game of golf around. Every golfer wants to know how to drive a golf ball further thus reducing the distance of the approach shot. Shorter distances require shorter clubs enabling you to exert more control and accuracy.
Although accuracy will make your life much simpler by playing off the fairway, many of the younger golfers have adopted to bomb-and-gouge approach. They are hitting their drives as far as possible and then have a short iron into the green. Even though conditions in the rough allows them to reach the green with a short iron while still being able to control the distance to a large extent.
A good example of golfers adopting the bomb-and-gouge style is Bryson DeChambeau who underwent a total physical transformation to enable him to drive the ball further than most other professionals. He is not the only professional golfer that has successfully adopted this approach.
How Do I Hit a Golf Ball Further
Swing speed alone is not going to give you more distance. Hitting the golf ball in the sweet spot consistently will ensure that you are up there with your playing partners if they spread the ball all over.
It is a common belief that an increase of one mile per hour will add up to three yards in extra distance.
A relaxed swing will enable you to create more consistency as tension is one of the biggest factors robbing you of distance and consistency. A constant pre-swing routine including breathing exercises will enable you to focus and relax when you stand over the ball. It is advisable to minimize the time standing over the ball as it could initiate some negative thoughts.
Waggling your hands will free up any tension in your hands and arms.
The larger the arc created during the swing; the more speed you can generate that will provide additional distance. Building torque in your lower body on the backswing will also add to the speed that you can generate.
To build torque you have to build resistance on your trailing leg by rotating around the leg without swaying your body away from the target. This is the time to start transferring your weight to your back leg and pushing your back foot down into the turf.
Creating a wide arc requires you to push the club as far as possible to the back without losing balance and control. Keeping your arms straight will make it easier to create a large arc. Cocking your wrists will ensure that you optimize the distance that the club must travel during the downswing.
To generate maximum speed, you must start the downswing with your lower body using the torque built up in the backswing.
The weight transfer process started during the backswing will be reversed as you reach the top of your backswing. This will maximize the rotation of your body and move the bottom of the arc slightly forward allowing you to exercise maximum compression of the golf ball at impact.
Generating maximum clubhead speed at the time of impact you must keep your hands cocked thus creating lag until your hands are below hip height. Releasing your hands too early will create maximum speed midway through the swing causing a. casting action.
Maximum speed can be identified by the swooshing sound made by the clubhead. Ideally, you want to hear this sound at or directly after impact.
Pushing your feet into the ground during the swing and correct weight transfer will offer you the most stability and maximize speed.
Physical Strength, Flexibility, and Fitness
To increase your ability to maximize swing speed it is critical that you look after your physical fitness and flexibility. Increased flexibility will enable you to have a longer backswing thus increasing the distance of the downswing.
Good physical conditioning will enable you to maximize your swing speed and reduce the possibility of picking up injuries. Stretching before starting your round will increase your flexibility and has been proven to increase your swing speed.
As the golf swing revolves mainly around your core it is important to identify the specific areas that need strengthening and develop your training schedule accordingly. A strong core will increase your ability to stay stable during the swing sequence and generate maximum torque.
The main muscle groups to strengthen are:
Recommended exercises and muscle groups strengthened
- Squats are aimed at strengthening your upper legs, glutes, and lower back
- Single leg squat with arm reach has a high degree of difficulty that requires ample strength and control over body movements
- Back extensions to improve flexibility and strength in your back
- Hip loader for strong posture and enhanced lateral movement
- 90/90s to strengthen glutes
- Forearm pronation strengthens your outer forearms
- Forearm supination to strengthen your inner forearms
- Wrist extension to strengthen your wrist
- Rotational lunges increase strength in your lower back, glutes, and enable you to fire your hips
Having the right equipment suited to your swing and physical attributes will ensure that you get the best results. If possible, you should have a club fitting with your local professional club fitter.
Your swing speed will determine the most suitable loft for your driver. Slower swing speed requires more loft to attain more height as it generates less spin.
Shaft characteristics are of major significance as a soft flex will generate too much spin and a loss in distance. Other characteristics to consider in selecting the right shaft is the weight, torque, and kick point.
Monitoring progress through the use of a launch monitor will show highlight swing dynamics that need improvement to increase swing speed and allow you to hit the golf ball farther.
In addition to having the right equipment, physical conditioning, and swing mechanics making use of training aids to monitor and improve weight transfer and swing tempo will aid you in your continuous improvement.
Swing speed is your best friend to improve your driving distance. To achieve this, it is imperative to maintain a good physical condition if you want to remain competitive off the tee.
Understanding the swing mechanics will allow you to identify specific areas that you can work on without consulting a swing coach. That does not mean that you do not have to sign up with a swing coach to fine-tune your swing for maximum contact.
Targeted exercises to strengthen your core will reduce the risk of picking up injuries and keeping you away from your favorite sport. This combined with pre-round warm-up and stretches can allow you to be the one that your playing partners aspire to be.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.