How to Hit the Ball Farther – Five Advice from Pro Players
Everyone wants to hit the ball farther. No matter how far you can drive it currently, there is a good chance you would like to squeeze out an extra five yards or so off the tee. After all, longer drives mean shorter approach shots, and shorter approach shots can lead to more birdies. As long as you are able to harness that power and keep it in the fairway, long drives are a great thing.
Below are five tips from the pros regarding how to find maximum distance in your own swing.
- Make a full turn. If you cut your backswing short, you are never going to max out on your distance potential. You shouldn’t turn so far back that you lose balance or are uncomfortable, but don’t rush the backswing either. Make sure you get back as far as you can comfortably, then turn it loose into the downswing.
- Relax your grip. When you squeeze the club too tightly, you will restrict the release of the club through the ball, and could lose swing speed in the process. Make sure you are using a light grip pressure so you can swing freely. However, make sure also that the grip is at least tight enough to allow you to hold onto the club throughout the swing.
- Tee it high. Placing the ball higher on the tee will give you more room to swing up through impact and optimize your launch angle. Teeing it low may be a little better for accuracy, but teeing it high is great for trying to hit it as far as possible.
- Swing confidently. You will never max out your distance if you are swinging ‘scared’. When you decide to hit a driver on a particular hole, you need to have full confidence that it is the right club and that you are going to hit a good shot. If you don’t feel good about it, you are better off using a different club.
- Take a wide stance – but not too wide. If you have stance that is too narrow, you will lose balance easily, especially when making an aggressive swing. At the same time, a stance that is too wide will restrict your ability to turn. Finding the happy medium between the two will require that you spend a little time on the practice tee working on your driver swing to find a stance that feels comfortable and allows you to swing aggressively.