How to Hit the Ball as Far as the Pro Players
While the golfers on TV shoot scores that most people can’t even dream of, they do have one skill that most players would love to copy more than any other – the ability to hit long drives. Even the average hitter on the professional tour is much longer than the average weekend golfer, and that is mostly due to superior technique. While improved physical fitness can help add yards to your drives, it is largely your technique that is going to dictate how far the ball flies down the fairway.
So what steps can you take to hit the ball as far as the pro players? It isn’t going to happen overnight, but using the tips below can set you on a path toward longer drives.
- Get the right clubs. You aren’t going to maximize your distance by using a driver that is ill-suited to your swing. Work with a professional club fitter to make sure your driver (and other clubs) are perfectly fit to your swing and body type. Once you have the right club in your hands, you might be surprised how many yards you can add without any other changes.
- Make a full shoulder turn. In a hurry to start their downswing and hit the ball, many amateur golfers rush the backswing and never get their shoulders fully turned. This cuts off the potential for power in the swing, and gives the club less time to accelerate into the ball. By making a full turn, you should be able to add a few miles per hour to your swing speed, which means more yards on the shot.
- Widen your stance. Hitting long drives requires good balance, and good balance is easier achieved from a wider stance. Even just getting your feet a couple extra inches apart can be a big improvement, and you will feel more confident to swing hard and not worry about losing your balance.
There is more to good golf than just long drives. However, it is fun to bomb one down the fairway, and the three tips above should help you get closer to that goal. While you might not ever hit it quite as far as the guys on TV, you should be able to improve your driving distance with a little effort on improving both your swing and your equipment.