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How To Add 20 Yards to All Your Drives Within 30 Days

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As you probably already know, one of the fastest ways to add 20 yards (or more) to your drives is to move up to the bigger 460 cc drivers.

Over the last several years, driver heads and weights have been increasing. Currently, the USPGA has put a limit on drivers of 460 cc. So, for the time being, this is the largest driver you can use legally.

While these monster drivers can certainly result in longer drives, they have some unique characteristics that must be learned. To get the maximum effect, you have to spend significant time practicing with them, and perhaps even change your thinking about ball flight in general.

When a ball is hit correctly with a bigger driver, the golf ball spins less, causing it to go higher than usual. The combination of high launch, along with less spin, causes the ball to travel farther.

The trick is to get enough ball spin to create lift, while at the same time eliminating as much drag as possible.

Here are four very useful tips for using that new driver:

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The Ball Must Be Teed Higher:

Older drivers normally required the ball to be teed up, putting the top of the driver about midway up the golf ball. For these bigger drivers, you need to tee the ball so the top of the driver is about 1/3 up the ball.

As you know, the standard tee is only 2 1/8-inches long. When you buy a 460 cc driver, make sure to buy some longer tees as well. You'll need at least 3 inches, or a little longer if you can find them.

Change Your Stance:

A common mistake is trying to keep your old stance at address. For the bigger drivers, it is important to move the ball forward in your address stance. For right-handed golfers, this means moving it more towards your left foot.

With the smaller drivers, we were all taught to play the ball off the left heel, which is appropriate for those driver heads. But for the bigger ones, we need to hit the ball on the upswing, and the best way to do that is to move the stance forward a bit.

In addition to increasing the launch angle, hitting the ball on the upswing also decreases the ball's spin rate. For some players, moving the ball forward might mean playing the ball off the big toe, and for other players it might mean moving the ball outside the left foot altogether.

The only way you will determine your ideal ball position is to get to the range and experiment.

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Train Yourself to Hit the Center of the Driver Face:

Here is a quick test to see if you need to retrain yourself.

Tee up a ball and take your address position. Stretch your arms out, noticing where the face of the driver is in relation to the golf ball. This is most likely where the face will strike the ball.

With the new drivers, you may see find that your strike zone is the hosel or the heel of the club -- bad news on both counts. If so, take a slight step back and do the test again. Keep moving back until you have the proper ball-to-face alignment.

Hit the Golf Ball on the Upswing:

Learning to hit on the upswing is crucial to getting those added yards with your new driver.

For many of us, this is easier said than done. If you are still hitting your new driver on the apex of the downswing, you won't get the boost in yardage.

When you learn to hit on the upswing, you will get a higher launch angle and lower spin rate, the equation for longer distance.

After you buy your new driver, give yourself 30 days to fine-tune its use. Once you get comfortable with it, your drives will improve.

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For the #1 rated golf eBook guaranteed to help add distance to your drives (and more), check out The Golf Swing book:

http://golftipsandlessons.com/LongDistance.html

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