How to Add 30-50 Yards to Your Drives
For many recreational golfers, hitting a long drive is rooted more in wishful thinking than anything else.
Today, I have some useful tips to help you get more distance off the tee.
In fact, some of you may get as much as 30-50 more yards by applying these techniques.
One thing to keep in mind, however, as we learn to add some yards to our drives is that the longest possible golf drive is not always the best shot choice.
If you have a long, straight fairway big distance is important and useful. But, if you are faced with a dogleg
or other type of challenge off the tee, consider using distance control as a strategy.
To get more distance off the tee:
Tip 1: Slow and Smooth Carries the Ball
One of the most common mistakes you see on all golf courses when players are trying to get more distance is the
"rushed" golf swing, for lack of a better word.
The common logic behind this is if one wants to get more distance, one only need hit the ball harder, which
means swinging the club faster than normal. The logic is simple, but it is also flawed.
It is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between a player who has perfected faster club head
speed through practice and a player who is "rushing" his or her swing to get some added yards.
It is the latter we are discussing today.
When you hurry your swing, you throw off your entire golf swing
rhythm. This is especially noticeable at the top of your backswing, also known as the transition point.
Rushing the backswing causes you to unwind too fast as you begin your downswing. This improper action results in
all sorts of mishaps, including lost yardage.
The key element to overcoming this fault is to slow down at the top of the backswing, even stop for a second,
and then transition into the downswing smoothly. This allows your core to unwind naturally, increases club
head speed, and makes for a much more solid hit on the ball.
Tip 2: Avoid Over-Grip
It is almost second-nature for us to want to grip the club tighter when we know we want to get maximum power out
of our drivers. This is a yardage killer.
A long drive requires that your muscles and joints be loose and relaxed. This includes your hands, wrists, and
fingers. All of these body parts must be able to move, cock, rotate, etc throughout the swing. Once you start
strangling that club in your hands, you lose much of this flexibility, before you even begin.
When you address the ball, concentrate on a light grip. This is crucial during your downswing as well. This one
tip alone can add several yards to your drive right now.
Tip 3: Extension
What I mean by this is extension on your backswing. Keep in mind that your backswing sets up your downswing. You
want to increase the arc you create during your downswing so as to give the club more time and distance to increase
its speed before impact.
Try this drill to improve your extension: Using your driver, set up as normal, and in slow motion begin your
backswing. Pay attention to your leading arm (left arm for right handed golfers). Is it straight and locked into
position? The answer should be yes.
Do several practice swings with your driver and concentrate on maintaining a straight arm until you get to the
top of your backswing.
Try these tips next time you hit the practice range and keep track of how much farther you are now hitting your
drives. You should see some nice results quickly.
For a more detailed guide to adding distance to your drive, I recommend you check out the Golf Swing Book by