How to Drive a Golf Ball Farther
A well-hit drive is a thing of joy. Experienced golfers know that in order for a drive to be successful many
things have to happen, and happen correctly.
It is one thing to hit your drive far. It is another thing to hit
your drive straight. Ambitious golfers want both: far and straight. Accomplishing this goal is something you
For those who may be new to golf, let's discuss these two words briefly.
When we talk about straight in golf, we do not mean the ball travels straight as an arrow. That particular
flight path almost never happens. Most golfers will develop either a fade or a draw for their ball flight path.
Straight in golf lingo means the ball ultimately lands close to where you were aiming.
Far is an elusive word in golf. It means different things to different people. 100 yards might be considered
"far" by some golfers, while others are not happy unless they get 250 or more.
Some Tips to Get the Ball Going Straight and Far:
Look, it doesn't matter if you have muscles the size of Samson's. If you do not set up correctly, your drive is
going to off. Many golfers will simply assume that they are setting up correctly when, in fact, they are not.
Have your local pro take a look at your address. He or she can offer invaluable suggestions to correct any
problems you have with your address.
Many golfers would do well to simply slow down the speed of their driving swing. The power of the drive comes
from the speed of the club head and not from your arm muscles.
Make your backswing slow and concentrated. The key word here is relaxed. The tendency to "whip" the driver back
will only result in poor drives.
When you get to the top of your backswing, pause for a very brief moment. This is a hard habit to master, but it
is an important one. This slight pause allows you to begin the weight shift needed for your downswing.
The shaft on your driver has a certain amount of flex to it. This flex means virtually nothing on the backswing,
and everything on the downswing.
This pause allows the shaft to settle at the top of your backswing, thus making it ready for the downswing flex
it needs to generate club head speed.
Balance is Crucial:
A straight, far drive demands balance. Without control over your balance, your drives will suffer. It is that
Some golfers do not know that they have an issue with their balance because they have spent years compensating
for it. Again, a visit to your local pro will help identify any problems you have.
One of the best ways to combat balance problems goes right back to what we mentioned a moment ago. Slow your
swing down. A slower swing allows your body to maintain its balance better.
The Chicken or The Egg:
You want to hit the ball straight. You want to hit the ball far. Which should you concentrate on first?
Being able to hit the golf ball far is a wonderful
feeling, unless you are slicing or hooking it into the next county. The best advice we can offer is to concentrate
on hitting the ball straight and then worry about distance.
As you practice hitting the ball straight, you will discover if you have a natural fade or a natural draw. This
information is important for when you begin to concentrate on distance.
For now, however, concentrate on hitting the ball to its intended target.
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