Add More Distance to Your Driver by Decreasing Swing Speed

The first thing anyone asks when playing golf is How far can you hit?  In today’s world of golf it seems like power and distance prevails over accuracy. You see long ball hitting contests on TV and announcers only talk about how far Tiger Woods can hit the ball. So you’re tired of telling everyone you can only hit the ball 200 yards. It’s understandable that you want to improve your distance off the tee, after all, the tee shot is the first shot you take and it’s one that everyone will notice.

Contrary to popular physics laws, increased swing speed does not equal increased distance. When I learned how to play, I always followed Newton’s 2nd Law of Physics: acceleration x mass = force. It took me years to realize that the laws of physics don’t apply to golf. Tip number 1 to improving distance off the tee with your driver is to decrease swing speed.

I first want to clarify that when I say decrease swing speed, I mean decrease the take away and the follow through. With a slower swing you leave less room for error because the club is not trying to play catch up with the rest of your body.

Professional golfers average a downward swing speed of over 100 mph, with most at around 110 mph. Tiger Woods swings the club 125 mph. Just because professionals do it, does not mean the average golfer should. They are professionals for a reason.

The typical golfer should maintain a club head speed of just below 100 mph. If you are unsure of your swing speed, you can usually go to a local pro shop and have it measured in a simulator.

After taking a slow back swing and you have the club set at the peak position, it is recommended that you swing the club faster than the backswing, just don’t try to kill the ball. Some of the common problems associated with increased swing speed are:

  • Snapping the wrists
  • Anger

In conclusion, the number 1 Easy Golf Tip for increasing distance off the tee is to slow down your swing speed. I know it sounds ridiculous because it defies the laws of physics, but you have to trust the plan. Practice as often as you can with slowing the swing down. Take 2-3 practice swings before stepping up to the ball. Repeat the exact practice swing on the ball. Don’t try to kill the ball, it didn’t do anything to you.

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Choosing the Right Driver for You

When playing golf it is important to have clubs that fit you. No two people are a like and no two people have the same swing. When choosing the proper driver for your game, there a few things to consider:

  • Club head size
  • Shaft
  • Loft

Club Head Size
There are generally three sizes when it comes to club heads: standard, mid-sized, and over-sized. The drivers you see professionals using on television are classified as over-sized. You won’t find many standard sized drivers built for men. Most 150cc (cubic centimeters) club heads are made for juniors. You can see a picture here. The smaller club head does provide better control, but has a small sweet spot. A mid-sized club head is around 175-225cc. A slightly bigger club than standard will provide added distance while still giving you a lighter club. Over-sized club heads (or what some of us like to call  the big dog) range from 250-500cc. These clubs are massive. They are a bit heavier and harder to control, but the large sweet spot will allow you to make contact from different parts of the club. In my opinion the over-sized club head allows more forgiveness with a bad swing. You can see a picture here.

Shaft
There are two types of shafts in which drivers are made out of: steel and graphite. Most drivers made today are constructed from a graphite shaft. This reduces the overall weight of the club. Another benefit of the graphite shaft is that it is more flexible and absorbs shock. Steel on the other hand, is stronger and more durable. Steel shafts should be used for players who need extra control off the tee. In general, you will pay more for a graphite shafted club.

The flexibility of a shaft is also important when choosing a club. Flex is the amount of bend in a club. The two main types of flex are regular and stiff. A regular shaft is recommended for beginners and players with slower swing speeds. A stiff shaft won’t have as much forgiveness but will generate more power. A stiff shaft is recommended for advanced players with a quicker swing speed.

Loft
Every driver also comes with a specific loft of the club face. The higher the loft degree, the more control you will have, but you will sacrifice distance. The recommended loft degrees are as follows:

  • Slow swing – 10.5-12 degree loft
  • Average swing – 9.5-10.5 degree loft
  • Fast swing – 8-9.5 degree loft
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Improving Accuracy with the Proper Grip

In the following Easy Golf Tip, we will discuss how a proper grip can improve your driving accuracy. By properly placing your hands on the golf club grip, it will be easier for you to control the club. In order for you to maintain power and control in a golf swing, you must rotate the club to the same degree that you rotate the body. This means you need a relaxed grip. Do not strangle the club to death.

It is hard to describe the perfect grip using words so I have incorporated the following pictures to help demonstrate where to place the club in your hands.

  • The top hand The dots represent the position the club should take in your left hand

    The top hand The dots represent the position the club should take in your left hand

    Tips

  • Place the left thumb on the backside of the shaft. Club head should be square to target

    Place the left thumb on the backside of the shaft. Club head should be square to target

    The bottom hand

    The bottom hand

    Place club on first knuckle of the right index finger

    Place club on first knuckle of the right index finger

    Left thumb should tuck into the lifeline of your right palm

    Left thumb should tuck into the lifeline of your right palm

    Check the V's. They should point to your right shoulder.

    Check the V's. They should point to your right shoulder.

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Add More Distance to Your Driver by Rotating Your Hips More



A common misconception in golf is that power comes from the hands or swing speed. This could not be firth from the truth. The following Easy Golf Tip will help you improve your distance with the driver by rotating your body.

Torque is defined as a turning or twisted force. This is what we want the body to do in a proper golf swing. You can probably notice that elderly golfers can not rotate their body as much as a younger golfer. This directly results in a decrease in power and distance. All the power from your swing comes from your legs, not the arms. By creating more torque, you will create more power.

I am going to use the following picture as a guide on how to build the perfect rotation for your swing.

Golf Tips to Improve Your Driving Accuracy and Distance

Golf Tips to Improve Your Driving Accuracy and Distance

Notice in step one the right shoulder is pointed straight down at the target. The head is down and the club is almost parallel to the target. You want to see your belt buckle pointed away from the target during your rotation.

In step two you will notice the hips starting to rotate back towards the target. The head remains behind the ball as the hips rotate. Staying behind the ball will deliver more power upon contact.

In step three, the belt buckle is almost square to the ball.

Step four is the most important part of the rotation process, this is called the follow through. Notice the belt buckle pointing directly at the target. This is crucial for the follow through. There are two ways to practice the follow through:

  • Line up to the ball without a club and take your stance. Grab your right hip bone with your left hand. Now take a swinging motion and grab your right hip a pull it towards your target until the belt buckle faces the target. Practicing this will help your body remember to fully rotate towards the target in the follow through.
  • Another example to practice this is to take your stance at a ball and put your hands together (palm to palm) where you would normally hold the club. Take a back swing and follow through. At the end of the follow through, pretend you are going to shake someone’s hand with your right hand (for right handed golfers). You want to reach out and extend your right arm on the follow through.

For more tips on how to improve your driving accuracy or distance, check more postings here.

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This will show you how to add 20, 30 or 50 more yards to your drives (Step by step)

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How To Master The Golf Irons! At Last You Can Master Your Iron Play

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