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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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.

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