If you want to hit longer and straighter drives, you may think you need to swing as fast as a PGA professional. While swing speed is essential to hit drives over 300 yards, you can get the most out of your driver by making the right swing and getting a club that produces optimal results. The following 5 steps will help you hit longer drives that stay in the fairway without spending a single hour in the gym.
Step 1 - Perfect Your Setup Setting up to hit your driver correctly can lead to instant distance gains. Teeing up the golf ball demands that you stand in a way that gets the club face to the golf ball in the proper orientation. You should play the golf ball just inside your front foot. As you stand to the golf ball, allow your trail shoulder to work beneath your forward shoulder. This will create a track for an optimal ball strike. Step 2 - Improve Your Angle of Attack Moving the golf ball forward in your stance and increasing your spinal tilt has already set the groundwork for you to hit up on the golf ball. Hitting up creates a golf shot that launches higher, spins less, and goes farther. Making only the change from hitting down with the driver to hitting up can lead to over 15 yards of distance improvement.
Step 3 - Eliminate a Slice Golf shots that slice or curve significantly away from their intended paths fall well short of their maximum distance. You can increase your driving distance by hitting stronger draws instead of high spinning fades. A draw will not always go farther than a fade, but the conditions that create the draw spin usually produce longer, more penetrating golf shots. Right-handed players will need a swing path that aims to the right of the target, while the club face remains perpendicular to the target. This will cause your golf ball to draw back toward the target. Swing paths aiming left of the target will result in fades or slices that are detrimental to driving distance. Left-handed players should strive for the opposite, a swing path that aims left of the target while the club face remains perpendicular to the target.
Step 4 - Strike the Ball in the Right Place on the Club Face Exactly where the club face impacts the ball determines how the golf ball flies. Shots that are struck lower on the club face launch lower and have more spin. Shots struck slightly above the center will launch higher, spin less and give you the longest drives. While some may think that hitting the ball in the center of the club face is ideal, striking the ball slightly higher on the club face will produce longer carries and more roll.
Step 5 - Get Custom- Fitted Clubs Custom-fit golf clubs, including club head configurations, face angles and loft adjustments, will help you get the most out of your swing. Insufficient loft can lead to lost distance. Distance can be increased by moving the center of gravity nearer the club face or closing the face angle to eliminate a slice. Testing different club head models, shafts, and club settings is the best way to help you hit your best drives. A club that you feel confident and comfortable with will help you strike the ball more consistently and produce better results.
Conclusion If you would rather play golf than work out in the gym, practicing the above tips can give you more distance and straighter shots. No matter what your club head speed, if you are not getting about 2.7 yards for each mph of swing speed, there is room for improvement. Getting a custom-built driver, mastering a high launch, adopting a low- spin set up, and eliminating a slice can lead to your longest shots and lowest scores ever. Be sure to check out our reviews and buying guides to see which golf clubs can help your game the quickest.
About the Authors Tony and Paul Liberatore are a father and son team who are not only best friends but love the game of golf. They created the Golfers Authority to provide unbiased reviews, guides, tips and advice to help golfers improve their games. Tony is also the founder and inventor of the Accuhit, a highly effective golf training aid recognized by many publications, including Golfweek, Golf Tips Magazine and Asian Golf Monthly.