Golf Tips - How to Regain Distance on Your Drive

By Tom Ward

When golfers start losing distance, it's only natural to try to hit harder or swing faster. But this is the opposite of what we should be doing. It will be a waste of Power. We should swing with less effort. One of the hardest things for a player is to learn to pace their swings.

As the old saying goes, "You must feel the force before you can force the feel". The correct feel for force starts with the motion of the lower body (feet & legs). The feet control the force of the lower body. The motion then works on up to a free arm swing with a full turn. There will be little feel for this motion if the grip pressure is too tight. A tight grip builds up tension in the arms and shoulders. Proper grip pressure creates a sense of timing, allowing the body to have a smooth flowing motion from start to finish, not a series of abrupt actions.

Don't misunderstand me. I am not saying you will have a relaxed swing. You cannot stay completely relaxed and free from all tension. In fact, the weight of the club swinging will create a slight tension. Tension is the biggest robber of motion!

So to start regaining distance: Don't be power oriented. Seek the knowledge of my 5 simple body actions which will swing the club in the best plane for that individual to strike the ball in dead center of the clubface. For example: Many swings that travel over 100 miles an hour get less distance than a swing at 85 miles a hour. Why? The 85 mph was hit on the sweet spot. The over 100 missed the sweet spot by a fraction. Speed doesn't mean much if the contact if off-center. *





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