Adding distance to your game is one of the great dreams of most golfers. Unfortunately, it can also be a curse. Some very strong players can regularly hit the ball 250 to 260 yards down the middle, hit good approach shots are sharp around the green and can putt well. But even though they may be scoring the high 70s or low 80s, they are not happy. They want more distance and will go to any lengths to get it. One of the things they can do is use a 48-inch driver.
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Go to the driving range to test out a 48-inch driver. If you have never used one, you can probably find one at the driving range or the pro shop may have one that they are willing to lend. The 48-inch driver is 3 inches longer than standard. It will give you more distance, but it requires a faster swing than you need with a standard driver.
Take your normal stance as you address the ball. Pick up the 48-inch driver and see that you are actually quite cramped at the tee box because of the added length of the club. Now step back 3 inches and make sure you are square to the target.
Draw your club and begin your backswing as normal. You will need to add increased speed, but that does not happen until you are coming through the ball. Throw your hips through the ball and make sure your head stays down. Your hands will follow and try to increase the speed in your swing as you are approaching your hips with your hands. The extra speed will help the club's hitting surface get to a perpendicular position with the ball at impact.
Finish your swing as high as possible. Do not let your hands stop at chest or shoulder level as they might with a conventional driver. Finish high so the club has the necessary speed to execute the drive.
Keep your head down as long as possible. Picking up your head to see what kind of distance you got with your 48-inch driver will slow down the swing. Let your playing partners admire how good your shot is. You need to keep your head down.
Tips & Warnings
Get used to the 48-inch driver on the practice range before playing with it in a match or tournament.
If you can hit the ball straight consistently, you are way ahead in the battle. Reconsider the purchase of a long driver if you can keep it in the fairway.