How to Drive a Golf Ball Further

By Steve Silverman

Trying to hit a golf ball further off the tee is the dream of many golfers. Unfortunately, it is one of the most difficult things to do in the game. Golfers know that if they can increase clubhead speed at impact, the ball will fly for a longer distance. However, trying to get more distance makes a golfer prone to make mistakes--and that's what must be avoided.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Address the ball as you normally would, with your left shoulder facing the target and your left foot directly under the shoulder. Now turn your left foot slightly toward the target. The angle of your left foot should approach 45 degrees.
Step 2
Make sure your grip is firm, but not too tight. When you are trying to add more distance, most golfers will try to grip the club harder so they can hit it harder. Most golf pros recommend that your grip should be no more than a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10, even when you are trying to add distance to your shots.
Step 3
Bring the club back at a normal pace as you begin your backswing. You are going to have to eventually increase the pace of your swing, but not at the start. If you rush your backswing, your swing will almost certainly lose its timing and you won't be able to hit the ball the distance you are hoping.
Step 4
Bring your hips through the ball with greater speed than normal as you reach the apex of your backswing and begin your downswing. Once your hips get through the ball, your hands will follow at the same speed. This will give you the distance you are hoping to get.
Step 5
Keep your head down until you have finished your swing. Many players will ruin their effort by picking up their heads prior to finishing their swing. It's only natural to want to follow your shot, but picking up your head will change the angle of impact the clubhead makes with the ball. Stay down and keep your eye on the ball.

Tips & Warnings

Practice swinging harder when you are at the driving range. It takes practice to get the timing down correctly.
Don't get in the habit of trying to hit the ball further than normal. Take your normal swing at least 95 percent of the time.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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