How to Hit a Golf Ball Further

By Steve Silverman

Hitting a golf ball consistently is the goal of nearly every golfer who picks up a club. Building a repeatable swing is the first step in putting low numbers on the scorecard. However, once a player has grown confident in his swing, the next step is starting to add distance. There are several changes a golfer can make to his swing to add distance.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Turn your top hand a few degrees inward so that the knuckles of your left hand will be facing the target. This will give you the ability to drive through the ball. Instead of gripping the club at a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10, move that number up to 6 as you swing the club with a bit more force. This grip would be like holding a tube of toothpaste and squeezing a bit of it out.
Step 2
Change your angle of attack to get more distance. Instead of the up-and-down motion of the backswing, downswing and followthrough, make it more of a circular or round motion. You are going to come at the ball with a flatter angle. You will take the club to the side more instead of over the top of the shoulder.

Concentrate on a long, smooth swing with increased clubhead speed. Increasing clubhead speed is essential to increasing distance.
Step 3
Stay conscious of your weight transfer during the swing process. As you hit the top of your backswing, 90 percent of your weight should be on your rear leg. After you drive through the hitting zone rotating your hips and hands, 90 percent of your weight should be on your front leg. This will help to give more power to your swing by allowing your momentum to help you through the ball. The motion will increase the speed of your clubhead and will create easier, longer shots.
Step 4
Keep your left arm straight. This is essential every time you swing the golf club, but especially when you are trying to add extra distance. The straighter you can keep your left arm, the longer your club will travel in order to get to the ball. A longer swing means more distance on your shot.
Step 5
Finish the shot strong with your right hand. Snap your right wrist emphatically on impact. This can give you extra club head speed which can result in an extra 10 to 20 yards off the tee.

Finish the swing up high - your hands should be at shoulder level - in order to hit the ball with increased distance.

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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