How to Max Out at Impact

By Steve Silverman

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Hitting the ball hard and watching it whistle down the fairway at a distance approaching 300 yards is the dream of many golfers, especially when they are just starting out. Medium- and low-handicappers know that there is much more to golf than swinging hard and getting maximum distance from their shot. However, every once in a while a golfer is faced with circumstances that require maximum distance and a powerful swing.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Assess your situation on the golf course. If you are tied or one stroke down going into the 17th or 18th hole, you may want to consider hitting the ball as hard as possible and getting the maximum distance out of your shot. You don't want to do this too frequently because the harder you swing, the greater the chance you will make an error.
  2. Adjust your stance for maximum power. Widen your stance 2 or 3 inches. While this will feel awkward at first, it gives you the opportunity to make a strong weight shift and this leads to maximum power.
  3. Do not increase the speed of your backswing. You want to take the club back as you normally would with a full hip turn. However, you should turn your hips through the ball with as much speed and power as you can generate on the downswing.
  4. Bring your hands and arms down with power and speed while maintaining eye contact with the back of the ball. When a long shot is required, golfers have the tendency to pick up their heads. Losing eye contact with the ball often results in a mishit.
  5. Finish your swing with your arms up high. You want to catch the ball just as you are beginning your upswing. Finishing with your hands and arms high will help you get maximum height, rotation and distance on your shot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pick your spots carefully. You don't want to swing too hard on every shot---just when you need it. Once or twice a round would be a lot.

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.