An Easy Way to Hit the Golf Ball Farther

By John Elliott, Jr.

As you know golf is a game of distance and direction. The bad news is that most people associate their driver with distance and their putter with direction. No, they are both distance and direction. Now I am going to talk to you about how to gain more distance with your putter, nah, I’m not really going to do that. I am going to talk to you about how to hit your driver a little farther. It is not just your driver; it is your whole game where you want to put more distance in your golf ball.

The #1 Secret to Get More Distance in Golf

The simplest way to do that is to hit the ball more in the center of the clubface more often. Every time you hit it towards the toe, towards the heel, towards the top or towards the bottom of the club, you are not only losing distance, you are losing direction. Now what causes those mis-hits, and many times it is simply a misidentification of impact. What is impact, well that is the compression of the face of the club meeting the ball and the position that the face of that club is in.

Too many of us when we hit the golf ball, our hands, wrists and arms are in a position where the hands are behind the face. When the hands are behind the face at impact and the hands are towards the rear leg, the face of the club is going to be wide open and you are not going to have much power.

Forward Leaning Shaft at Impact

To have more power like the Tour players that you admire so much, what you need to do is learn how to have a forward leaning shaft at impact. Even with a driver a forward leaning shaft. Backward leaning in its simplicity does one thing to the club, look at it, it adds loft to the face. So my nine and a half degree driver now has somewhere around fifteen or sixteen degrees of loft, so the ball is going to go way up here but it is not going to go very far.

Watch the difference when the face arrives in this position, where the shaft is in front of the head, now that nine and a half might be seven, or seven and a half. So the ball will take off lower and travel farther because I have the ability to deloft the clubface through the ball. You say, "How do you do that?" One thing we want to understand is that the hand position at address is not the same as the hand position at impact.

Correct Wrist Position for More Distance

Let me give you an illustration. When I grip the golf club there is a small indentation in my lead wrist. But when I hit the golf ball that indentation should flatten out. Now your question will be "How does that happen?" Well it does not happen at impact, it happens at the top of the backswing. The indentation in the left wrist that we have at address, by virtue of our wrist cock, if it is correct, takes the indentation right out of the wrist. So now I have a flat left wrist at the top, a flat left wrist at the top produces a forward leaning shaft at the bottom.

And a forward leaning shaft, as you just heard, delofts the clubface which increases the distance. So for all of you that are hitting your irons and/or your woods, and you are hitting the ground behind the ball, you are losing distance not in feet but in yards, tons of yards, because you are losing the angle and you are not hitting the ball squarely.


So again, remember, the position of your lead hand at address, and the position of your lead hand at the top are different. But the position of that lead hand at the top and the position of the lead hand, my left, at impact, are one and the same. That will deloft the club, making the ball go considerably further. Learn more about that by studying, reading, watching more videos, but address and impact are not the same. When they are you are not going to like what the ball does. It won’t go very far. Good luck with that. That’s a tough one, but good luck with it.

Category: Distance
Sub Categories: Hands, Impact, Wrist

About the Instructor

John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.