Distance Theory Drill

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Distance Theory Drill
Category: Distance
Sub-Category: Hands, Wrist, Swing Plane, Arms, Practice, Swing Drills

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Distance Theory Drill

This tip is about distance. Of course we are going to use our driver and when we use a driver we want to hit it a long way. Most of us approach this by trying to use our strength and brawn to hit it and the more we try to do that the more the club comes across the ball and is a glancing hit. If you really want to look at getting more distance investigate the reasons how you can make this golf club move faster. Getting your hands on the golf club correctly allows your wrists to hinge properly. Having your hands on there with the right pressure allows the golf clubhead to swing. The hinging of the wrists is responsible for about 50 percent of your total speed potential. We can get your arms to swing on the correct path or the correct arc or the correct circle that is another 20 five percent. Both of those things together are 70 five percent of your total distance potential. I am going to show you a practice drill that if you have juniors this is probably something they should do every single day as part of their practice. Get on your knees and hit some shots with your driver off of your knees. What do I have to be able to hit this a long way with? I still have the correct positioning of my hands on the club, I have the hinging of the wrists, and I have the club and arms swinging around me. So here I have my circle in my swing, I just have made it lower by getting on my knees. Let's take a look at this with a shot. A lot of people think this is not going to go very far but I am going to hit it a long, long way. The ball is still going. The ball went a long way. I did not use a lot of effort. I did not use what is in popular culture is shifting my weight, driving my legs, moving my hips. No, my body moved in support of the swinging motion. I swung the club around my body on the correct arc and that allowed my hands, wrists and arms to do the job of swinging the golf club. Give this a try. I know that feeling these principles and doing this will increase the distance you hit the ball and amaze your friends.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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