How to Hit a Golf Ball Far?


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Lets admit it. We all want to hit the ball further. Whether you are an up and comer in the golf world or in your eighties. The long ball has a mystical allure that will get you sooner or later. But aside from being the talk of the club-house, being able to hit the ball further can make golf a much more enjoyable and easier game to play. Just look at Bryson, he is turning most par 5s into par 4s. If you can increase your drive by 30 or 40 yards it can mean the difference between hitting your second shot with a pitching wedge or a 6 iron. This will allow you to have much greater accuracy and improve your greens in regulation. Here are 5 tips to improve your distance on the golf course.

1. Get Fitted

While I don’t think that golf equipment makes drastic improvements year over year and it is mostly just marketing by the big companies, I do think it is vitally important that you get fitted. This becomes especially important if your equipment is over 5 years old. While golf equipment isn’t making large improvements year over year, if you are using old equipment than you are definitely missing out on some of the new technological advancements over the last 5 years. In addition getting fitted will ensure that your golf clubs are suited to your golf swing. In general if you have a slower club head speed you may benefit from a senior flex shaft which will be lighter and allow you to swing faster. Conversely if you have very fast club head speed you may need a stiff flex or x-tra stiff flex shaft. If your golf clubs don’t match your body and swing type you will be fighting a losing battle and will never reach the maximum distance you have the potential to.

2. Get Lessons

This might sound quite obvious but I can’t tell you how many golfers refuse to get golf lessons and have been playing for years without ever getting a lesson. They will spend thousands of dollars on golf clubs and at the clubhouse but refuse to fork over a hundred dollars or less for a lesson with a PGA pro. One simple lesson may be all you need to get on the right track to hitting the ball straighter and further. Multiple lessons will likely be even better and will be a huge boon for your golf game in the long run. Try to find a reputable golf pro who is willing to listen to your goals.

3. improve Flexibility

As we age we tend to lose our flexibility. If you lack the proper flexibility you will never be able to develop the proper leverage and length in your backswing. Go watch any of the long drive competitors and you will notice that they all have incredible flexibility and are able to achieve some ridiculously long backswings. To do this they must have excellent flexibility in their thoracic spine, hips, and shoulders. While this is especially important for the aging golfer younger golfers will also need to ensure they maintain their flexibility if they wish to stay competitive. Of special importance is for the golfer who is also weight training and looking to add strength and muscle. If you go just lift weights for an offseason with no flexibility training than you will be extremely tight when the season rolls around. This might even have a worse impact on your distance than if you hadn’t done any weight training at all. Now as you will see below I am a huge advocate of strength training with the added caveat that you must continue to swing a golf club and work on your flexibility and mobility.

4. Improve strength

Man performing rope strength workout

Gone are the days where you can rise to the PGA tour without paying attention to your fitness level. With the likes of Bryson Dechambeau demonstrating just how beneficial hitting the gym and gaining strength can be. Improving your strength can have a drastic effect on your club head speed so long as you are able to maintain your flexibility. A solid strength/weight training routine should be a part of every golfers routine whether you are in high school or a senior golfer. Another added benefit of strength training is you will typically gain some muscle mass which will improve how much weight you have behind the ball and may be another small but noticeable contributor to increasing your ball speed. Strength training should focus more on the strength side with repetitions typically in the 5 to 8 repetitions range and at times will be appropriate to be under 5 repetitions. I will write a more in depth article on strength training for golf as it requires much more detailed explanation. Don’t forget the importance of getting in enough protein if you are weight training as it is crucial in helping to rebuild your muscles. Here is an article Do you need Protein for Golf? on the importance of protein for the golfer.

5. Speed Training

So, you’ve got new golf clubs, have had some lessons, have been hitting the gym, and are as flexible as a gymnast. That is all fine and dandy but you still need to train your body to swing fast. You can have all the strength in the world but if your not training your neuromuscular system to swing quickly and powerfully you might as well not have gone through all that effort in the first place. To tie everything together you should have dedicated sessions at the driving range or if you are able a golf simulator where you are focusing on one thing and one thing only- Hitting the ball as far as you can. Now you may need to start off slow and perhaps only hit 10 or 15 balls. This can be very exhausting for someone if they have never tried to hit at 100% potential before. Always stop if you have any pain or discomfort as continuing to push through the pain could lead to injury. As your body becomes more adapted to speed training and it is able to tolerate harder and longer sessions you can increase how many balls you hit in a session.

Summary

This list is by no means exhausting, but if you follow these 5 steps and include them in your golf routine you will definitely reap the benefits and be hitting the ball further. While you can start by doing one or a couple of these items to get the most benefit try and do all 5. Hopefully you can incorporate these into your golf routine and be hitting the ball further the next time your out on the course.

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2 years ago

Would olympic weight lifting be beneficial for younger golfers? It seems that the power developed would help and I heard that Tiger Woods used to do olympic lifting.

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Would olympic weight lifting be beneficial for younger golfers? It seems that the power developed would help and I heard that Tiger Woods used to do olympic lifting.

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