Easy Golf Drills to Help You Hit Longer Drives
It is one thing to be able to hit the ball down the fairway with most of your tee shots – but it is something else entirely to be able to hit those drives a long distance down the fairway. Having the combination of straight and long drives is a powerful one that can lead to lower scores, but few golfers are able to attain this goal. Working on both your distance and accuracy is the best way to actually put your ball in a better position and make your approach shots easier.
To squeeze a few extra yards out of your drives during your next round, try putting the following tips to use –
- Slow it down. It might be counterintuitive, but you actually need to slow down parts of your swing in order to achieve more speed through impact. Try slowing down your takeaway and building speed gradually through your swing until you maximize it right when you reach the ball. It is especially important to keep your transition slow and smooth so all of the pieces of your swing can come together properly.
- Make more room. You can actually generate a little bit more speed in your swing just by backing up from the golf ball by a few inches. Simply by standing farther away from the ball, you will have more room in the swing to generate speed, and you will also promote a flatter swing plane – perfect for creating power. Making this change requires some practice, however, so don’t just try this technique in the middle of a round. Practice on the driving range before you make this kind of adjustment on the course.
- Tee it higher. Almost every player who hits it long off the tee likes to tee the ball up relatively high so they can hit up through impact and launch the ball high into the air with a lower spin rate. If you tee the ball lower, you can still get it high into the air, but you will have too much backspin on the ball to achieve long distances. Just like with the previous tip, it can take some practice to become comfortable with a higher tee position. Work on this during your practice sessions and you should soon find that your drives are staying in the air longer and reaching longer distances than ever before.