Regardless of playing level, all golfers are looking for golf swing drills that can drive the ball farther, deep down the course.
With the several elements at play during any golf swing, players have limitless options in regards to potential adjustments in their game.
Of these adjustments, we’ve found the following to be the most advantageous concerning hitting the ball farther in general.
Whenever anyone tells a golfer they have the secret to hitting the ball deeper, folks notice a level of skepticism clouds the minds of many players, as several people have promised such results with an inability to deliver.
With the advent of easy access to streaming video, golf instructors and coaches are held to their word in a show and prove mentality that has permeated across the internet.
The drills and tips we provide through our online library of golf instruction has hundreds of hours featuring our coaches and students putting their money where their mouth sits, showcasing the fruits of these practical golf swing drills.
At square one, many golfers find immediate improvement in the depth of their drives through adjusting the way they grip their golf club.
By simply adjusting their knuckles slightly inside in the direction of the target, players have encountered a marked improvement in their ability to drive through the golf ball at the point of impact.
Excessive squeezing on the grip will likely cause more detriment than improvement, leading many to use the analogy of holding a toothpaste tube in relation to how hard we grip the golf club.
Some of the smallest golfers in the world have driven the ball much farther than huskier players due to their strong utilization of hip rotation.
At the start of the downswing, players pull their golf club with their hips through the swing, instead of using arm strength to push it.
Proper weight distribution during the mechanics of a golf swing cannot be stressed enough.
60% of our entire body weight must sit on our back leg through our backswing.
Failing to appropriately transfer our weight during the golf swing will result in an imbalanced shot that falls short of target.
Golfers are encouraged to make the needed adjustments in their swing and experiment with the results.
Not every adjustment will translate into results for every golfer, as players must tap into their own strengths and underplay their shortcomings as strongly as possible.
Once a golfer can comfortably achieve their desired distance through experimentation with swing adjustments, they will obviously know what works for them.
You can send a golf ball flying much deeper than 300 yards, but without control - this feat may do much more harm than any good for the golfer.
When trying to send the ball flying down the fairway, many players sacrifice their core golf swing fundamentals in favor of achieving a further distance than usual.
Oddly enough, strong fundamentals are chief method for achieving enhanced driving distance on the golf course.
Believe it or not, the numerous books, videos, and articles on the subject of hitting the ball farther hold no magic or secrets to getting the job done.
The only way to add distance to our drives comes from hours of practice and dedication on the course and at the driving range.
Experimentation with our golf swing fundamentals and applying proven drills during this time will show us a clear picture of where we are as golfers.
Once a player understands how they measure up in any degree they can then make the needed adjustments to advance beyond their currently playing level into their desired level of play.
If you told a room full of golfers to stand up if they wanted to add a power boost to their golf swings, you would have ZERO use for chairs in that room
Needless to say, many players new and familiar with the game have a deeply vested interest in adding strength to the impact of their golf swings.
There are several adjustments and tweaks to any golfer’s game that can be made in the interest of gaining a more powerful golf swing.
Several tips and drills have been authored and compiled by coaches and PGA Tour Pros who have first hand knowledge of increasing the effectiveness and dominance of their golf swing.
With a light grip on the golf club, a golfer should relax their arms to reduce tension in their muscles.
Hands and arms that experience tense muscles often cause a drastic reduction in the speed of our golf swing.
Typically golfers reference a 10 point scale in regards to the firmness of their grip, with 10 being most firm and 1 being the least firm.
Ideally, most golfers find the best results with swing styles that utilize a grip somewhere in the middle of the 10 point scale.
Golfers looking to expand their swing strength can do so through widening the arc taken during their golf swing.
Extending the golf club completely away from our body during the backswing, golfers should aim to perform this adjustment with little to no head movement through the process.
Once you’ve entered the downswing, roll your ankles towards the target line with the left heel planted in position.
Your knees will be pulled in a parallel direction together as your feet lead the way through the downswing.
This adjustment also improves hip rotation in regards to power and form, which also translate to generating increased strength for our overall swing.
During our downswing, the wrists should remain locked until immediately before the golf club strikes the golf ball.
Our golf swing benefits from an increase in power when the golfer intends to fully extend their arms after impacting the golf ball, an adjustment that must be anticipated prior to execution.
Often neglected by some, corrective adjustments to our golf stance during the setup of our swing generates additional power when done properly.
With your right foot leading in front of your left (opposite for lefty golfers), the distance ahead should not be huge but noticeable.
Rotating our right foot slightly outside also provides additional support during the swing.
Tweaking these minor aspects of our swing stance at setup naturally expand our body coil through the motion of our backswing.
Next, we rotate our left foot outward 45 degrees to open up our swing stance at the address position.
The motion in turning our left foot will allow our hips to quickly uncoil, which increases the power of our downswing.
Commonly the source of a weakened swing, be sure to apply extra pressure from the inner portion of your right leg into the turf.
Throughout the entire motion of our golf swing, maintaining balanced weight on the balls of our feet ensures a strong, powerful result.
Failing to equally shift our body weight between our feet, specifically on our toes or heels, results in an imbalance that weakens our entire golf swing.
Several golf instructors have begun conducting drills with their students to increase the power of their golf swings through very unconventional means.
Many players have found value in medicine ball exercises, swinging a bare golf club shaft, use of resistance bands, and adding weighted objects to their clubs for increasing power.
Though their methods may not be the prettiest things to look at, these unorthodox golf drills have assisted many golfers in adding loads of strength to their swings.
Great golfers were not born overnight, so we cannot expect to see positive changes in our golf swings unless we’re willing to map out our success before picking up a club.
From choosing the best club that suits your abilities, to practicing on the course with clear goals, many golfers will find that success starts before they ever address the ball.
Every golfer wants to add speed to their game.
Many players find that what they’re not doing often has more impact than what they’re trying to do in regards to increasing their swing speed.
I’ve compiled my top 5 swing tips for mega speed:
These 5 swing tips can easily be put into practice next time you hit the driving range.
If you’ve watch closely during an PGA tour event, you’ve surely noticed that many golfers rip the ground apart with their cleats.
This practice usually works to their own detriment in concerning their swing speed.
Matthew Wolf, a serial offender of this habit in the PGA, can be found moving his tee box mat all over the place because he digs too deep into the ground.
Gripping the ground correctly provides a speed boost that most players neglect, because they’re too busy ripping it to shreds
While I’m not advocating violence, moving your body into an uppercut motion will provide the external turn needed to use the ground for speed.
Even if you’ve never thrown an uppercut (hopefully you haven’t), this natural motion utilizes the ground in an upward motion, culminating in additional power upon impact.
The first step to this drill begins with squaring up your clubface
While standing straight up and down, square your shoulders up to your backline
Immediately after striking the golf ball, extend your arms into the Y position at 45 degrees
When setting up your golf stance for this drill, come to the top while positioning your head centered to your body
Most golfers keep their shoulders leveled out, so when rotating their bodies 30 degrees, their left shoulder appears to be slightly higher.
Make sure that your lead knee has not overextended forward and level off your posture.
Leveling off our posture will ensure that our shoulders remain parallel for the entire motion of our swing
When coaching my more novice golfers, I ask them to imagine that their arms are wings.
While extending their arms in a wingspan fashion, they’re able to shorten their angles as such that the golf club does not collide with their imaginary wings in motion.
This golf drill helps players get their shoulders below 26 degrees, the average level for most players.
An angle in the range of 21 degrees will drastically increase speed and improve your overall swing.
When executed correctly, an effective golf swing will be as natural as moving your hips and throwing your arms - as exhibited in popular medicine ball exercises.
While turning your upper body as to throw a medicine ball, the club will impact the golf ball in natural motion, following a straight flight path in the process.
I like to practice this exercise with my student by tossing a basket back and forth to each other.
While some of my students may feel silly doing this, the end result shows an immediate increase in their overall golf swing speed.
Letting your chest and hips turn naturally into the ball will produce a powerful impact without forcing the motion.
Much of Rory’s game centers on going against the grain and developing alternative techniques in contrast to tried and trued methods in golf.
Rory achieves remarkable speed through swinging lower than most golfers, typically by 6 inches.
While swinging lower than most other players, Rory compensates by hitting back up three inches on his upswing.
These out of the box swing adjustments creates increased speed through harnessed upward motion.
By staying level during their entire swing, most players add a considerable amount of loft.
When keeping our dynamic loft low, our body’s natural rotation creates more speed than would be present with an increased level of loft.
Reducing the level of loft on our swing creates natural parametric acceleration, naturally adding speed in the process.
By driving your left shoulder upward, speed increases as the club naturally extends in motion.
Delofting your golf swing will always outperform speed, as a lower dynamic loft with less speed will hit the ball farther than a high dynamic loft swing with more speed.
Sometimes forgotten by even the most studied golfer, the swing path our golf club travels into the golf ball bears much of the burden when aiming to create effective golf shots.
The direction that our golf swing takes, also referred to as our swing path, weighs heavily on the end result of our golf shot as it determines the direction the ball will take during its flight path.
With the multitude of elements that comprise a properly executed golf swing, one may believe that being slightly off on our swing path has only a slight effect on the overall success of the shot.
Unlike several element that have smaller influence over our swings, the swing path determines the direction in which our golf ball will travel, placing a huge importance on ensuring that we swing in the correct direction in order to send the ball to our intended target.
Because of the multitude of factors that have influence over the success of our golf swing, becoming fixated with setting up our club at the right angle may do more harm than good.
In any event, understanding the vast influence our swing path has will put in perspective ways to ensure you’re hitting the ball as correctly as possible.
Even if you’ve already performed a drill or worked with an instructor to determine the direction of your swing path, experts recommend reaffirming our execution through the mastery of a very simple practice drill.
Using a spare or rarely used club, place an alignment tool to the end of the club, then place any two golf clubs in line with the target on the ground.
After establishing your normal golf swing setup, bring your golf club back slowly.
You should find that when halfway through the backswing, your golf club should be in line with the clubs guiding your swing on the ground.
Proceed through the remainder of the backswing, ensuring that the end of the golf club aims towards the grounded golf clubs just as you’ve reached the top of the backswing, and proceed to take the downswing.
At the midpoint of our downswing, our alignment tool should line up with the shafts of the golf clubs that are guiding the swing on the ground.
While this drill does not act as a means to create swing path perfection, it assists golfers in identifying periodic inconsistencies in their swings, which will allow golfers to correct such imperfections and increase the overall accuracy of their golf shots.
While maintaining a favorable position will allow most golfers to execute a desirable, proper golf swing, the same can be said for establishing a correct swing path.
The swing path that our golf swing follows often depends on corrective alignment and posture of our bodies, which allow us to aim nearly perfectly on target.
These same elements will also assist in maintaining the initial swing path your clubs takes with little to no unintended adjustments.
Players have also recognized that a firm neutral grip on their golf clubs allows for increase flexibility while taking the club along their intended swing path, maintaining their desired line throughout.
Balancing our bodies in motion will prohibit the occurrence of excessive shoulder movement and lean, which would throw off the direction of our desired swing path.
Establishing our takeaway correctly will often ensure that our swing path conforms to our desired direction immediately.
Utilizing what many golfers refer to as a one piece takeaway allows our arms to assume the correct swing path, with the needed power to maintain positioning into the top of our backswing.
Once we’ve reached the point of impact in our golf swing, the most difficult parts of our job have already been completed successfully.
Very few things that we do from this step further will have much influence over altering our intended swing path, outside of completely pulling the club with our hands through a last minute grip adjustment.
Maintaining a square clubface while traveling our intended line through to impact, we have developed the optimal environment for our swing path to connect and produce the desired results.
With all attention pointed towards sending the ball to our target, the probability of damaging our swing path will be drastically minimized with only the most impressive golf shots soon to follow.
Golfers can improve the accuracy of their flight path over longer distances with increased backspin, by learning how to compress the golf ball.
Compressing the golf ball, or trapping the ball between your clubface and the turf, continues to receive high praise from golf instructors and PGA Tour pros alike, as an essential technique every golfer should master.
Naturally, the level of difficulty associated with learning to compress the golf ball has plagued many golfers during their first attempts at the technique.
Understanding that every player absorbs information differently, we’ve provided a great video on ball compression drills above, as well as the below article which clearly lays out each step in compressing the golf ball.
First, a golfer must ensure that their body weight has been distributed to their rear leg, while focusing on proper body rotation.
Focusing on these aspects first, provides the best setup to produce the needed shallow angle of attack on the golf ball.
Next, the golfer shifts their body weight distribution to their lead leg, ensuring their rear shoulder progresses through the golf ball in forward motion.
The golfer should maintain focus on swinging downward onto the golf ball, creating a forward tilt at impact.
With respect to the grip of the golf club, the player should ensure they’re turning their top hand directly towards the ground on impact, which will then trap the golf ball.
If executed without flaw, our divot should be ahead of the golf ball, which clearly illustrates that these adjustments designed to compress the golf ball have been successful.
Any player familiar with how excellent the iron shots are of PGA Tour Pros may wonder how they execute so precisely on the golf course or range.
These results have little to do with luck, rather come from an expert ability to compress the golf ball on command.
The flat, even contact that golfers crave during impact typically comes by way of hitting downward on the ball.
When done correctly, the golfer will experience a pinching sensation through impact, as the ball becomes compressed between the ground and clubface.
Perfecting the technique of compressing the ball leads to short birdies and strong approaches.
Achieving the correct angle of attack ranks as the most important thing a golfer can learn in regards to compression.
Shifting our left hip into the target while pushing off our right foot must happen before we ever attempt to move our arms.
In the interest of pushing our waist line ahead of the golf ball prior to impact, we’re ensuring that we’re able to strike our ball prior to the clubhead catching the ground.
Provided that our right palm remains facing downward towards the ground, we’re allowed a proper strike.
This technique also naturally squares the clubface by default.
Many golf instructors and PGA Pros consider this technique to be the most important regarding compressing the golf ball.
While the right side of our bodies produce downward pressure into the golf ball, the left side must progress upward and backward, balancing proper rotation.
Positioning our left side upward at the point of impact guarantees we hit the ball first, with the ground immediately following.
Crucial to compressing the golf ball, our angle of attack must be down at impact.
Many golfers visualize driving the golf ball into the turf like a hammer and nail, which produces a deeply driven ball through compression.
Golfers need not obsess over the precise degree they hit downward onto the golf ball.
As long as they’re striking the ball with power, producing remarkable flight paths illustrates that they’re hitting the ball correctly.
The downward strike achieved effectively compresses the ball on impact, providing an ideal flight path and the desired backspin.
Though somewhat difficult in practice, once a golfer has mastered how to compress the golf ball, such a technique will make their golf game exciting and efficient.
Once we’ve mastered the fundamentals of hitting straight drives, we’ll begin to hit our ball straight whenever we wish without any added effort.
The sport of golf revolves around the player achieving the highest level of precision through each step of the game.
Through rebuilding aspects of our current setup and golf swing, hitting straight shots at will can become second nature to even the most novice golfer.
Understanding the difficulties associated with hitting our ball straight will make most golfers realize they’re not alone in this uphill battle.
Considered to be one of the hardest techniques to master in golf, much of the difficulty manifests in the aggravation players experience when their shots end up slicing or hooking away from the intended target.
A strong correlation between the difficulty of hitting the ball straight and the length of the golf club in use proves especially hard when using our driver.
This leads most golfers to begin adapting their regular golf swing to shallow out with an increased amount of loft added.
Golfers often forget the crucial nature of a proper golf setup, especially when looking to produce perfectly straight shots.
There are several aspects of the setup that must be calibrated correctly in order to achieve the desired level of straightness to their drive.
Golfers must adapt a neutral grip in order to hit the ball straight, as the number of knuckles visible at address can tell us many things about the end result of our golf swing.
Ideally, we should have 2 knuckles visible on the weak hand, with 3 or less on our lead hand.
In situations when we see more than 3 knuckles on our lead hand, slices are typically the end result of our golf swing.
When making the needed adjustments to our golf swing in order to hit the ball straight, there are several key aspects that golfers must give attention to.
Our swing path must follow forward to the target on a straight line, through the golf ball upon impact.
Having our club head follow such a swing path will better ensure that our ball will land on target with a single straight drive.
By providing that our club head squares up in relation to the ball to target line, we’ll ensure that our clubface has taken the correct angle needed to produce an effective spin at impact.
Ensuring that we’ve vertically squared our clubface will provide enough loft to produce an upward targeted spin, preventing the ball from moving either left or right in flight.
Perfecting this swing will take practice, so players should not expect results to appear with one outing.
As depicted in the video above, there are several golf drills and tips that assist in hitting the golf ball straight, which should be practiced by golfers in order to improve their swings.
Golfers must also be mindful of balance during their downswings.
First, leave your golf tee slightly above the turf, while placing your ball upon it.
Next, ensuring that our stance parallels the golf ball and our left toe, we then have the ability to expand the size of our swing.
Our left foot should not fall behind our ball when looking to hit a straight shot.
Golfers then widen their stance, placing their feet farther apart to expand their available range of motion.
Expanding our range of motion equates to more power in our overall golf swing.
Also important at this stage, a golfer must equally distribute their body weight between both feet, with their head positioned behind the golf ball.
Using a neutral grip as previously described, expands the power of your golf swing by holding the club higher, with your hands nearing the end of the grip wraps.
By shifting your weight onto your lead foot, keep your eye on the golf ball and draw the club backwards.
Finally, swing the club down and hit the ball straight.
The clubface should strike the center of the ball directly upon impact.
With all the proper adjustments made, the result of this golf swing will be a straight shot.
Most amateurs take to the range or golf course determined to have a rapid fire fast golf swing.
Many of these players have come to associate a fast swing with added depth and even precision.
Unfortunately, the majority of these players are actually killing their swing by moving there arms way faster than their bodies can rotate.
Because their arms are significantly ahead of their body rotation, the resulting shot will be very underwhelming.
Practitioners of the GG Swing Method understand that in order to produce their desired golf swing, they must allow their upper body to move naturally with their arms, as depicted in countless hours of George Gankas golf lessons.
George Gankas golf philosophy emphasises the importance of building upon the natural movements and rotations found in our body, in order to produce an effective golf swing that will eventually because natural motion for the player.
If a player begins to dabble in the sport of golf, chances are they’ve yet to take up a formal lesson with a skilled instructor, so one could understand why they associate rapid arm movement with added depth to their shot.
However, any amateurs who continuously swings this way will learn very soon that something isn’t right with their approach.
As appealing as a rapid swing may be to the eye, the end result will only create frustration and embarrassment for the player, so much so that they may even consider discontinuing the sport altogether.
Players will come to understand that the faster they’re swinging the golf club, the more tense their arms and wrists will become as they approach the impact position.
This tension in the wrists will cause a delayed release and also prohibit their arms from reaching their full extension.
Adding such speed to your arms will also make it impossible to make a solid impact with the clubface.
The rapid nature of the golf swing will have a negative influence on the positioning of the clubface and cause an unpredictable connection at the point of impact.
Even if your rapid arm speed feels like you’re hitting the ball harder, you’re likely losing any added yards you’d wish to gain through the simple imbalance the speed has caused in your golf swing.
At the end of the day, overcompensation of our arm speed will drastically imbalance our swing, while making it virtually impossible to predict the placement of your clubhead at the point of impact.
Anyone who regularly tunes into the pro tours will agree that professional golfers do not have fast looking golf swings.
The golf swings produced by the pros have the appearance of a fine tuned, natural motion that the player has crafted over countless hours of practice and competing with other high level golfers.
Though swinging the golf club at a more natural, reduced speed may feel like you’re losing force, understand that allowing your upper body and arms to work together to hit the ball will add more yards to your shots, also making your overall golf swing more predictable.
Over time as you begin to see immediate results from swinging your golf club slower, it will become a natural motion for your body to swing your arms at a reduced rate.
Many players benefit from clearing their minds altogether during their golf swing, as focusing solely on impact with the ball will often make any player speed up their arms.
If you must have something in mind relating to your golf swing during play, focus on rotating your upper body and transferring your weight during the swing.
With the minor adjustments discussed in the video above and through this blog, golfers can apply these new techniques on the golf course or driving range immediately.
Keep an eye out for future articles and videos concerning draw shots and other elements that improve your overall golfing experience.
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