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.
It’s impossible to generalize the adjustments made during our golf swing in regards to furthering the distance of the golf ball after impact.
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.
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