If you’re having trouble adding long distance to your golf shots, you’re not alone.
Most golfers, regardless of skill level, complain of hitting their shots shorter than intended, with little idea of how to effectively expand the distance of their drives.
While golfing does not have a cookie cutter application for adding distance to our shots, there are several adjustments able to be applied to our golf swings that create the perfect environment for increased distance.
Very important though often overlooked, properly distributing our body weight can add more distance to an otherwise normal golf swing.
At the pinnacle of our backswing, ideally 40% of our body weight should be on our front leg, with the remaining 60% distributed to our back leg.
As our body rotates through the golf ball, guided by our hands and hips, only 10% of our body weight should remain on our back leg, having shifted 90% to the front leg through this process.
Most golfers may be unaware, but maintaining optimal straightness in our lead arm will produce golf shots with deeper distances.
Creating a longer overall golf swing typically provides expansive distance in the resulting golf shot.
Pursuing a perfect 90 degree angle, maintaining a straight and level lead arm achieves such by stabilizing our wrist during the backswing portion our golf swing.
Grip adds or subtracts more from a golf swing than most golfers are willing to admit.
With the infinite amount of ways that a golfer can grip the club, understanding how adjustments to grip affects distance will greatly improve our results.
Sometimes our grips are too tight, causing players to excessively squeeze their club.
Treating our golf club grip as if it were a tube of toothpaste will often lead to firm yet mindful squeezing that produces an ideal golf swing with expansive depth.
As indicated in many of the articles featured on our website, our hips have a wealth of untapped power waiting to be used if the golfer has yet to establish proper hip rotation in their golf swing.
Many of the smaller pros on the PGA Tour are able to produce deep golf shots simply by leveraging the power found in the hips of every golfer.
Turning our lead hand over at the ideal time during the finish of our golf swing will ensure additional distance has been added.
In order to add distance to our golf shot, players must snap their lead hand into the ball upon impact, which provides additional momentum to our golf club, effectively expanding the overall distance of the golf ball.
While using a driver, hitting upward during our golf swing acts as the obvious goal, which calls for adjustment to our normal teeing procedure.
Ensuring that the equator lines up directly with the top of our clubface during our swing setup will then create the ideal height for expanding the distance of our golf shot.
Once we’re ready to take our swing, we must ensure that the tee sits slightly ahead of the midpoint of our golf stance.
Understanding that our driver usually acts as the longest club in our golf bag, it’s clear that this club retains the fastest swing of all.
Extending the outside of our shoulders downward to the inner positioning of our feet will establish the solid foundation needed to send the ball flying down course.
However, sacrificing control and precision for distance would be a disservice to the overall goal of producing a deeper golf shot.
Most golfers that overload the right side of their bodies during their backswings are essentially sliding rather than rotating their bodies correctly.
Sliding rather than properly turning our bodies during our backswing leads to several issues, such as the straightening of our right knee and the disruption in body weight balance that leaves the bulk of our body weight placed on our lead foot.
The lateral movements in our hips take direction to the left, over and outside of the positioning that our left foot takes during our golf swing.
Many players take shots on the course or driving range with their golf bag standing to the left of their body.
When taking our golf shot, if we feel our left hip collide with the golf bag to our left, we know that our bodies are sliding during the golf swing.
If swinging correctly, our body will be turning towards the left, striking the golf ball without our hips coming into contact with the golf bag to our left.
During the downswing portion, our body will rotate in the direction of the bag, with our pelvic region pointed towards the bag as we finish the swing.
Our upper body will take the direction of the target, with our chest pointing directly towards the target or slightly to the left of our designated target.
Taking notice of where prominent parts of our body point before, during and after a golf swing can often provide a clear indication as to whether we’re sliding when swinging or properly rotating our body.
Though not an overwhelming problem for most, nearly 40% of all golfers will slide during a golf swing rather than rotating their bodies correctly.
There are a few common causes that may be disrupting the form a golfer takes during their swing, most of which can be mended with focus and practice drills that promote proper swing rotation.
Many golfers are unable to rotate their bodies correctly because of an immobility in their thoracic spine movement or their hips ability to rotate properly during a golf swing.
When met with a bodily disability of this nature, golfers are forced to compensate for their lack of mobility, and thus sliding usually happens.
Another common cause of sliding in during our swing manifests in a golfer’s inability to evenly balance their body weight during play.
The stability created when properly distributing our body weight during a golf swing will allow our body to rotate correctly, an inability to balance this weight results in a poorly composed swing, which often sees the golfer sliding rather than turning.
The final common reason that golfers slide during golf swing comes from an inability to move the upper and lower body separately, causing our entire body to move as one unit during the entire golf swing.
Such an issue with our body movement will ultimately destroy our swing balance, as our whole body moves simultaneously in similar fashion rather than the movement of separate parts during the kinematic process.
With your back against a sturdy wall, assume your normal golf swing stance, while remaining tethered to the wall with your tail end.
Creating our backswing as we usually would, keep an eye on whether or not the left side of your tail end comes off of the wall.
Golfers that currently slide during their downswing will find their backside sliding on the wall, a clear indication of a troubled swing.
If your the left side comes off of the wall while practicing your backswing stance but the right remains flush against it, then you’re taking the correct form during your golf swing.
Rotating our body correctly through this drill will require making our backswing and balancing the left portion of our tail-end against the wall, while freeing our right side to release from the wall.
With the seam on our left pant leg moving towards the wall, shift the majority of your body weight to your left foot.
Our right heel should then rise off the floor, with the laces on our shoe turned towards the direction of our target.
Next the left side of your tailend should rejoin the wall, keeping the right side now against the wall, with the seam on our left pant leg flush towards the wall.
This drill will ensure that rather than sliding through our golf swing, our body now takes the correct rotation needed to ensure proper shots are taken each time we swing.
Golfers with a high handicap typically share at least one thing in common, driving the ball steep during their downswing.
As players struggle with their angle of attack during their driver shots, a steep shaft often prevents their downswing from making a solid connection with the ball, leading to pulled or missed shots as a result.
Renowned for his innovative approach to coaching, George Gankas golf lessons continue to assist golfers from around the globe, under the GG Swing Method program.
The GG Swing Method promotes training that amplifies the golfer’s natural ability while working to correct any flaws, as witnessed in the hundreds of George Gankas golf videos found here and on the popular GG Swing Tips Golf YouTube Channel.
In order to correct a steep downswing, golfers must first familiarize themselves with their angle of attack.
Describing the angle by which our golf club approaches the ball, our angle of attack can either be upward, level or downward.
In regards to players suffering from steep downswings during drives, they are most likely striking the ball at a downward angle of attack, which generates several problems in their drive.
For example, downward angles of attack cause misguided flight paths for the ball, which leads to missed shots, diminished distance when striking with a driver and a complete fiasco for players trying to strike with irons.
While this lesson focuses heavily on using a driver, golfers will be able to apply George’s tips to their irons game as well.
Having the ability to strike a golf ball at either upward, level or downward angles of attack, players must be conscience of how our driver shots react to such angles and which work best for their intended target.
Many novice or casual players who haven’t gotten out on the golf course often are usually not concerned with the angle of attack in their golf swing.
While their technique may be flawed, most players in this category are simply utilizing the sport as a socially rather than looking to improve their overall ability as a golfer.
If you’re a serious player looking to hone your skills, angle of attack has to be on your radar as one of the many mechanisms needing attention and refinement in your game.
Understanding and leveraging the correct angle of attack in your downswing during key moments on the golf course helps players achieve lower scores and more enjoyable outings on a consistent basis.
If you’re golfing several times per month and have not addressed any of the underlying issues found in your angle of attack, golf may become a very frustrating ordeal and cause some players to give up the sport before ever developing into an exceptional golfer.
Being either too shallow or too steep will cause the player to produce horrible shots and lead to a loss in confidence.
While certain clubs are designed to be hit at a downward angle of attack, like irons, others must be hit at an upward angle attack, as our driver shots should be.
Gankas finds that one of the leading issues his students have with driver shots, specifically their downswing, can be traced back to a poor angle of attack.
Once corrected, our angle of attack will provide increased power behind our drives, which will then add distance and speed to the overall trajectory of your shots, and help the player develop their overall ability in relation to the game.
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