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.
Crucial when looking to expand the distance of our drive, straightening our lead arm provides more distance for the clubhead to travel through the ball upon impact.
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.
Making solid impact during a properly composed golf swing may elude some golfers, causing frustration and missed shots on the golf course.
We’ve come across an innovative way to guarantee solid impact onto the golf ball with a drill that utilizes your shadow as a guiding force to the perfect swing.
Aimed to create optimal swing posture, using our shadow will provide insight into how our bodies are rotating during the swinging process.
Sometimes more effective than simply videotaping our golf swings, monitoring the movements in our shadow on a consistent basis will often promote increased efficiency in our shots as a result of identifying flaws in our swing.
Much of what golfers experience in regards to missed shots or a poorly composed swing can be attributed to excessive head movement during the process.
While slight side to side movement in our head during the golf swing will likely have zero negative impact on our shot, moving our heads down and up will often throw the shot off course, causing detrimental results.
Adding stability to our head movement during the golf swing will reduce the likelihood of going over the top on our golf shot.
In order to effectively use our shadow as an indicator during our golf swing, we must first ensure that the sun sits immediately behind us at setup, with our head’s shadow blanketing the top of the golf ball.
Having the shadow of our head on top of the golf ball will be crucial to determining if we’re maintaining stability throughout the entirety of our golf swing.
Many times the sun may sit in a position that prevents our shadow from covering the golf ball, in which case we should designate a separate object for the shadow of our head to cover, which will provide the same amount of coverage in order to evaluate our motion during the golf swing.
Even if you’re practicing your shadow drill off course, in your backyard or at a park, you can do so by using a golf tee or any other object in place of the golf ball, if a complete swing cannot be taken due to your current location.
If you’re fortunate enough to be practicing at the driving range or on the golf course, take a few test swings using this shadow drill before coming into contact with the golf ball.
Once comfortable with monitoring your shadow after taking practice swings, we’re ready to start hitting the ball.
Monitoring the positioning of your head’s shadow throughout, hit a few golf balls and determine how the movement has affected their flight path.
If you notice that your head moves up and down during the golf swing, you can take the opportunity to make corrections on the spot, and see how such adjustments relate to the subsequent shots taken.
Controlling the movements of our head during the golf swing will assist in stabilizing our shots, ultimately creating a well composed structure to our swings, which produces the best results regardless of what type of golf shot we aim to produce.
Additionally, other aspects of our golf swing can be monitored through our shadows, though possibly not as easily without another party or video capturing the movements.
Keeping an eye on our shoulder rotation, hip movement, and the transitions taken through backswing and downswing can be monitored through watching our shadow, though head movement seems to be the easiest for a golfer to study during the actual swinging process.
Next time you approach the tee on a sunny day, position yourself to monitor your own movements during the golf swing.
You may be surprised by what you see and able to make immediate corrections that translate to measurable progress in your golf game.
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