Let’s be honest. As golfers we are ALWAYS looking for ways to add more distance to our game. Whether it’s an extra 20 yards off the tee or simply being able to hit an 8 iron instead of a 7 on your approach. At the end of the day, hitting the ball further can make the game easier and more enjoyable – so long as your still in the short grass
So…what’s the SECRET to getting more distance?
It’s simple really – more speed. The physics are basic…The faster your club head is traveling when it impacts the ball, the faster the ball will be traveling toward its target line, and thus, the further it will fly.
The PGA TOUR’s most elite players can achieve club head speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, and ball speeds in excess of 170 miles per hour. That’s crazy! As a rough approximation, every mile per hour extra of ball speed equates to two – three extra yards of carry. Of course, there are a number of other factors that influence exactly how far a ball will carry, including atmospheric conditions on the course, the launch angle, where the ball was hit, and more… But just think if you could increase your ball speed by just 5 mph (That is 15 yards of extra distance – on every shot)
What most golfers don’t understand is that creating speed like this is NOT about swinging fast or swinging hard. It’s about moving your body in a very special sequence…
To MAX out your distance focus on sequencing your swing in this order…
1. Lower body
Your glutes are the largest muscles in your body and putting them to work in your golf swing is essential if you want to create big time distance. From the top of your backswing your legs should fire first, driving into the ground and rotating toward the target.
As soon as your legs begin to drive and rotate toward the target the muscles in your core should become active – working to transfer that energy that your lower body has created into your shoulders and arms. All energy created by the lower half, the strongest half of the body, should be transferred not shifted or swayed. Here is a good way to practice that.
3. Upper Body
Pulled by your legs and your core, your upper body will have no choice but to begin to rotate toward the target. As your arms begin to drop, they will be working to transfer all of that energy you are creating through to your club head like they are cracking a whip. Think about skipping a rock on the water. It is really the same process as the golf swing.
Next time you’re on the driving range take a few slow-motion practice swings to feel this proper sequence. Once you get it down, you’ll be amazed by how much distance you can add to your game WITHOUT swinging any harder. Want to know exactly how well this is working, use this to track your progress.