In today's golf, the best players in the world can hit a long ball. The average player can usually get the ball to go about 225 yards at most, using standard equipment.
At least one company is offering golf balls that have been "laser-drilled" to allow them travel as far as 400 yards. You also have the option of using a different driver that will increase your average drive range by 50-100 yards. But do you know how to get these extra yards out of your current set up? If not, read on to find out some useful tips on how you can improve your driving distance.
1. Adjust the length and loft of your driver
If you're playing with a driver that is too long, chances are you will not be able to swing it as fast as you need to in order to generate enough power. On the other hand, if your driver has too much loft than what you really should have for your game then also there's a big possibility that it'll take too much effort to get the ball up in the air.
To check this, you usually can borrow a driver from someone with the same length as yours and try hitting some balls with both drivers side by side. If there's no difference then your current club is fine as it is; otherwise, you will need to adjust the length and/or loft.
2. Practice at different times of the day
While practicing, I've noticed that there are actually certain times in the morning where my swing feels better than others. This was most likely due to changes in temperature and humidity in which it affected the conditions of the golf course from one time of day to another. When I noticed this, I made a point to step outside at the same time for my practice sessions for one week straight, then compare the results.
If you're hitting fairways and greens but not getting as much distance as you'd like, try practicing early in the morning when it's cooler. Conversely, if you find that your drives tend to fade off to the left, then try hitting at that same time later in the afternoon when things get hotter.
This is because as temperature and humidity increase, the air surrounding your ball becomes thicker making it more difficult for it to get past a certain point. Vice versa of course when temperatures drop or there's less humidity out.
3. Play your own ball
If you can't get enough distance with the clubs and balls that are provided by your golf course, then try bringing your own set of gear to play a round. I found that my usual game went up at least two levels when I've been using my preferred equipment. The difference was most noticeable from the moment I started off with my driver. Before I brought my own set of golf clubs (including the driver) to play a round, I had been using a rented club just as long and just as high-tech as everyone else used on the course. But when I actually played with my own stuff, it was suddenly like being able to see everything clearly through an unobstructed pair of binoculars when you switched from your old pair to a new one.
The truly amazing thing was that I didn't even change anything on my current driver, i.e., the loft and length was exactly the same; just the color of the paint job was different. But I got so much more distance with it than before that I was able to drive the ball right down a narrow fairway that all of my playing partners had previously said was an impossible shot.
4. Choose your tee box wisely
If you get optimum distance with your drives, consider changing your tee box one number closer on the hole-chart (i.e., from a regular tee position to a forward tee box) so that your ball is lofted just as much as it needs to be.
5. Find the right driver for you
Although I have no scientific evidence to support this, I believe that there's a perfect driver out there for everyone who plays golf; the only problem is that most people don't know what they're looking for when they buy one. This is because there are so many clubs available that you can't possibly try them all out before you settle on the one that's right for you. But if I were to give a short list of criteria as to what to look for, it would be as follows:
- Get something with an average shaft length of at least 43". This means that the club falls right in between the typical driver lengths (42"-43") and short drivers (41") with no loss of distance.
- A more flexible shaft will give you better control over your drive since it'll bend to take less of a toll on your swing than those stiff ones.
- The club head should have a larger surface area for hitting the ball.
- A lighter club will not only help you get added distance but also serve as an invaluable weapon when it comes to fighting off some of those annoying mid-day mosquitoes. If you add up all the numbers (i.e., average shaft length, flex rating, club head size and weight) that make up a driver's specs, then you'll know which one is right for you.
6) Wear the right outfit
Make sure your shoes are sturdy enough to support you during your practice sessions: if your feet hurt because of poor quality shoes, then there's no way you'll gain any distance. Your pants should be loose-fitting enough to allow for a full swing and your shirt should likewise not restrict you in any way; just make sure it's one that won't accidentally get caught on your driver or club when you swing.
7) Get yourself some quality training aids
If you're having trouble hitting long drives, consider using a weight training belt to add extra support to your lower back. These belts come with straps that you can attach to the end of your driver's shaft so that it rides comfortably against your waist; this will reduce unwanted movements (i.e., twisting) during impact as well as keep your spine from shifting too much while you swing, which in turn gives you a more solid base on which to work from.
8) Keep your cool out there
You'd be surprised just how much pressure can kill even the most perfect swing in golf. That's why it's so important not to get down on yourself when you miss the ball and to instead practice some breathing exercises or talk to a friend who may have some helpful advice.
9) Watch your weight
I've tried out a couple of different drivers over the years due to their new and improved technology but one thing that I made sure to stay consistent on was my work-out plan, i.e., I never neglected my health even when it came time for some fun in the sun at the golf course. Sure, going to the gym isn't quite as exciting as playing a round or two of golf but it's well worth it in the end when you can boast about your driving distances.
10) Know your limits
It goes without saying that you'll get better at hitting long drives if you practice more; this is because anything you can do consistently will eventually become a part of your normal routine. For those who are new to the game, however, you should wait until you've played for at least three months (about six rounds) before you start hitting the ball off grass tee boxes and into the sky; otherwise, if you take too many big swings in a row then you might cause some serious injury to yourself.
11) Use the right swing speed for your body type
If you're looking for a hot tip on how to hit long drives, then I'd have to say that developing good swing mechanics is the way to go. The reason I say this is because when you know what works and what doesn't, then you can make adjustments that will help your consistency without having to rely on guessing what the next shot is going to do for you.
12) Give yourself plenty of time to warm up
Before hitting any shots, please walk around and perform a few stretches (i.e., squats, calf-raises and toe touches). Not only will these exercises help to get you primed for the big shot but they'll also serve as a good way to relieve any pressure before going into your next round.
13) Watch the pros play first
Before you jump in and hit some balls off grass tee boxes, why not swing by a golf course or two and watch the pros take their swings from the tee box? As difficult as it may seem, and unless you're a professional golfer yourself, try to avoid copying any of their swings directly. Instead, use them as inspiration for your own unique style.
If you've been working hard to improve your driving distance or tee-off power but don't see any results, then perhaps it's time for you to finally take the tips I've given you here and apply them step-by-step. Don't rush yourself and remember that all of these things will come with practice. You can do it! For those who are already on the golf team, you can take these tips and share them with your team members.
Have fun out there everyone!"