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How to Add Yards of Distance to Your Drives

There is one challenge that all golfers want to achieve: that is to add distance to their drives. Although it is not one of the most important stat in golf, there is an intense feeling of satisfaction knowing that you hit the ball farther.

But if ever you find yourself competing with more experienced players and struggling to increase your driving distance, here are 5 easy tips to add yards of distance to your drives.


1. Do not Force it

If you think that squeezing every ounce of strength from your body when swinging the club will work to add driving distance, then you’re wrong. Most amateur think a blunt force is the only factor that determines driving distances, but in truth it is just one of the many factors. I’m not saying that you should not exert any effort at all.

Try toning down your swing power to 85 to 90 % of your strength. You will have greater control over your accuracy and arc with less force behind the ball. This translates to longer distances.


2. Relax your wrists

Keep your wrists in a relaxed state before, through and immediately after the swing. Your wrists will turn forward with your club’s momentum when you keep them relaxed. Keeping your wrists tight or tensed, on the other hand, will prevent them from turning with the momentum of the club, thus restricting your control and speed.


3. Tee the ball higher

Raising your tee is another technique you should try to squeeze out some extra distance to your drive. Tee the ball higher so that your driver is directly above the half of the ball. With the ball higher, your driver will less likely scrape the ground as you swing. This should indirectly boost your attack angle that brings your trajectory up and keeping the spin levels down.


4. Turn your back

One of the most common mistakes of amateur golfers is failing to turn their shoulders and back when driving the ball. Your back should turn a full 90° angle during the initial swing at which your body and the club should change their direction by going forward.

With your body winding up to 90° angles, you will have more energy to power the golf ball. Also, you need to take a wider stance in order to achieve a more stable base and to promote extra resistance to the legs and hips during the backswing.


5. Exercise, exercise, exercise

Other than the techniques I have mentioned, there are also some ways in order to add distance it your drives off the green. This includes resistance strength training. You will have more power to drive the ball across the green with an improvement in muscle definitions and mass. Focus on workouts that primarily targets your back, shoulders, core and chest muscles.

Some of the best exercises for golfers include:

  • Leg raises
  • Planks
  • Deadlifts
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Standing military shoulder presses
  • Chest presses