LPGA stars Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie can hit the ball 270 yards using their drivers, and their success has a lot to do with technique. Lorena Ochoa, who retired from professional golf in 2010, also drove the ball long and maintains her power came from her hips and legs. Women golfers don't have the upper body strength of their male counterparts, but can compensate with timing and excellent form. Ochoa told "Golf Digest" in 2008 that women don't have to be big or swing super fast to get good results from the driver.
In the game of golf, there are few things that rival a long, straight drive in terms of beauty. After all, being able to hammer a ball off the tee right down the middle of the fairway for a short chip to the green is something that every golfer desires. But effective and accurate driving is extremely difficult. Knowing the basics of an effective drive will allow you to score better and, hopefully, enjoy the game more than ever.
There's nothing quite like the spectacle of long drive competitions. Guys stepping up, hauling off and regularly clearing distances in excess of 370 yards makes you wonder just what they've got under the hood. Wouldn't all those yards look nice on your golf game? Having the same driver as the World's Long Drive champions might not have you hitting 300 or better off the tee, but it can't hurt.
The old adage, "You drive for show, but you putt for dough," might capture the wisdom of perfecting your putting to make low scores, but it also reveals most golfers and fans like the big shot off the tee. To make sure your drives are long and accurate, you'll need to make sure all parts of your swing are working, from the stance, distance to the ball, the rotation of your body and the way you bring the club head through the ball.
By hitting long drives, golfers can considerably shorten the longer holes on a course and increase their chances of posting a good score. Most professionals can consistently hit their tee shots about 300 yards, and many can hit it even farther. You need patience and concentration to hit it far down the fairway. To get that extra yardage, learn to tee the ball properly and get as much club head speed as possible.
Every golfer wants to hit the ball farther, and the quest for maximum length has led many 21st century golfers to opt for drivers with shafts that are 1 to 3 inches longer than the standard recommended length. However, the longer the shaft the harder it is to control the club and hit the ball squarely. You might hit the occasional drive farther with a longer shaft. But you run the risk of finding yourself chopping the ball out of the rough and fairway bunkers -- if not flirting with out-of-bounds stakes -- on a regular basis.
A draw is a golf shot that curves gently from right to left (for a right-handed player). With the driver, hitting a draw can generate extra distance because the ball has less backspin and more roll when it hits the ground than a tee shot hit perfectly straight. With iron shots, a draw is useful when the pin is on the far left side of the green. You can start the shot safely toward the middle of the green and curve it toward the target.
Essentially the three components to a game of golf are the tee shot, iron play and the short game. If any one of these is lacking, you're not going to be able to score as low as you'd like. The tee shot sets up the rest of your game, so if you're not hitting your driver straight, be prepared for a long round. It may sound strange, but it will actually help you to not use a tee. This method takes spin off the ball, allowing you to hit it straight.