Golf Tips to Swing for Distance

by Patrick Cameron
    Adding distance to your drives can make the course feel shorter and easier to manage.

    Adding distance to your drives can make the course feel shorter and easier to manage.

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    Overview

    Big hitters get all the attention. So, it stands to reason that one of the most common questions from every level of the golf experience spectrum tends to revolve around how to create more distance in the golf swing. Adding distance to your game has benefits that can be felt from the tee all way to the green, including better approach shots and the ability to drop to a lower iron with more control. There are couple of components of the golf swing that can be looked at when trying to add distance to your game.

    Club Face Control

    Hitting a ball square is one of the keys to delivering more impact when striking a golf ball. There's an exercise you can do that will improve the squareness of your ball striking and it starts with the least hard-hitting of your clubs: the putter. Draw a line around your ball and then place the ball on the ground with the line running vertically up the ball. Practice putting the ball so that the line doesn't waver as the ball covers 8 to 10 feet. Once you've mastered the putter, move up through your clubs from your wedges, on up to the driver. A good first distance for the driver is 50 yards. As you get more attuned to solid club face impact, you can ratchet the distance up in 25-yard increments.

    Hip And Shoulder Turn

    Body rotation is one of the fundamental aspects of hitting the ball hard and long. If you don't have proper rotation, you can't expect to have the club head speed of the long hitters, nor will you have the weight impact behind your club. There are a couple of key points in the swing to look at to assess your hip and shoulder turn. At the top of the back swing, hip and shoulder rotation should be at a point where your back is facing straight toward the target. On the opposite end of the swing spectrum, as you finish your follow through, your chest should be facing the target.

    Muscle Building

    The golf swing involves nearly every part of your body; from your feet, legs, knees and waist, to your arms and shoulders. There are 22 muscles involved in the follow through alone. The more strength you can add to your core, the more club head speed and power your going to be able to generate at impact. If you have dumbbells, you can do a core exercise that will increase your flexibility and build a solid base for longer hits. To do this, take a dumbbell in either hand, assume your address posture and, with elbows bent, swing your core from side to side. Don't let the momentum of the weight carry your body, but instead control the rotation. Make sure that, when you do this exercise, you keep your head down and still, emulating the golf posture.

    About the Author

    Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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