As someone who loves to play golf, I know how frustrating it can be when you hit the ball shorter than you wanted. How do other golfers hit the ball so far? How can I hit the ball farther?
These are questions that many people ask themselves before playing a round of golf. In this blog post, we will discuss some underutilized tips on how to hit a golf ball farther than you ever thought was possible!
How To Hit The Golf Ball Farther
Focus on ball striking
It’s no secret that one of the most important aspects to hitting the golf ball farther is your ball striking.
If you make solid contact with the ball, it will travel a lot farther than if you mishit it. Focus on making clean, consistent contact with the golf ball on the clubface.
That’s why sometimes, you’ll find a golfer with a swing that doesn’t seem too fast, but the ball flies off the clubface every single time!
Great ball strikers have the ability to try different kinds of shots like a stinger without much worry.
Move those hips
A lot of amateur golfers don’t get their hips involved in their swing nearly enough, using almost all arms.
This limits the power you can generate, as your hips are one of the biggest sources of power in the swing.
Make sure to start your downswing by moving your hips back first, before transferring that motion into your arms.
If you’ve ever watched professional golf, you’ll notice how much they move their hips throughout their swing; it’s not a coincidence, it works.
You can see how the PGA Tour’s longest hitter, Bryson DeChambeau, uses his hips here:
Turn your hands over
When you’re about to make contact with the ball, you’ll want to turn your hands over, or flick your wrists, to get that extra clubhead speed on contact.
This will help you to hit the ball farther and straighter, as long as you’re making clean contact.
It may seem uncomfortable at first, but that’s because you’re finally unlocking all of the power of your wrists.
Keep your front arm straight
This one is a little more difficult to do, but it’s crucial if you want to hit the ball farther.
Throughout your golf swing, and when you make contact with the golf ball, your front arm should be completely straight. This will help keep your swing on plane and ensure that all of your power goes into hitting the ball.
If you allow your front arm to bend, you’re going to lose a lot of power and consistency in your swing.
For right-handed golfers, your left arm is the front arm since it’s closer to your target.
And for left-handed golfers, your right arm is the front arm.
Generate more lag
A common mistake that amateurs make is they don’t generate enough lag in their swing; lag is created when you delay the release of your wrists until impact.
Doing this properly will have the club lagging behind the rest of your body and swing since your wrists are hinged and you can create a “flick motion” while making contact with the ball.
This will add a lot more clubhead speed to your swing, resulting in farther shots.
Here’s a quick video explaining the best lag drill you can do:
Shift your weight
Like a lot of the other tips we’ve already covered, shifting your weight will allow you to explode on contact and crush the ball.
When you do this correctly, you’ll be able to maximize your distance because you’re getting your whole body into the swing.
Make sure to shift your weight towards the target as you make contact with the ball, and feel that explosion!
If you’re a righty, you should shift your weight to your right foot on the backswing, and to your left foot on the follow-through.
For lefties, you should shift your weight to your left foot on the backswing, and to your right foot on the follow-through.
Use the right equipment
On top of all of these swing tips, you need equipment that’s a good fit for your body and swing.
If you have a fast swing, but your driver is too heavy or long for you to control properly, it’s going to be really hard for you to hit the ball far.
This is why manufacturers make different shafts, clubheads, and grips that fit different swings; getting fitted at a pro shop before buying any new equipment is a must if you’re serious about your golf game!
While you don’t need the best equipment on the market to hit the ball far, you need equipment that fits you.
There you have it, 7 different tips on how you can hit the golf ball farther than before.
If you focus on these aspects of your swing and practice them daily, you’ll see drastic improvements in your distance.
While some of these swing tips may seem basic to you, for beginners or amateurs, they can make a huge difference!