Many golfers show a great interest on how to hit a longer drive in golf. Of course, the driving distance is not always in direct proportion to the golf scores. Today we would like to share 3 secrets for longer driver shots.
Start with a soft drive shot
Hitting a driver is different from an iron shot. Moment of impact is important for iron shots. However, a fluid movement of a swing is considered more important for driver shots. It is better to start with a soft shot with a driver and keep practicing it. Once you master the soft shot, it is easier to hit a more powerful shot or develop a fluid stroke. If you want to achieve a good soft drive shot, use both your body’s rotational energy and your wrists’ energy to hit a longer drive with a fluid motion instead of too much energy of your arm. We usually say that the further you want to hit the ball, the more your hips should turn. However, turning your hips means to turn your waists. When you do a downswing, it is better to push your hips forward to shift your weight to achieve a longer drive.
Do not use too much energy of your arms but your bellies
A golf stance is made up of several elements – the width of stance, the amount of knee flex, the angle of the feet and overall posture. The pressure that each foot should generate into the ground at a given point matters in a proper golf stance. Use energy of your bellies more than those of your arms and your waists. In particular, when doing a back swing, distribute pressure under the right foot, and lead your downswing by turning your hips and belly before your hands. As golfers all differ in height, weight and other body conditions, there is no particular standard to the angles of your shoulder turn and waist turn when hitting your golf shots. However, it is advised to bend your shoulders at a 120-degree angle, and your waists at between 45 and 60-degree angle when hitting your shots.
Dynamic stretches improve your body flexibility
Flexibility could be the single most important factor in helping you achieve an ideal swing. Adding stretches to warm up your body can improve your swing performance. If you want to achieve a natural swing, don’t use too much energy of your legs but try to hit the ball with the natural rotations of your knees and your thighs when you swing. You also need to pay attention not to spin your hips or rotate your body too fast when doing a swing, and keep your arms straight throughout the swing. Lastly, the recumbent chest-and-spine stretch can help you with the release part of a swing.
Once you learn how to swing, it is more important to keep practicing it. We also suggest that you swing your club without hitting any balls. It is helpful to grab a club by the head and swing upside down when you practice, as it is lighter and needs more balance throughout the swing. Repeating a swing helps to develop an accurate swing gesture and swing tempo. Previously, we posted a blog about how baseball swing helps golfers improve their golf swings, and we recommend you have a glance at it to help you improve your golf skills.