Tee Time Tricks: Hitting Ball Farther

Hitting the golf ball farther can help your game in a number of ways. Not only is it fun to watch the ball soar through the air and land past the other shots in your group, but also playing shorter approach shots gives you a better chance to score. Of course, you don’t want to try and gain distance at the expense of accuracy. Ideally, you can increase your distance while still hitting the ball straight down the fairway hole after hole.

In order to hit the ball farther, you will need to make sure that all aspects of your swing are in good working order. Even having just one element of your swing out of place can really cause problems when it comes to make a hard swing and try to maximize your distance. Use the following tips to help you get on track and hit the ball farther than ever before.

  • Take Your Time. If you rush through your swing, you won’t have a chance to build speed on the downswing and you won’t reach your distance potential. Take enough time during the backswing to rotate properly and store up energy to be unleashed into the ball. To practice this, make some slow motion swings on the driving range to exaggerate the slower backswing. When you go back to your regular swing, you will hopefully carry over some of those feelings.

  • Make Good Contact. It might sound obvious, but one of the best ways to hit the ball farther is to simply make better contact in the center of the clubface. If you are hitting the ball out toward the toe of the club, or in toward the heel, you won’t be getting the most distance possible from your swing. By keeping your eyes looking down at the ball through impact, you should be able to find the sweet spot more often and add yards to your shots.

  • Finish Your Swing. Many golfers get in a bad habit of not reaching their full finish position after impact, therefore not rotating as well as they should have. Make it a point to finish with most of your weight on your lead foot, and your hips and shoulders square to the target. When you do this right, you will get a full body rotation through the shot and your club head speed should benefit as a result.