Increasing Driver Distance -3 Simple Keys.

Posted by JJGOLF on March 11, 2015

Increasing Driver Distance -3 Simple Keys.

Mar 11, 2015

    Although golfers have been struggling with distance off the tee for a millennium, it's been a hot topic this year with most my amateurs wanting a further total distance in their driving. Time and time again, they will show up on my lesson tee with 2-3 new drivers they've purchased and speak to me about adjusting the setting or "what is it going to take for me to keep it out there with the young boys".

   Well... I'm not sure cenegenics (an age decreasing system you can purchase)  or a new $500.00 (with 533 settings) driver is the golden ticket. As golfers, we sure are sold easily on the first tip or new driver that has glorified branding behind it. By no means do I want to complicate this for you, and surely if you get a new toy as gift, feel free to snuggle in bed with your new gamer (driver) until sunrise.

    It is my responsibility to bring a little clarity so you tread in the right direction furthering your total length. So let's be a little more honest with the approach than others may suggest. 
3 SIMPLE KEYS (to maximize distance). 
      First: Don't be visually fooled by the "look" of how a professional swings the golf club. Today's player's (for the most part) are looking stronger and more fit than ever. What I hear and see constantly on my lesson tee, is a student trying to swing with such tension and force while swinging the driver. He voices to me specifically, that in order to bust it out there a long way (swinging) "harder & faster" is the only way. 

    ME: I will ask him "why". "What makes it seem as if that's the way you must swing"? "Do you feel yourself pulling with force more as you deliver the club in, and through impact"?

 STUDENT: "Yes I do James". "The guys on tour swing so athletically, fast and almost violently". 

    In actuality they are more rhythmic and in balance than any of the above mentioned. I would agree that they can move the club (faster than the average player) but in no way is that a matter of pure muscle strength, force or any violently like movement. 

    It comes from rhythmic balance and harmonious movement. Something one should learn first (at a good pace) before he decides to let loose. Don't get me wrong, I want each and every player to maximize there total distance and be able to "RIP" their drives... It's just after teaching for some time now and really studying the variety of students i'm fortunate to work with...

So... Let's discuss the first step.. 

  1) Pay attention to your foundation at the address position. Do you feel in balance? Tension free? From the palm region up the arms would you say you're at 2-3-4 on scale of 1-10? You should understand the arms and hands don't move the club (imagine a golfer pulling the club back and fourth with force which is usually null) but they allow the club to move. A big part of Lag, Speed and Proper Sequencing in how the clubhead is delivered into/post impact, has to do with a relaxed state of wrists well up into the arms. 

 Start off at half speed hitting shots this way until you are constant in your ball pattern (it does not matter if you push, pull, cut or draw your ball) then working your way up to full. This is about how to practice, not just what. Later, the pattern of flight can be assessed and addressed.. But... 

You must ask yourself this...
   Could you really make a huge alteration in grip, wrist condition, pivot (the list goes on) without a "how to practice" plan in order. Some discipline on your part in rhythmic feel and balance? Sky's the limit in "alterations" once an affirmation by your coach is confirmed on this. 
2) 50-100 Reverse club swings a day...

   What this means is, grab the lower end of your driver near the driver head (upside down) and make 50-100 swings each day swinging the grip (which would now act as a clubhead) in where you remain to apply part one (in balance, rhythmic, soft arms) feeling yourself speed up at/post impact. As you do this, you should feel very fluid and rotational throughout the entire movement even holding the finish in good balance on most swings.

Start at 25% and work your way up to 100% doing 50-100 a day. When doing this "Fluidity" should overcome "Force" in the movement of the club. Generally this is how you gain more overall speed in the grand scheme of the driver swing. 

3) Stretching. 

      I wouldn't quite say that their are specific stretches that are geared for golf. I'd say that stretching in general is good for the body as a whole. For any individual who's going to put in a long practice session or play an entire round. To give your body and mind a combined sense of feeling "flexible", more often you will see yourself hitting the ball further.

 We can all sit around a table that has "PLACEBO" Engraved in the middle, but I like your odds with the stretch factor much more than the R78,244 with built in Jet fuel. One thing for sure is the Professionals, High School players, D1-D3 and my competitive amateurs all have stretch routines. 

 You can work with a trainer, search online, or ask me in person to get a variety of stretches good for the total body. Get committed to a routine daily not just before and after a round. Your total distance relies on this in edition to the above suggestions. 

FINAL NOTE: Listen... I do understand that more may go into hitting it a great distance (learning how to use your lower body earlier, some are just naturally dynamic in creating speed from birth, other swing changes a coach may make with you etc.) But what I give you above is a great starting point to work your way into being a longer hitter. What golfers struggle with and express to me revolves in my mind constantly. So far (after years of Coaching & Teaching swing specifics) this has been the most effective 3 key's to earning distance. 

 Who knows... Maybe in a year they will prove me wrong with a driver made from Jupiter's core and our problem's will be solved. For now... Let's just do it the old fashion way ;) 
                                                             James Jordan. :)

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