The Key to Hitting the Golf Ball Further
Today I decided to hit the driving range and see how far I can smash some golf balls. I’m only 5 feet 8 inches tall and weigh about 160lbs, so hitting the ball far has never been a strength of mine.
While at the driving range I was consistently carrying it about 240 to 250 yards which likely puts the drive around 260 yards with roll factored in. Nothing special.
When I got home this afternoon, I was curious to see what tips others had about hitting the golf ball further.
So I did what anyone would do. I typed in “how to hit the golf ball far” into Google and up popped 32,900,000 results.
If you’ve ever done the same, you’re going to find lots of articles covering tips like:
- Strengthen the grip for more draw spin
- Use your hips for more power on downswing
- Wider shoulder turn
- Increase lag in the swing
But in reality, if you really want to hit the golf ball further then I think it comes down to a few things. Some of these are in your control, and a few are not unfortunately.
Let’s start with what is not in your control. Your physical size.
Hit the Ball Far By Adding Size, Muscle to Your Frame
If we all had the frame of Dustin Johnson, I’m sure our golf balls would be flying further down the fairways.
Golfer’s who hit the bar far often have a head start in physical appearance whether it’s a result of being tall or they are heavier individuals, or they have lots of muscle mass on their frame.
Since you can’t control your height that God gifted you with, you can still control your muscle mass and body weight.
Try joining a golf specific strength building program. There are many physical trainers out there who work with golfers or you could go the DIY route and purchase a program online to download.
We put together a mini golf fitness program that comes as a bonus to our Golf Academy Membership Group which you can join and get access to all kinds of practice programs in addition to the fitness program. It’s a one time fee.
Or you can browse the internet and pick up a free golf workout plan.
Improve Your Smash Factor to Hit Further Golf Shots
The next important tip that you can control and improve upon is the smash factor. I’m sure there is a formal definition for smash factor but the way I explain it is the combination of hitting the ball in the sweet spot of the club face and with great swing speed.
First, you should work to increase your control in your golf swing and make solid ball striking. If you take two golfers with the exact same swing speed, the golfer who hits the ball closer to the club’s sweet spot is likely going to hit the golf ball further.
There are a few ways to improve your ball striking.
The first method is buying some face tape that goes on the golf club’s face plate. This allows you to monitor for ball marks on the club face so you can see where you’re making contact with the golf ball at impact.
Then make adjustments to your golf swing until you are striking it pure like the PGA Tour Pro’s.
Your second option is seeking out a professional golf swing instructor who can help you square up the club face at impact. Most golf swing coaches will record you on video and slow it down so you can clearly see where you can make fixes to square up the face at impact.
Once you are hitting the ball pure and can consistently square up the face for better ball striking, you should immediately see a difference in how far you hit the golf ball.
Your next step is increasing your swing speed while still maintaining control and good ball striking.
It’s easier said than done and will take many hours of fine tuning as well as thousands of range balls. But the end result is hitting the golf ball far off the tee and this can make the game much easier for you.
You’ll face closer approach shots, which often times will be a short iron or a wedge and give you more control compared to hitting 7 iron and 6 iron approach shots. This will then lead to more greens in regulation and more birdie opportunities.
Overall, this is the true reality if you want to hit the golf ball far.
You must work on improving your ball striking and swing speed in combo with each other to create a high smash factor.
If you can add weight and muscle to your frame, that should also give you more power but only if you learn how to use your body weight properly to add power to your swings. Just swinging harder won’t necessarily work and can lead to inconsistent golf shots.
Thanks for reading today’s truth to hitting the golf ball farther. If you want to improve your golf scores quickly, start by working on short game.
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