and Exercises to Help Increase Your Distance
Pinnacle Long Drive Team Elite Member
How can I take this golf
ball that I am looking at and knock the inside
out of it? Many of us who love to golf have
looked down at that sweet little ball and have
uttered those very words.
These thoughts come to
us because there are times when everything works
perfectly in our swing and we hit an AWESOME
DRIVE. You know what I mean, one of those drives
that make us walk a little taller and breathe
a little deeper. For that moment in time we
can play all the great players that the game
has ever produced. We stroll to our ball in
the middle of the fairway, we check the wind
and we set-up for another moment in greatness.
We pull our club of destruction and we proceed
to hit our next great shot….however, as
we look to follow its flight we see it head
straight for the woods. Unwanted has returned
abruptly and uninvited back to our current round.As
we know, hitting our drives farther has many
advantages. The biggest advantage is the fact
that your second and subsequent shots are closer
to the green. This is not rocket science folks.
Which one of you would not like to hit one or
two less clubs for your second shot? All things
being equal, most of us would prefer to hit
our 7 iron rather than our 5 iron. Give me a
9 iron any day over my 7 iron, or even my 8
I mention these things
to help us look at an area of the golf swing
where I personally see people struggle. Many
people mistakenly believe that if they swing
harder that they will be able to hit the ball
longer. It is true that greater club head speed
can help produce distance when all other aspects
of the swing are optimal such as launch angle
(See Chris Mitson’s Current Chop Shop
Article regarding being properly fitted for
a shaft). However, there is a BIG difference
between generating more club head speed and
simply swing harder.The top long drive distance
champions can achieve great club head speed.
These swing speeds can achieve speeds in excess
of 140 miles per hour (mph). However, compare
this speed with those of PGA Tour Players whose
speeds may top out at 125 mph, and keep in mind
that the tour average is well below this speed.
My focus for us this time
is increasing our FLEXIBILITY. Here are a few
of my favorite exercises which I use, and which
I think most golfers can benefit from to help
increase driving distance.
Thanks for reading, and
hit them straight!
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