We’ve covered pro tips on how to reduce your putting average, but before you concern yourself with getting your ball into the hole in the fewest strokes possible, let’s focus on how best to get the ball TO the green. We are going back to basics here to give you the most effective ways to get some distance off the tee.
Making sure your posture is correct, with your weight over your thighs, and your belt buckle facing the ball. Your weight goes to the inside of your right heel, through to the ball and onto your left foot, just as if you were throwing a ball. One drill you can use to encourage proper transfer of weight is to actually shift your feet as you swing. On the downswing step left, swing through, and bring your right foot to your left. This will give more power to your swing, and allow the ball to travel even further distances. Watch the video
One way to make sure you’re the correct distance from the tee is to set up to the ball, then attempt to lift your heels and wiggle your toes. If you can’t lift your heels, you’re most likely too far away from the ball. If you can’t wiggle your toes, you’re too close. Next, let go of the club with your right hand and make sure you can pass it through between the butt end of the club and your body. Watch the video
Want longer and straighter shots off the tee? If barely hanging on is a zero and gripping as tightly as you can is a 10, you want to be at a 4. A loose grip causes you re-grip the club on the downswing, resulting in decreased swing speed. Watch the video
Starting in golf-proper position, reverse the direction of the club, holding it just below the club head. Using a nice, relaxed motion, swing the club through, making sure that the “woosh” noise happens near the ball rather than behind it. Watch the video
Make sure your shoulder is turned over your right thigh on the backswing, allowing for more upper body torque and a more powerful, explosive swing. Watch the video
Imagining that the ball is a globe, and the midline of the ball the equator, the top half of the ball should be above the top of the driver. Teeing the ball too high will make the ball fly straight up in the air, teeing the ball too low will drive the ball into the ground—but teeing the ball so that the imaginary line of the equator falls just above the top of the driver will encourage the ball to travel farther and straighter. Watch the video
Reversing the backswing to “out to under” instead of “under to over”. Get the club head to stay outside your hands on the backswing and drop it inside on the downswing. Watch the video
Using a driving range basket held between your elbows, this drill will help you keep your elbows and torso aligned and tighter, promoting a better backswing and simplifying your downswing. Watch the video
Use the wide variety of golf ball technology to your advantage, using different balls in different situations. Most amateur, high-handicap golfers should be playing with a high-spin long shot ball, low-spin short shot ball. On a firm, dry course, for example, you can play the Titleist Pro V1 for more spin, while on a softer course, you could play a ball like the Titleist Pro V1x. Watch the video
We hope you found something useful here. Let us know if you find any of these successful in improving your distance off of the tee! Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest Golf Tips articles.