How To Hit The Golf Ball Further

Hitting the long shots is much more than just an ego thing (though it feels oddly satisfying letting one rip through the sky to oblivion).

Long balls,

  • Improve your score and allow you to play better golf.
  • Get you to the sweet spots on the course (or not, depending on your accuracy) for your next shot.

When I say hitting long shots, it means hitting your driver more than the 216 yards that the average amateur golfer hits a golf ball with their driver. Compare these stats with Bryson Dechambeau, who averaged 337.8 yards during the 2020 PGA tour.

Seriously, you need to increase your carry if you want to play in the big league and shoot lower golf scores overall.

Applying a few tweaks in your game will add some extra yards to your shot.

Of course, you won’t immediately hit it as far as guys like Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson after applying these tips, but you’ll likely outshine other amateur golfers in the short run.

Please note, there are no magic genies or elves who can fix all your distance problems with a whiff of magic dust.

It takes hard work, training, and discipline to hit further.

The good news is that it’s possible to improve your range by a substantial margin if you work on it.

Before you even pick up a club to make a long shot, consider the following.

Ball control

Controlling your shots is a vital skill you need to play good golf. Most players make the worst mistakes when playing the long balls.

This is because players mistakenly blast balls with too much energy believing that it will improve their carry.

Although more energy indeed equals more flight, having an out-of-control ball is counterproductive. It will be useless to have a monster that completely misses the greens and lands in a sandbox or water.

Remember, the main aim of long shots is to make your subsequent strokes easier. Always ensure that your long shot gets you closer to your target.

Don’t break something

Yes, you read that right.

Don’t strain your back, pop a shoulder, or twist your ankle when hitting long, power focused golf shots.

Before executing a dangerous, scary, or difficult task, your body preps itself. Your testosterone levels hit the roof, and your body prepares for a fight.

In this state, it’s easy to overdo the golf swing and seriously injure yourself. Always ensure that you’re in a relaxed frame of mind before attempting this shot.

Consistency

Very few players can hit long shots consistently. Yes, once in a while, you may hit a monster shot. But how many times can you produce long accurate shots?

I bet not so many times.

More often than not, you will have to contend with tops, shanks, flops, and other embarrassing fails. For your long shots to make any sense, you have to learn how to hit them consistently, all day and every day.

I’m sure it sounds like a pipe dream, but the pros do it all the time and make it look effortless. What is their secret? Keep reading, and you will find out how.

Golf shot basics

There are two main things you must master before you can successfully hit the long shots.

A) Club Dynamics

So many things about your golf game revolve around your club.

This include,

  • Club Loft
  • Attack angle
  • Dynamic Loft
  • Clubhead speed

A golf club is perhaps the most misunderstood piece of golf equipment.

You probably apply ”a one shoe fits all” approach when playing a round of golf.

Sure, you know better than to use a wedge for your tees.

But do you know the science of how your club affects your shot?

For starters, there are a few qualities of your club that you must consider before playing a round of golf.

1. Loft

A club’s loft refers to the angle of inclination of a club face skyward.

A sand wedge with more loft will likely have less horizontal reach than a less lofted club like a standard driver.

This is because a more lofted club presents a positive attack angle to the ball, meaning greater height and less horizontal reach.

Look at a typical golf chart showing the relationship between loft and carry

As seen from the chart, increasing loft reduces your yardage.

Of course, the loft isn’t the only factor that affects your carry, but it still matters a lot.

The loft mainly affects the attack angle of the club, which changes the distance covered.

2. Attack angle

Attack angle refers to the vertical up and down movement of the club at the point of impact.

If the club hits the ball on the upswing, then it’s a positive angle of attack, and on the downswing, it’s a negative angle of attack.

Attack angles affect the height and carry of your ball.

Even a 5-degree difference in attack angle causes more than a 10-yard difference in yardage.

Don’t believe me? Check the stats below.

3. Dynamic Loft

Exactly how do the pros hit long shots consistently?

Mastering dynamic loft could be the reason.

What’s the difference between dynamic loft and club loft?

There is a world of difference between the two, but the main one is that dynamic loft is impact-specific while the club manufacturer determines club loft.

What is a dynamic Loft?

Dynamic loft refers to the angle of your club surface at the point of maximum impact between the club and ball relative to the horizon.

The dynamic loft, especially for a driver, depends on your swing technique, tee height, and body positioning relative to the ball.

You can’t talk about dynamic loft without including the smash factor.

Smash factor refers to the ratio of club speed and the ball speed immediately after the point of impact.

OR

How well energy is transferred from your club to the ball at the point of impact.

1.50 is a good smash factor; this means that a club moving at 100 mph will cause the ball to shoot at a speed of 150 mph from the impact point.

Unfortunately, most amateurs barely get past a 1.4 smash factor.

This means that you’re losing more than 10 % efficiency in your shots for every swing of your club.

Look at a typical smash factor for the professionals.

Smash factor boils down to the basic, how well you present your club during the swing.

If you can manage to hit the ball on the sweet spot with maximum smash factor consistently, consider yourself on the fast lane to becoming a pro.

4. Clubhead Speed

The speed of your club is a huge deal.

A lot depends on your club speed, including your carry, accuracy, and ball height.

Physics teaches us that you can only transfer energy between two bodies.

Well, that’s what happens when the club hits the ball. At the point of impact, the club transfers its kinetic energy to the ball.

The transfer in kinetic energy between the club and ball will determine the ball speed, which is the primary determinant in your ball’s carry.

A faster-moving club has more kinetic energy and thus will push the ball further than a slower-moving club.

B) Positioning

In golf, as with most things in life, 80% of your time and effort goes to preparation while 20% on execution.

Not following this 80-20 rule is why you aren’t hitting those monster shots.

Your setup includes.

  • Your stance.
  • Position of the ball relative to your body.
  • Your club grip.
  • Your Tee height.

1. Your stance

Any good golf coach will tell you that your stance is the single most crucial factor in your game.

Not your club speed, attack angle, club loft, or the plethora of golf metrics that rule our game today.

To get longer and more accurate shots, apply the best shooting stance.

Best practices include,

  • Not leaning too back or too front when taking shots.
  • Always keep a straight back.
  • Swing your hips to generate power.
  • Bend your knees slightly.
  • Slightly widening your stance, Aim to have it somewhat past shoulder width.
  • Raise your lead shoulder slightly higher than your trailing shoulder. (You can remove your right shoes for right-handed golfers. This will tilt your spine and bend your shoulder)
  • Proper weight distribution. For righties, shift your weight more to the right foot when taking your shot. A 60-40 weight ratio is optimal.

Shift your weight as you move through the shot and finish with most of your weight on the left foot.

2. Ball positioning

Different clubs require different ball positioning. A driver will require your ball to be slightly forward of your midline, while a club iron will require your ball to be more in your midline.

In essence, it depends on whether you want to catch your ball on the up or downswing.

Best practice during ball positioning would be to move your ball back an inch for each type of club, starting from your longest club (driver) to your shortest club (Pitching wedge)

For a driver, position your ball more to the inside of your left heel, shoulder, or ear. Alternatively, make sure your left toe points to your ball.

This will allow you to have a long swing and catch the ball on the upstroke.

3. Club grip

How well do you grip your club?

I bet you never thought of this before, but did you know your grip directly determines your carry and accuracy?

Trust me. It’s the little things that count.

You probably clutch your club too tightly, fearing that it might fly off during your swing. That’s the most common mistake most golfers make with their clubs.

What’s the correct grip pressure?

On a scale of 1-10, a grip pressure of 5 is perfect. Ensure that your grip doesn’t restrict wrist movement.

What exactly happens when the grip is too tight? You will lose distance. A tight grip restricts your wrist hinge. As you go through the shot, you will not fully release your club, reducing the smash factor.

A lighter grip will allow your wrist to extend fully, giving your club maximum momentum at impact, enabling an excellent follow-through.

Poor swing.

You need a smooth, fluid swing that maximizes speed, attack angle, and smash factor for maximum ball distance.

An extra tight grip makes your swing awkward and doesn’t allow your arms, hips, and shoulders to stretch fully for maximum distance.

Injuries

Do you know that a tight grip increases the chances of injury?

When you clasp your club too tightly, it means that you have to force your shoulders, hips, and knees to turn more aggressively during shots.

This increases the chances of spraining your shoulder, hips, or ankle.

To achieve a proper grip, let the thumb of your lead arm fit snugly into the clasp of your trailing arm.

4. Tee Height

Your tee is perhaps the most underrated piece of equipment in your bag or pocket right now.

Your tee is so much more than just a piece of golf accessory; it’s your launch to stardom (no pun intended)

Properly fixing your tee height allows you to hit those howitzers that fly for miles. How?

Your tee allows you to connect with the ball with the best attack angle, especially for drivers. You get to hit it on the upswing by raising the ball, which translates to excellent carries.

An adequately set tee ensures that the club face and ball interact at just the right angle, multiplying the smash factor needed to launch the long-range balls.

The correct height of the tee depends on many different variables, such as club length and swinging technique.

To get the proper tee height, experiment with different tee positions until you get the perfect one for you.

A step by step guide for hitting long balls

Step 1 = Position yourself correctly.

A great position allows you to

  • Swing your shoulder fully
  • Balance your weight—60% on the trailing foot and 40 % on the lead foot.

How to Do It Correctly:

  • Take a stand facing the ball.
  • Ensure that your club rests on the ground properly.
  • Lean in moderately. Your back should be inclined at no more than 30 degrees.
  • Keep your spine straight at all times.
  • Raise your lead shoulder slightly and bend your knees.
  • Watch your club grip; make sure it’s not too tight.
  • Your ball should be slightly forward of your midline.

Step 2 = Execution

Start with your club at shoulder level. Make sure your feet are well planted. Slightly greater than shoulder width is perfect. Your clothes shouldn’t constrict your movements.

Swing the club with a sweeping motion. Use your hips, not your torso, to turn. Try to execute a complete shoulder turn.

Finish your turn with most of your weight leaning on your lead foot. Make sure you create a whipping effect with your club. This will add distance to your shot. Aim to catch your ball on the upswing for drivers. This will improve your dynamic loft and attack angle.

Aim to catch the ball at the center of your clubface to improve your smash factor. Finish the shot with high hands.

Pro-Tip – Do a couple of dry runs to get you into the groove before the main shot.

Step 3 – Follow Through

Commit to your shot and follow through. Make sure you complete a full turn of the shoulder. This ensures maximum kinetic energy in your arms transfer to the ball at impact.

FAQs

1. Can seniors hit long balls?

Yes, any person who is in reasonable physical shape can hit long shots.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a hulk to send one away to the fairway. The most crucial factor is the technique used.

2. Is the driver the club that hits the furthest?

Yes.

Under standard conditions, the driver hits furthest. This boils down to the design of the club and the manner of playing.

The driver has:

  • The longest shaft
  • The smallest loft
  • Plays the ball on a tee.

All these qualities make the driver launch balls to greater distances compared to other clubs in your bag.

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