Here’s a question I always get: how do I hit the ball further? The answer is simple, but it takes dedication and practice to master. First, let’s review what happens when you swing your club so that we can understand some of the factors that influence distance control.
Find Your Right Height
First, find your right height. One of the most common problems with hitting a golf ball farther is a lack of consistency in your swing. The first step to improving this consistency is ensuring you’re hitting the ball at the same height every time.
To find your ideal hitting height, stand outside in front of a mirror and have someone hold up a tape measure from shoulder height (you should have it parallel to the ground). Your eye should be positioned where the line on the tape measure meets their hands for each swing, so be sure to take lots of swings and check in with them throughout so they can adjust as needed.
Once you’ve found an ideal position for yourself, practice making sure all of your swings hit at least this distance from waist level or higher.
Next comes feet placement: Make sure they are parallel! This ensures that both legs will provide equal power on each stroke and allows you greater control over directionality when necessary (and it’s also just good form). Your feet should also be shoulder width apart when standing straight up; if possible, try stepping out slightly more onto one side than another depending on which hand holds clubs (righties keep right foot back; lefties keep left foot back).
Proper Wrist Action
When you swing a golf club, your wrists should be relaxed, straight, and firm.
To put it another way:
- Your right hand should form an L-shape with the clubface and forearm.
- Your left hand should form a triangle shape with the clubface and forearm.
- You should curl both sets of fingers to create a fulcrum that helps keep the shaft in alignment with the target line during impact.
The most crucial thing is to avoid bending or locking your wrists during your swing—that’s when they’re likely to break down and cause injury or poor contact.
The Timing of Your Legs and Body Work
The key to hitting the ball farther is to be in the right stance.
A good stance gives you stability, balance, and power. It also helps you hit it straight or high, which is what you want when you’re trying to improve your game.
The right stance has several components:
- Your feet should parallel each other, with your heels in line with the target. You should face toward the target and have a slight bend in your knees – not too much or too little!
- Your arms should hang loosely at your sides with your elbows slightly bent so they’re pointing forward as if they were holding clubs.
Find a Solid Stance Position
As you move up the golf ranks, you will find that your stance will vary slightly depending on the club. For example, your driver and fairway woods may have a bit more weight on the left foot than the irons do.
While every golfer is somewhat unique, some things remain constant for everyone.
Your stance should be comfortable for you—you should not have to force yourself into it at all! If something does not feel right when practicing or on the course, notice it and adjust until it feels natural again.
Ensure your iron swing is consistent with your driver/fairway wood swing so as not to throw off rhythm or timing during playtime! To keep things simple, try using one type of grip (varying from person to person) when using all clubs, so there are no surprises during playtime!
Remember these tips next time you go out onto the course or visit some indoor golf NY clubs this winter.
If you can follow these simple tips, you will be able to hit the ball farther. You need a little more practice and patience in finding the perfect swing to help you increase your distance on the course!
Travis Dillard is a business consultant and an organizational psychologist based in Arlington, Texas. Passionate about marketing, social networks, and business in general. In his spare time, he writes a lot about new business strategies and digital marketing for DigitalStrategyOne.