HIT IT BET­TER, NOT HARDER

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life | Equipment -

i started this ar­ti­cle by say­ing that swing­ing for max­i­mum dis­tance gets you in trou­ble. But the re­al­ity is, some holes re­quire your long­est drive for you to have a chance to make a good score. There are ac­cept­able ways to in­crease dis­tance, ways that don’t ex­pose you to wild misses. You need the dis­ci­pline to fol­low a plan, not just swing harder.

First, re­alise that the best way to turn speed into dis­tance is to hit the ball with the mid­dle of the club­face – and that comes from stay­ing in con­trol. Be de­lib­er­ate on the back­swing; give your­self time to wind up be­fore you start down. Your in­stinct might be to go harder from the top, but that’ll cause you to waste your speed too soon. Make your down­swing from the ground up: Shift your lower body to­wards the tar­get, keep­ing your shoul­ders turned, and let the club fall to the in­side. Then you can ac­cel­er­ate through and get the dis­tance you need.

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