HIT IT BETTER, NOT HARDER
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.