When it comes to golf, there is one thing that every golfer wants – more distance. Driving the ball long and straight is a vital skill that any golfer should work on optimizing, no matter their skill level. Plus, increasing driver distance is a rewarding feeling. It is a confidence builder (especially since it makes you look good in front of other players), and it makes your game easier.
That is because, with increased distance, you will enjoy shorter approach shots and a better overall golf score. But how do you achieve those elusive gains? We recently asked our Golf Pro, Keith Kelly, for his input. Here is what he had to say:
“Most students come to me looking for more distance with their clubs. The first thing we always address is using the lower body to turn the club and generate speed. The common fault is swaying their weight and trying to hit the ball too hard with the upper body. Swaying causes two errors that kill speed.
The first is the contact with the ball. If you are swaying, there is a good chance your center is not going to be in the correct position at impact. This in turn takes speed away because you are striking the face in the center of the club. Second, your lower body is where most of your strength is concentrated. By speeding up the lower body instead of focusing on the upper body, you will be in a better position for impact.
Your strikes will become more solid, and your accuracy will become much better. A good drill to feel lower body turn is to put your feet together and hit balls. This will force you to turn correctly and not sway.”
As with most anything, practice is key. Work on Keith’s recommended drill for two to three weeks, and you will see results. All it takes is a little time, effort, and patience.
For other ways to improve your game, we’re happy to help – especially if you are just starting to learn how to play golf.) Our friendly golf pros offer both private and group lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. What’s more, playing our award-winning Weiskopf/Morrish-designed course is a wonderfully entertaining activity you will not soon forget. We invite you to experience it for yourself — call the Pro Shop to arrange lessons, or go ahead and book your tee time online today.