The Complete Guide to Maximizing Driver Distance

Dan Gold
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Golfers Don’t Hit it That Far

Don’t be fooled by the long drives of PGA Tour players. The majority of the world’s best golfers are not the longest hitters on Tour. It’s simply not that simple.

For those of you who are regular recreational golfers, I am sure you have experienced the frustration of not being able to hit the ball as far as you would like. Why is it so difficult to break 200-yards in golf?

I know this is probably the million-dollar question every golfer would love to have answered. As with most things in life, the more you know about the process, the better you will understand it.

That’s why this post is for all golfers who would love to hit the ball forever. Continue reading, and I’ll show you what I mean.

Play the Right Driver

If you are an avid golfer and find that your drives are leaving you plenty of extra time on the clock to hit the next few shots that you will hopefully make with ease, chances are you are lacing up a “game improvement” driver. These drivers are technologically advanced and usually touted as “safer” clubs than the traditional wooden driver heads made of steel.

In most cases, when you use a game improvement driver, you will not feel as though you are threading a needle with a needle, like you may with a conventional driver. You will also not feel that you are leaving yourself with a pinpoint shot selection that is so easy to make. Instead, you are leaving yourself with a big boom-or-bust shot.

Shorten Your Shaft

The shaft is the section of your driver that determines its length and the type of club you will play. Every manufacturer has a different dimension for their shaft, and you need to familiarize yourself with the different shaft lengths before you make a purchase.

The first thing you need to do is have an understanding of the proper shaft length for your height, golfing style, and what you’re trying to accomplish.

While the standard length for any driver is 42.5 inches, you do have a couple of other options:

If you’re looking for more control over the ball, go with a longer shaft that would allow you to open your club face more. If you’re hoping for more distance on your drives, opt for a shorter driver.

Don’t worry about the extra distance as long as you get the size right for your height, otherwise you could end up hitting the ball with the wrong part of the club.

Many golf drivers come with a stock shaft, and if you’re a beginner, you should keep things simple and stick with it.

But if you want to make an adjustment, you can get it professionally cut. Just bring your driver down to a golf pro shop and see what they can do.

Improve Your Impact Location

One of the basic concepts involved in maximizing driver distance is improving your impact location. By a combination of the grip of the clubface on the ball, the location of the shaft and clubface when you make contact and the amount of flex or the ability of the shaft to bend upon impact, which is a major factor in the amount of high launching shot you get.

To make sure that the clubface and the shaft make the impact on line with the target you should ensure the clubface face is square to the ball at impact and that you don’t rotate closed at impact. The shaft should be in line with the clubface at impact as this also helps ensure consistency with shots.

When you create an impact position where the shaft is in line with the club face you will see a positive change in how high and how far you hit the golf ball.

Hit Up On It

The driver in a golf game is the first and the most effective golf club in taking shots that travel the greatest distance.

Because of this, mastering the driver is kind of a must in the golf game. In this piece, I am going to share with you some of the best skills to increase the driver’s distance and help you break through that limit.

Here’s What I Have…

  • Use a driver loft according to your skill level
  • Practice your swing
  • Master more loft

It’s not the loft. It’s not the driver’s length. Neither is it the golf ball. It’s the golfer’s skill level.

Well, your skill level takes the primary point of the picture and it is the most effective element in increasing the driver’s distance.

It’s a natural fact that the weaker the golfer you are, the more loft you will need!

Since more loft equates to longer shots, it’s a direct way to increase the total distance of your drives. The more skilled ones are often using lower numbers of loft.

Find The Right Tee Height

Depending on the number of drivers you have, finding the right tee height can be very helpful. While this does not impact the overall distance of your drive, it does help to keep you in a ready position for the other shots of the hole.

If you are struggling shooting over the green, you may be hitting your tee shots too high. If this is the case, I would recommend lowering your tee height to make your tee shots more accurate.

I am best at hitting my tee shots when my driver is at a height that my toes are pointed downward while standing at the tee. I am not saying you should do it exactly the same as me, but you should have a general idea of what is right.

There are times where my tee height is a little higher but never lower than what I have just recommended. Depending on your body and the type of tee shots you are trying to hit, this may work for you too.

Swing Faster (not harder)

One of the things golfers always seem to want to work on is increasing distance.

The problem is that a lot of effort is usually put into gaining more distance by trying to swing the club faster.

The issue with trying to swing faster is that it requires increased speed at the arms, which in turn increases the speed at the club head. And this isn’t a good thing.

You see, in order to increase the speed of the club, you need to increase the strength of your back muscles.

And as you probably already know, strength is a double-edge sword.

Throwing on additional back strength will put additional strain on the arms, which will in turn create slower hands. As a result, speed at the club head will decrease, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to get more distance.

So what’s the solution to getting more distance?

Instead of looking to add more strength at the arms and speed at the club head, you should look to increase the speed of the hands and arms relative to each other.

This will help you avoid adding unnecessary back strength, while increasing the club head speed.

Of course, this is easier said than done.

Wrapping It Up

While the accuracy and consistency aspects of driving are fairly important, power is one of the main components of driving.

Mastering your long game is important and with the right intentions and a bit of practice, you can easily slice a few strokes off your score. But make sure you know your short game is good as well cause you never know when your short game will save your round.

Remember that driving isn’t simply just about the technical side of it. There’s a lot you can learn from listening to a professional long driver like Dustin Johnson. He says that there’s a lot of mental toughness involved in hitting your target from the tee.

Gilbert says that you are always working on your game and driving is still a work in progress. You just need to keep trying and don’t get comfortable with what you’re doing.