It is challenging to hit the ball a long way. In some cases, it is challenging to hit the ball at all. Interestingly, regardless of who you talk too, most golfers over-estimate the distance they can hit the ball. A perfect example is “The Rock” claiming he hit the ball 490 yards and John Daly disputing his long tale. I am not sure exactly what went on, but I am leaning towards Daly and would have to see it to believe it.
Creating power in golf is very important to lowering golf scores. Currently, I hit the ball on average about 240 yards off the tee with my driver. This is not a long distance by any means and it is the greatest weakness in my game. Fortunately, I hit my ball straight most of the time and that makes up for being considered a short hitter.
With the golf season just around the corner, it is time to focus on areas of improvement to reach my goal of being a scratch golfer. After some thought, creating power or club head speed is my number on goal this year. I have talked to 4 teaching professionals and all have stated the same thing: I need to create more separation between my hips and shoulders to create more power.
You can see from my set up above that everything looks pretty good, except during the start of my down swing. I do not create the separation between my shoulders and hips to increase my club head speed. I am not sure exactly how I am going to accomplish this change, but fortunately, I have time to figure that out.
Lets not forget that this minor or major change will influence other aspects of my swing like grip tension, tempo, balance, weight distribution, and follow through. Nothing is ever changed in isolation in the golf swing.
As the spring approaches, I am going to focus more on my flexibly before I hit the range for the first time. I have worked on my fitness and flexibility will have to take a front seat for a bit. Additionally, I will be looking for some drills to improve my driving distance so if you know any, please pass them on.
Lastly, I will need to manage my expectations. I am not trying to boom the ball out 300 yards because I do not believe that is possible. However, averaging 255 – 265 yards with my driver over the year is realistic and would make a tremendous difference to lowering my golf scores. Now I have a goal, time to create the plan.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!