Increase Your Distance Off the Tee

When I was researching how to increase my distance off the tee, I found that there was one tip that continued to pop up. It was mentioned by the instructors as the first thing they would do to increase their driving distance. More importantly, this tip focuses on senior players because of the increasing physical limitations experience in the golden years of their career. I have already adopted this tip years ago (not that I am all that old at 57) because it felt natural and comfortable. Maybe this tip will be beneficial for your game too. 

As Loren Roberts (a PGA and Champions Tour golf professional) suggests, moving to a closed stance will improve your rotation and improve your clubhead speed. I think this is a great idea for many players, especially seniors.

In addition to clubhead speed, once I started closing my stance I rarely slice or push the ball. This one move has improved my golf scores and confidence. My friend Blair says that I am driving the ball better now than I did 10 years ago. I have to agree. By closing my stance, I am able to complete a longer swing with less effort and more consistency. Being able to hit the fairway at the 240 / 250 range more often than not helps lower my scores. Also, every once in a while, I stripe a tee shot and reach the 280 to 290 distance. On those days, I wish I could bottle my swing for use on other days. But that is why we practice, right?

There are several other tips out there for seniors to improve their game. Closing your stance with the woods and long irons is the most consistent. I am not a professional teacher, but I can say from personal experience that there are many benefits to making this stance change. I would recommend it if you want lower, more consistent golf scores.

Any thoughts?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


4 thoughts on “Increase Your Distance Off the Tee

  1. Closing your stance can help increase distance a bit not only because it might help you turn a bit more but because it helps you change the path of your swing and decrease the fade/slice spin you might put on the ball. But I think casting is more likely to be our biggest distance killer. I’ve seen it in a video of your swing and I’ve seen it in more than one of mine over the years. Those longer drives we get on occasion are more likely to be because we didn’t release early than any other reason.

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  2. Jim, I think messing with alignment is a double edge sword, and a sharp one at that. I get the idea of trying to make more of a hip turn going back for those who have lost flexibility but it seems this tip is more suitable for the advanced player who understands swing path and ball flight mechanics. The average joe struggles most of the time to keep himself square and would greatly benefit from fixing an unintentional closed or open stance.



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    • Brian

      Great point about understanding changes we make to any part of our swing. Seniors will benefit more from this tip than the young players with rubber backs. Thanks for weighing in.

      Cheers Jim


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