After reading and researching on how to hit long drives, I have come to the conclusion that there is no set standard. Each player has a slightly different swing and this causes challenges to come up with a definitive way to hit long drives. I realize that there is a foundation for the proper swing and I think I found a video that offers a step by step process for hitting the long ball. When I watched it, I felt that as a single digit handicapper it fit my swing more than most, so I thought it was worth talking about.
The technique to hitting a long drive is slightly different from hitting irons. There are a couple of extra steps that I do not perform with my irons such as the shoulder tilt. Regardless, I do like the way Rickard Stronghert, touring professional, takes us through setting up for hitting the driver; especially how to set up our spine angel and shoulder tilt.
I am always on the look for simple, repeatable and effective ways to improve my game. Watching a step by step video is helpful. Unfortunately, Rickard did not expand on other important aspects like ball position and follow through. This would have made the whole video complete. Trying to find short videos such as the above one with all the information needed for even one swing is a challenge. So, I recommend focusing on the few important parts of the video that applies to your game.
One often overlooked aspect of trying to hit the ball long is keeping our hands, wrists and forearms loose. If you ever wondered about why this is important, well Rickard explains if perfectly. Loose grip and forearms produce a faster swing because they can easily flow through the entire swing. They allow for a great freedom of movement and that equates a faster club head speed. Faster club head speed allows for long drives. It seems simple now that it was explained, but for some reason amateurs like ourselves overlook this important tip about hitting the ball long.
Hitting long drives is always fun! Hitting them straight is even better. Creating the proper setup is key to success off the tee and I hope today’s article helps in some way to improve your game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!