How to hit the golf ball farther.

I did a post called (LINK) The REAL secrets to hitting the golf ball farther and I have posted it a few times.

That is some of the things you can work on to get more distance. However, today I am going to talk about some intangible ways that are all too often missed.

1. Not being afraid-Nothing slows down clubhead speed more than being afraid of hitting the ball crooked and trying to steer it down the fairway. You are not only going to hit the ball farther, but also straighter more often when you accelerate the club to your maximum controlled limit. Golfers remember the one time they just put a “smooth” move on it and just tried to hit it in play. They forget the other 9 times out of 10 where they put the steer job on and hit it both short and crooked. The more controlled acceleration you create, the more centrifugal force releases the club properly…and more consistently proper. As I have said before, the whole “swing smooth” concept is a cop-out for having bad balance.

2. Hitting the ball solid-I don’t care what launch monitors and Trackman tell you about shafts, spin rate and all other sorts of info to cloud your mind. If you hit the ball solid, it will go farther than a ball with perfect numbers. Of course a solid shot with perfect numbers will go the farthest, but solid is your first priority. So don’t be creating something funky in your move because some “expert” said you would hit it farther if you bring your spin rate down 300 rpm’s. Create things in your move that help you hit the ball solid and the numbers will take care of themselves.

3. Don’t change equipment every time you go through a bad stretch-Again, don’t get me wrong, equipment that fits you and getting good numbers on the computer are great, but those are results, not causes. Having a driver that you know how to hit solid is better than constantly changing to one that suits your “numbers” on a given day.

4. Make sure your swing and setup improvements free you up-I will put swing changes in three categories. The ones that free you up, the ones that get in your way and the ones that will make you swing perfectly according to all available info. Guess what? Category 3 isn’t always good and often falls into category 2. Swings are individual and sometimes, the unorthodox works…and sometimes, a variation of what is “correct” works better. It’s all in how it allows your body to move. You want a swing that fits your body and an “on plane” swing with perfect mechanics doesn’t fit everyone. Ask Furyk, Nicklaus, Trevino, etc. You need a swing that will allow you both physically and mentally to create the maximum speed you are capable of…not a perfect swing, or some severe angled mess to create false power you can’t control.

Shameless Plug 😀 -I believe I can help with #4-Link to




  1. banchiline

    You helped me with #4 .

    I’m a fundamental freak & it goes to show how easily we can get off on set-up & posture . Bad set-up calls for manipulation usually results in bad ball flight .

    I do however……………agree it is just fine to have “individual” traits in ones on swing .

    thanks Monte

  2. Bob34

    Just some comments based on your previous posts that apply to this one;
    1) To me, this one is synonomous with just commiting to the shot. For a short, fat, bald, old, good lookin guy, I can hit the ball a decent distance 🙂
    2) This goes with number 4 and since my lesson with you 2 months ago, I’ve only worked on what you gave me. As it’s becoming more natural, #1 also gets better.
    3) N/A for me. I did buy a whole new set at the end of 2009 but that’s after playing with the same clubs for the previous 5 years.
    4) I need to work on & help with 100 yards and in. I’m decent but want to be excellent in this area.

  3. Bob34

    Oh yeah, speaking of #4, if you ever get the inclination, thoughts on bunker play would be great especially in regards to inconsistant sand. A lot of the courses here in VA and NC are very inconsistant, a lot of sand, no sand, thick granuled sand, soft sugary sand, fluffy dirt, hard dirt, we get it all not only from course to course but hole to hole on the same course 🙁 Needless to say, I’m not usally very committed to those shots and I don’t usually pull them off very well. I do good in the practise bunkers but the texture and type of sand in those is often different than what’s on the course.


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