The mantra of most instructors these days is "Swing easy and keep it in the fairway." When's the last time you heard someone say "I'm not going left of trees, I'm not going right of the trees, I'm going over the trees with a little draw." (Roy McAvoy, Tin Cup)
Have you ever seen Tiger swing his driver easy? Me neither.
So this week let's discuss how to hit the ball far and not leave anything in the bag.
For starters, forget the notion of hitting 325-yard drives. "Not gonna happen." While we're throwing that out the window, let's also toss out the idea of out-driving your fellow golfing companions. These two thoughts alone are directly related to your inability to hit the long ball. The key word here is tension.
"What? I thought we were discussing how to hit it far?" We are. In case you haven't learned yet, golf is game of opposites. You swing left, the ball goes right. You swing down, the ball goes up. Does it not fit into this game of opposites that not trying to hit the ball far is how you do it? Follow along; I am about to share some insider tips that would make Martha Stewart perk up.
Follow these instructions carefully and unlock the beast within!
- Loosen your grip. This will allow you the pliability your hands need to properly un-cock themselves at impact. Watch Sergio Garcia, he is a little guy who generates tremendous power with his hands. All you white-knucklers out there, ease up will ya!
- Take a three-quarters swing. Most amateurs over-swing. Attempting to load too much power in the back swing does this. By consciously limiting your swing length, you will be enhancing the compact nature of your swing and creating a square club face at impact. Why does Tiger's ball go far? Because his club face is square!
- Let the Ball get in the way. The golf swing is all about the club. Not the ball. Do not try to hit the ball hard. Do not even try to hit the ball. Let the ball get in the way of a perfect set-up and swing and it will go far! Think about that perfect practice swing you take. You just know if you could put that swing on the ball — Look out! Well then, just step up and pretend the ball is not even there. A fluid motion like that will allow you to swing through the ball, not at it.
With these tiny nuggets of knowledge you may not be able to carry that last bunker at your home course from the tips, but you might just find yourself setting up to hit an 8 iron from the fairway and not a four iron from behind a tree.