Everyone is looking for more distance. Distance is always on the front pages of golf media and most likely always will be. At the minute it is Bryson Dechambeau who is centre of attention with his new approach to his own game.
Over the years there has been a lot of contradictory information on how to create more distance. This post is going to be short and sweet. I want to try and highlight the keys things that you can do with your swing today to create more speed.
When you look at the long divers throughout the history of the game there are a few obvious things you notice. Like anything there are always outliers but over 90% of the longest ever tick the same boxes.
Let’s get straight to the points I like to see from my players when they are trying to create more distance:
- Full Shoulder Turn
A full shoulder turn is going to help you generate more torque. Now this doesn’t mean you need incredible flexibility. If you struggle with creating a full shoulder turn then simply free up the hips and the upper body can rotate more. If this means lifting the lead heel then so be it. The one thing you don’t want to do is restrict the hips motion. It will be very hard to create a full shoulder turn from here and its so hard to deliver the club from the inside from this position.
I have added Freddie Couples to the image gallery. As you can see at the top of his swing he has very little hip turn and has been a long player throughout his career but has struggled long term with serious back problems. Let the hips move, let the shoulder go further.
- High Hands
The wider the arc and the more clubhead speed. The greats of the game always get the hands at the top of the swing way above the head.
- Trail elbow at least parallel to the ground
Tucking the trail arm to the ribcage will only restrict your full range of motion shutting down levers and potential for speed. The elbow does NOT need to stay connected to the body.
If you can get into that high, full turned position at the top of the swing then you are in good shape to go ahead and drive tons of pressure through the lead foot.
There is a hell of a lot of information out there when it comes to distance but I feel this is a great place to start for anyone.
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