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A shockingly simple drill to hit the golf ball farther

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One of the biggest requests I get on the lesson tee is for more distance. Everyone wants to hit the golf ball farther. Obviously. That being said, there’s many things that go into producing distance, such as…

  • Swing Length — how long is the swing or how long does the club stay in the air before hitting the ball?
  • Swing Width — are you at full extension at during the swing or do you get soft arms?
  • Impact Point — the horizontal and vertical point of contact that influences gear effect, launch, and spin rate.
  • Spin Rate — how much backspin does the ball have?
  • Height — how high is the ball in the air?
  • Launch Angle — what is the angle of the ball off the face during impact?
  • Ball Speed — how fast does the ball leave the blade?

But one thing remains true: if you want more distance, then you must swing faster with all of the above being maximized for your current swing speed. So how do you create more speed? Simple — set up the drill as shown below.

Use between 6-to-10 balls and swing 100 percent all out with no regard for where the ball lands. Then repeat the drill and make your normal speed swing and you will find that your clubhead speed will slightly increase. Do this drill 5 to 10 times per practice session and you will train yourself to swing faster.

However, it’s up to you to figure out how fast you can swing yet maximize the qualities listed above so you can maintain consistent contact.

Remember, you don’t have to get complex to solve your distance problem. Try this first and see what happens!

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

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  1. ogo

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    You can’t just magically acquire a higher swing speed doing this 10 ball drill once or twice. You must do it three times daily and ten 10-ball sets …. for THREE MONTHS … 😮

  2. ChipNRun

    Apr 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Tom,

    This reminds me of an excellent “tempo setter” which some players use after warm-up and right before tee-off:
    * Tee up five balls in parallel, about 6 inches apart. Set up with your driver, and crisply set up and hit five shots in a row. By the fourth or fifth shot, you can “feel your drive tempo” for the day.

  3. RITZ

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    SuperSpeed sticks with their golf protocols will get your MPG up there.

  4. Raymond CHASTEL

    Feb 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    What did great golf champion -two time US champion -JULIUS BOROS- say “SWING EASY ,HIT HARD “:Tom Stickney is right :go for it

  5. S

    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:11 am

    No! I want to be able to hit it really far without any drills or practice, after I’ve sat on the office and couch chairs for a whole week, as I rush to the first tee early on a Sunday morning.
    lol

  6. Rich Douglas

    Feb 24, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Hit it hard. Always hit it hard. Don’t hold back; decelerating the club is bad juju.

    Swing it like a whip, not a hammer. But swing hard. Besides, you might even hit it.

  7. LuckyAussie

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Shank.

  8. Ogo

    Feb 23, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Okay, but don’t start with the driver; start with the 5-wood and then go to the 3-wood before you try the driver. Starting with the driver is wrong wrong wrong.

  9. Barry

    Feb 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    This seems like one of those tips that is ridiculed (I always love seeing the ‘shank numbers”) for being too simple. I recall Harvey Penick – one of the great instructors the game has ever known – dealing with pupils who couldn’t deal with the simplicity of what he was trying to teach them.

    But I will be solidly in Mr. Stickney’s corner on this one. My pro used this drill with me and it truly works.

    Here’s the problem. I start playing golf in college, about 20 years ago. Through the school of hard knocks, I learn that controlling the club face is key, and the game is more fun in the short grass. My handicap drops, but my swing becomes more and more cautious and controlled every year, always more and more fearful of a big miss. I’m scoring and competing well, but rounds are a chore, grinding things out because I’m short off the tee due to my cautious swing.

    In part due to this drill, I learn that I can swing out more and still be reasonably accurate. I can go after tee shots and swing out. Golf is more FUN. No change in mechanics, no new equipment, just give yourself permission to TAKE THE BRAKES OFF and I’m much longer and really no less accurate. When you get wild, you can always dial it back. But you have to come to terms with the fact that putting it out there is going to introduce some risk. In some ways it’s like learning to drive a car – on a side road, 35 feels fast, but when you come off the highway doing 75 it feels glacial. It’s all relative.

    This is one of those things that has reinforced what an incredibly mental game this is.

    • Speedy

      Feb 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      “Every Golfer from young adult through Seasoned Citizens, should own a heavy practice club that weighs at lease 22 ounces. Swinging a weighted club with your regular grip and stance is the best exercise I know to build the golf muscles”. – Harvey Penick

  10. Speedy

    Feb 23, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Exercise, nutrition, practice swing a weighted club. That’ll be $200, please.

    • Ogo

      Feb 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      A weighted club is stupid because you only deaden your arms and hands… and you use different muscles than with a driver or any other club. A weighted club will kill your golf swing… believe it

      • Speedy

        Feb 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        Strict supervision required for some.

      • acew/7iron

        Feb 25, 2018 at 9:18 am

        I agree…I think trainers like the orange whip are better for speed.

        • Scott

          Mar 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm

          acew,
          Today, then what to they want to sell you tomorrow?

      • Scott

        Mar 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm

        maybe for some, but not true, ogo. Did not kill mine.

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