Golf tips: How to hit longer drives today

Hitting longer drives may seem like a hard and complicated process to some, but it really does not have to be. Following these easy tips will help you drive the ball farther in a short amount of time.

Five keys to a perfect setup

Having a solid set up is crucial in hitting longer drives. For a proper setup, here are five areas to consider. First, stand taller than you normally would when swinging the driver. This will help you to go a little farther back in your swing. Make sure to have a slight flex of the knees as well. Next, lean more to the right than you normally would. You should have somewhere around 70% of your body weight on the right side if you are a right handed golfer. A left handed golfer should do the reverse. It is very similar to playing baseball. When you see all the professional hitters, the one thing you notice is that they load up on their back legs to drive the baseball further. This same method can be applied to the golf swing to hit the golf ball farther. Third, you want to have a nice, wide stance. Use the same stance as if you were playing in 25-plus mph winds. Fourth, lighten the grip pressure. It may sound unorthodox, but it will actually very beneficial. You want to be as relaxed as possible, and tightening the hands leads to arms getting a bit tighter as well, which restricts the entire golf swing. Finally, make sure to tee the ball up a bit more, preferably two inches in height. Now hit the ball and make sure to not swing out of your shoes, keeping a balanced finish at the end.

Practicing the easy way

Now, as far as practicing, there are two different ways to be able to swing the club faster. First, take out two irons, preferably a 4 and 5 iron, and swing them together as you normally would. In order to do this, put one club on top of the other so that you can grip both clubs easier. Start by following through a few times, then doing the back swing, then full swings. Stop at the end of the swing to get a feel for the weight of the clubs. Do this for about 5-10 minutes and then hit some shots with the driver. You should be able to swing the club a lot faster. Another tip is to take an iron at the head of the club and swing a few times with the shaft and grip pointing away from you. It will make a lot of "swishing" sounds. Try to swing as fast as you can for about 15 swings or so, and then use your driver. You will have practically the same feeling as using the two clubs earlier. These are simple ways to make the driver feel lighter than it really is, thus giving you the ability to hit the ball longer.