How to Add Distance to Your Tee Shots

Everyone wants to hit it farther off the tee. That’s not exactly breaking news. But how do you do it? That’s where it gets a little trickier. In order to hit longer drives and get yourself that much closer to the green for your second shot, you will need to improve both your fitness and your golf swing technique. When both of those elements come together successfully, you should see your ball start to sail higher and longer down the fairway than ever before.

It takes dedication to hitting longer drives for it actually to become a reality. Just working on your swing, or your fitness, once or twice a month isn’t going to get it done. Consistent practice and exercise are needed to make real gains over time.

Fitness for Distance

It might be opposite of what you would think, but raw strength isn’t the best way to gain distance on your tee shots. Rather, it is flexibility that is key to hitting the ball farther than ever before. If you just add muscle, but aren’t flexible enough to rotate quickly through your swing, you might actually see a decrease in the swing speed you are able to generate. Focus your fitness efforts on making your body as flexible as possible, especially through the core area, and you will likely see more yards with your driver.

Technique for Distance

As you are improving your flexibility and overall fitness level to hit longer drives, you can be working on your technique as well. There are a few key ingredients to the technique you can use for long driving, and three of them are listed below –

  • Wider stance. Making your driver stance just a little wider can improve your balance and let you swing more aggressively through the ball.
  • Long backswing. Make sure to complete your shoulder turn all the way back, and don’t be in a rush to get to the ball. By finishing your turn, you create a longer arc for the club to travel on, and give it more time to accelerate.
  • Tee it high. When you tee the ball up high, you create room to hit it with an ascending blow, leading to a better launch angle with less spin – perfect for long drives.

Hitting long and straight drives takes practice and effort on your part, but it is worth it when you get to watch the ball soar far down the fairway. Work on both your technique and your fitness to see your driving goals be realized.