Tip from the Pros: Hitting the Golf Ball Further

There are a few different ways you can approach gaining extra distance, but I find that this drill to create hinge in your wrists works best:

1. Address the golf ball with your driver. Double check and make sure you have a good fundamental grip.
2. Hinge your wrists straight up so that the butt of the club is pointing down toward the ground. (Make sure you don’t rotate your wrists. When hinging make sure you go straight up, and not pointing the butt end of the club toward the target.)
3. Take the club out of your hands, but KEEP your RIGHT hand where it is. See how much your right wrist is hinged?! It is in a very powerful position.

This powerful wrist hinge is how you want your wrists to feel at the top of your swing and at impact. Some players will hinge early, some will hinge late. It doesn’t matter when you hinge during your swing, so you will have to experiment.

Practicing this wrist hinge will add clubhead speed and will help you gain a few extra yards.

Todd Benware, PGA

Todd Benware has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 1996. He is a two-time All-American at Ohio Wesleyan University, and a 1996 Ohio Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. Todd is a talented golf instructor, giving over 10,000 golf lessons since turning professional in 1991. His understanding and knowledge of the golf swing allows him to identify the cause of a student’s problem and create a solution. He has experience using both TrackMan and FlightScope golf ball tracking systems, and is a recognized professional club fitter by Ping, Mizuno, and Titleist.

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