The PGA Tour is headed back to California after a wild week in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This week, at the Farmers Insurance Open, players will be playing a beast of a course at Torrey Pines, measuring just over 7,600 yards. Players will need to find an extra gear to smoke the golf ball off the tee. You might not be playing Torrey Pines but I know you like crushing the ball past your buddies, so follow these three tips for longer drives!
Be sure you have the golf ball positioned at your forward heel. Too far back in your stance and you’ll create a glancing blow that sends the ball high and sideways. We’re looking for distance, so positioning the golf ball in-line with your forward heel will create that magical sweet spot.
Extension is key for faster clubhead speed. And more clubhead speed means more distance. On the takeaway, feel like you’re extending your arms as far as possible, this will create a wider swing arc . Don’t let the extension stop on the takeaway, feel like you’re extending your arms during the follow through as well. This will ensure you’re creating maximum clubhead speed during contact.
Don’t hold back, swing hard. You’re trying to bomb it! As the great Roy McAvoy from the movie TinCup says: “Kick back, and let the big dog eat!”
1. Ball Position – Even with your forward heel.
2. Extension – A wider swing arch is key for faster clubhead speed.
3. Swing Hard – You’re trying to bomb it!
Put all of these together and you’re bound to crush the ball! For more tips, check out our previous Tips From Our PGA Professionals.