Want More Distance? Here’s Three Ways to Do It


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!


Ball Position

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.


Swing Hard

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!”

Quick Recap

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.

Alan Unruh

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, and holds PGA Certifications in General Management, Golf Operations and Player Development. With these certifications, he is among the 1% of PGA members that hold multiple PGA Certifications. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding planning and strategy for golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple high profile tournaments throughout his career including the USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.