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Question on Driving:

I make solid contact on drives, but the ball doesn't go as far as I think it should. How can I increase distance?
--Perry G. from Marina Del Rey, CA

Hi Perry. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

There are a lot of factors involved in distance. Among them are:

1) Strength
2) Flexibility
3) Custom Fit Equipment
4) Swing Sequence
5) Swing Mechanics
6) Ange of Attack and Spin Rates (especially with driver)

To increase your distance it's really just a matter of systematically checking each of these factors in your game. If you haven't already I would recommend that you get a good driver fitting on a launch monitor with a certified fitter. This will assure you that the weapon you are using is best for your swing. There are so many factors involved in getting the right combination of shaft and clubhead to give you the launch angles and spin rates you need for optimum distance that the only way to know for sure if you are in the ball park is to use a launch monitor.

Once you have been fitted I would definitely visit our Fitness Section here on the site to get some stretches and exercises going that could help you achieve a higher clubhead speed. You can get to the article and drills by clicking this link:

I think you might also enjoy this article here for gaining power on your drives:
Power Drives:

The final piece of the puzzle would of course be for you to send in your swing for analysis so I can analyze your mechanics and your sequence.

I hope this information helps and gives you something to work with. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thank you.


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