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Lack of Distance

Lack of Distance is used to describe a situation where a golfer does not hit the ball far enough to put themselves in scoring position. For the average player this can mean not having enough distance to reach the green in regulation. For low handicap players it may mean not getting enough distance off the tee where they can have a short scoring iron into the green.

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Lack of Distance Tips

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  • Correct Launch Angles Are a Must

    According to the TrackMan launch monitor if you catch your drives on the upswing anywhere from 4-6 degrees you will maximize your distance. Achieving the correct launch angles on your drives combined with a solid center hit and high club head speed gives you the combination you need to hit the ball as far as possible. A descending blow on a drive will rob you of considerable distance.

  • The Sweet Spot is the Key

    Hitting the sweet spot is a must to maximize accuracy and distance with your driver. To check where you are hitting you can buy face tape or face spray at your local golf superstore. If you can't find those simply use a dry erase marker and color the face of your driver. All of these options will show you a nice ball mark on the face where you are making contact. Knowing where you are striking the ball on the face will give you great feedback about your swing.

  • Build Legs, Core and Back For Power

    To increase your distance on your drives work on building your legs, core and the back of your lead shoulder. Those are the power muscles in the golf swing. Studies are now showing that at impact your abductor muscles (the muscles in your legs that help you push out) are bearing three times your body weight, so they'd better be strong enough to support it!

  • Maximize Your Coil For Distance

    To maximize your power off of the tee you need to maximize your coil. That means you need to resist the turning of your hips while at the same time increase your shoulder turn. The bigger the difference you can create between your lower and upper body, the tighter your coil will be. You are like a spring or a rubber band. The tighter you wind yourself up, the faster you will unwind.

  • Keep Your Hands in the Lead

    To store your energy and unleash it into the ball, make sure your hands stay in the lead well in front of the club head on the way down. Allowing the clubhead to pass your hands before impact throws all the energy out of the golf club and causes deceleration. When the clubhead passes your hands you are no longer in control of it either. This can cause shots to spray left and right or come out thin or fat.

  • Keep Increasing Acceleration

    When driving be sure to gradually build your acceleration throughout the downswing so that it hits peak speed at the ball. If you jump at the ball from the top of your swing and try to hit it hard, you will actually be decelerating by time you get to the ball. Accelerating from the top also throws off your kinematic sequence and causes your swing to get out of sync. This not only decreases your speed, but can also throw your swing off plane.

  • A Big Arc Equals Power

    When driving, make the biggest arc you possibly can. The bigger your arc, the faster your club head speed and then of course, the greater your distance. This means you need to keep your lead arm fully extended throughout the backswing just as it was at address. Folding the arms or letting them collapse into the body creates a narrow arc and less power.

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