First, I want to discuss a little about the previous blog / practice tip – “No Excuses in the Bag” – Club Fitting article.
I have received a lot of questions and comments about the article.
The most common question is “Can you get the fittings needed for the single plane swing done at a local club shop or club builder, etc.?”
To be honest, I used to say it was possible, now I am not sure…. I have seen too many times when golfers purchase clubs through other sources and think they are fit to their single plane swing, only to find out that “other source” did not fit correctly.
To solve the issue – if you are interested in purchasing any club or clubs, doesn’t matter if a single wedge, to an entire set, to hybrids, driver, fairway woods, etc.. give us a call or email – we’ll make sure you get the clubs you want and make sure they are fit PERFECT for the single plane swing to YOUR individual specifications. We fit ALL clubs for length, lie angle, shaft flex, grip size, proper loft, etc… to each INDIVIDUAL’S specifications. You can see more detailed information about this at: Free Club Fitting
DISTANCE – HOW TO GET MORE….
One of the most common questions we receive (seems every day) is “How can I get more distance?”
There are 3 areas you can work on / improve to help you get more distance on all your golf shots, in particular, your driver.
Those 3 areas are:
1. Driver Technology
2. Flexibility and Strength
3. Swing Technique
Let’s breakdown each area a little.
1. Driver Technology:
A few years ago, the USGA put together a set of rules limiting how much a golf ball can “rebound” off the face of a driver (vague description) – thus putting a limit on the distance of the drivers. Since then, the golf industry realizing they can no longer make drivers than can hit it further off the face, have been working on technology that has made the “big” headed drivers more aerodynamic (thus less air resistance in the golf swing) and bigger sweet spots on the face.
Literally, older technology drivers had sweet spots the size of a dime (some smaller), newer technology drivers have sweet spots the size of half dollars (some even bigger). What that means is balls hit slightly off the middle of the club face will travel much further now.
And the key is the “average driving distance” you have, not the “one” you catch that happens to fly a long way. Meaning, if your sweet spot on the driver is large and you miss hit a few shots (or more) a round off the middle of the club face, you will still get good / more “average” driving distance. Meaning, over all you will have less club into the greens, etc… etc..
So, if you are looking to maximize or increase distance – you need to have a driver that is “modern” or at least less than 2 or 3 years old. These newer drivers have large sweet spots and have the highest technology for the least amount of wind /club head resistance in the golf swing.
2. Flexibility and Strength
The 2nd area to focus on with distance is flexibility and strength. And in that order. Too many worry about strength and not flexibility…. Being strong with good, or great, flexibility “allows” you to get in positions in your golf swing to hit the ball with good distance.
As we get older, we loose our strength and more importantly, our flexibility. When we start to loose our flexibility, we can no longer create certain angles in the golf swing that will allow us to create “leverage” in the golf swing which in turn creates speed and distance.
We have produced an extensive DVD on this topic. This DVD is set up to test the areas of your body and it’s flexibility in these areas. It then gives you 3 or 4 exercises you can preform to regain and/or create increased flexibility (and strength) in those areas. This DVD is designed around the single plane swing of Moe Norman – in other words, it takes the 8 most important positions of Moe’s swing and determines if you are flexible enough to “reach” those positions. If not, it gives you “easy” exercises to perform over time that in turn will help you gain those positions and eventually “allow” you to swing the club on plane.
You can see a lot more detail about the Flexibility and Exercise information at: Flexibility and Exercise Video
3. Swing Technique
Ultimately, the most important factor to get more distance is to improve your technique. It is always interesting, one of the things we do at all our schools and camps is to measure our students swing speed. We then correlate it to their driver swing speed and the average distance they should be hitting their driver. For most (those that swing 85 to 90 mph), they should be hitting their driver 230 to 240 yards (with a little roll). For most, when they find out how far they should be hitting their driver with the speed they currently have, they are shocked… why are they hitting it so short compared to where “their potential” says they should be hitting it? Because of technique. They are not hitting the golf ball off the “sweet spot” of the club with a “direct hit” from the club that is on path. In other words, they are hitting “glancing blows” that is creating side spin which is limiting or reducing the distance they should be hitting their driver.
Working on swing technique – working on getting the club on the proper single plane / path, with a square club face through impact and ultimately, limited to no side spin, will give you the maximum distance.
In conclusion… to answer the all too common question we get from so many of our students / customers…
How can I get more distance?
Answer: Obtain a new / modern driver that has the highest technology for increased sweet spot and limited wind resistance (aerodynamic), work / continue to work on flexibility (especially over the “off season” months when so many loose flexibility because of an increased static life style) and always work on improving your technique to maximize the optimal hit on the ball with limited side spin and improved squareness of hit.