If you’d like more driving distance then you need to carry on reading. I might bust a few myths !
Jonathan Jacobson - Cape Town PGA Professional.
Many golfers dream of being extremely long hitters. When they are on the first tee box they might want to impress their playing partners, other golfers, or even the bystanders. I have never really understood why, but many golfers have always gained satisfaction from 'crushing' a drive. Growing up I was nicknamed 'force' by the caddies at the golf club, but with time I learned that adding those extra yards can only be created with sound technique and good swing mechanics. As an experienced professional golfer, having studied and witnessed many styles of swinging the club, I'd like to share a few of golf mysteries.
Most golfers focus solely on speed and force to create distance. Any good golfer will tell you that rushing the swing is the worst mistake a golfer can possibly make. Bear in mind, the club head is small, with a very tiny 'sweet spot'. The ball is also quite small and far away from you. Although it is standing still, and you might think that you are fairly still too, the smallest deviation in your body movement creates disastrous effects. Of course if the club head is traveling with a ferocious velocity, mistakes tend to worsen. A great degree of precision and accuracy is required.
The biggest mistakes golfers make in trying to hit longer
How to hit it long - The 10 Commandments of long hitters
Picture 1 above: Good athletic, powerful Set-up, with relaxed hands - YES. There is NO excuse for a bad set-up! Visit your PGA professional and take a lesson
Picture 2 above: NO - Swaying. Moving laterally instead of turning the chest, stomach, back and hips.
Picture 3 above: NO - Over-swinging. Trying for too big a swing thinking it will add more distance.
Picture 4 above: NO - Rushing the take-away. Shoving the club and arms away from the target, without setting the wrists or turning the body
Picture 5 above: NO - Rushing the downswing. Casting, hitting from the top, hitting early.
Picture 6 sequences sequences above. Learn how to use your left side - YES!
Picture 7 above: NO to Too much weight transfer and sliding in the downswing
Picture 8 above: Lifting the head and looking up too early. Bad move!
Picture 9 sequences above: Try not to lift, or lose body angles.
Picture 10 above: Keep your body angles and your head still. Chin back, and left ear pointing at the target (right-handed golfer) at the start of the downswing and just until through impact.
Picture 11 above: Finishing the follow through correctly. Finish soft, with your hips over your left foot and your hands behind your lead ear and on balance.
Jonathan Gary Jacobson
AAA PGA professional
Coach of Western Province Senior Ladies Players
Cara Gorlei, Ji Sun Kang, Se Young Chun, Vanessa Smith, Katia Shaff, Ashleigh Mills
Picture: (Top Row, Left to Right) Vanessa Smith (WP Captain and number 1), Jonathan Jacobson (PGA professional Coach), Amy Henning, Ji Sun Kang, Cara Gorlei (Bottom Row, Left to Right) Zaandria Liebenberg, Lucy Lo, Se Young Chun, Nadya Ritschewald
Hopefully these tips will help. If you are unsure, or you really need a lesson in distance, my contact details are below. I am always happy to help.
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 72 192 6557
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