Golf - How To Bomb It Off The Tee

By: Terry Edwards

Regardless of anyone thinks, every golfer secretly desires to bomb the golf ball a mile. Watching John Daly effortlessly hitting 350 yard drives makes us want to do the same thing in our weekend foursome. When you stop to think about it, it's only natural to want to hit long drives. Here's 7 keys that will help you start increasing your distance off the tee.

1. Set up with a wider than normal stance. This will give you more stability. A couple inches wider than normal will work well.

2. Point your left toe (for right-handers) more toward your intended target.

3. Waggle your club head over the ball to help release tension and to get yourself mentally prepared to start your backswing.

4. Stay calm and don't rush your backswing.

5. Take the club back as far as you can with your backswing.

6. Swing harder than usual.

7. Practice on a regular basis. Regular practice promotes good technique.

When you're on the tee box and have your target in line, set up your stance that will give you maximum power. Move your feet apart a little more to give yourself a more solid base and better stability. This will allow you to have a more powerful swing. Idealy, you want 60% of your weight on your left side.

As you take the golf club all the way back in your backswing, turn your shoulders a full 90 degrees. You should strive to have your back actually face the target. John Daly has a massive shoulder turn in his golf swing.

As you are at the top of your backswing, don't rush into your downswing. Rushing your downswing will only lead to miss hit shots that will go offline. Even worse, you can easily chili dip, or miss the ball completely. Keep your left arm straight during your transition. This will enable the club to remain square to the ball. You want to keep your swing as smooth as possible without any herky-jerky motions. Have the image in your mind of hitting through the ball, not just to it.

Use the wind to your advantage when it's blowing. If the wind is at your back, tee the ball higher and let it fly. You will get increased distance from teeing it higher. On the flipside, when the wind is in your face, tee it lower to encourage a lower ball flight.

Practice these techniques as often as possible. You will only get better with practice. Soon enough you'll see yourself driving the ball much farther and giving your playing partners something to talk about.

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