The secret to long drives - The Weight Transfer
by Paul McCarthy
I don't know about you but I always love stepping up to the golf ball and slamming it 300 yards down the fairway, Fellow golfers always seem to think it's amazing because I'm only five foot 9 and have a very slight build to me. Actually, it's not amazing at all, it's not strength that makes you hit the ball so far - it's technique.
If you can master the technique and make it so your timing is absolutely spot on then you'll pretty much be able to hit 300 yard drives every time you step up to the ball. In an interview with the ex world long driving champion the emphasis was not about going down the gym and adding weight to your bench press, but making sure that you connect with the ball at exactly the right time for maximum leverage and follow through.
Now, let's not get carried away though, club head speed undoubtedly plays a role in producing mammoth drives, but I'd take great technique over great club head speed any day of the week. Let's face it, a 300 yard drive is no good if it ends up in the river!
Here is one tip that I've been taught time and time again for hitting huge drives with relative ease. Weight Transfer.
If you can get your weight transfer sorted so that you move onto the back foot when the club is on its way back and swing through to the front foot when the club follows through then you'll always be able to hit the ball a long way. The power of the weight transfer is evident in any sport that involves hitting something a long way. For instance take a look at the baseball players; if you see a swing sequence you'll notice that they start with their weight on the back foot and propell it onto their front foot as they go for the swing.
Even just throwing a ball the weight transfer is key.
You can practice your weight transfer by putting two clubs on the ground outside either of your feet and do some practice swings. Make sure that at the top of the backswing your weight is over the club on the back foot and then as you follow through you end up over the club at the front. It will feel funny at first because it will be exaggerated, but after a while you'll get used to it and it's a great drill that will help you to take the weight transfer onto the golf course with you and pummel the ball 300 yards!
If you over exaggerate the movement you may feel your body coming through before your arms which usually results in a slice. This just means you have a bit of synchronisation to do before it all clicks into place - it doesn't take long, you just need a bucket of balls down the range.
Here's another tip you can use: On the downswing, concentrate on really snapping your hands through the ball so that you get the explosive power of the wrists. You can practice this with a higher club before you jump straight onto the driver. This added an extra 10-15 yards to my drive pretty much straight away - I had a tendency of gripping the club to tightly and not releasing properly.
That's all for now folks, happy driving!