What creates distance? Two major factors create distance, speed and center hits. The speed the club travels has a direct correlation with distance a ball travels, the higher the clubhead speed the greater the distance. To get the most out of each club we must hit the ball in the center of the club face or the sweet spot. However, there are three major factors that reduce the distance we can hit the ball because they affect speed and center hits. The three factors are:
- Tight grip â€“ A tight grip creates tension in the hands, wrists and forearms. This restricts the cocking and uncocking of the wrists that occur in the swing. Thus, resulting in loss of power by restricting the clubs natural release.
- Stance too wide â€“ A stance that is too wide restricts the amount we are able to turn. Narrow the stance to encourage a bigger turn.
- Incorrect hand position â€“ Many player set up with their hands ahead of the ball with the driver. This set up does three things: delofts the club, opens the club face, and encourages a picking up the club motion that shortens the arc of the swing.
Work on these three factors to help establish the distance you are capable of attaining.