I don’t know if there’s a better feeling than hitting a really long drive right on the screws.
If you bomb one further than you’ve ever hit one before, not only does it feel really good right off the sweet spot, but it has a way of turning a bad round into a good one.
(Not to mention you’ll get a lot of respect from your buddies, and even your “not-so-buddies” you golf with.
The only thing that’s better than hitting a really long drive off the tee?
Is hitting many really long drives off the tee.
The following short, easy-to-implement list will show you:
- How to hit the ball further than you ever have before
- Simple, repeatable tips to consistently make it happen, and
- How to keep the ball straight while hitting it longer.
Simply follow this list and you’ll be well on your way to hitting much longer drives.
1) Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment
Until about 6 years ago, I’m what you’d call a “discount golfer.”
I used an old secondhand set of blade irons…
A putter my brother traded for in exchange for a prized bong (seriously)…
And a really old Big Bertha driver that was from the Clinton Administration.
(Seriously: one of the selling points for this thing was “made out of real titanium!”)
I always thought I hit that old driver pretty well.
But until I got a new one I had no idea how much distance I had been keeping caged up, like an animal ready to escape.
Just by getting a new Callaway XR driver from six years ago, I straightaway increased my distance by 30 yards on day one.
By using that club for 6 years, breaking it in, getting comfortable, etc., I’ve added an additional 20 yards to my drives.
That’s a full fifty extra yards just by changing one piece of equipment in my bag.
You definitely don’t have to “break the bank” here either: cheapskate that I am, I waited until an end of season sale and secured my driver for around $150.
It was probably the best $150 I’ve spent on my golf game so far.
So if you’re toiling with a similar old cudgel that was used when the game was first founded at St. Andrews, it’s probably time to update to equipment from this century.
2) Use a Driver Fitted to Your Swing
Similar to tip #1, if you can swing it, go in for a fitting and find a driver that works really well for your swing.
Many golf shops have fittings available, and a fair number of them will put your fitting fee toward a club or clubs of your choosing.
I was lucky: I got a loaner set of Callaway XR’s on a golf trip I went on with some buddies and kind of fell in love with the things.
Mrs. Golf Tiger though went from hitting ground balls right up the middle to being able to consistently launch the ball a good distance in the air, and she entirely credits a fitting with doing so.
If you don’t want to pay for a fitting, no worries: here are some tips to find the perfect club for your type of swing:
The Faster Your Swing, The Less Loft You Want
Drivers typically range between 8.5 degrees and 15 degrees in loft, with most in the 9.5 – 13 degree range.
The typical male golfer swings his club at 80-90 miles per hour.
For this swing speed, you’re best served getting between 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees of loft.
Keep in mind, if you think you swing harder than this, by having excess loft, you’re killing the distance you could have on your drives.
So for a harder swing, above 90 miles per hour, you should probably be at between 9.0 – 10.5 degrees of loft.
Adjustable Clubs Are Easier To Tailor to Your Swing (And to Customize As Your Swing Changes)
The Callaway XR Driver I use can be customized to add up to 2 degrees of loft, or decrease by up to a degree of loft.
It also allows some tweaking on the center of gravity of the clubhead, and how it is rotated.
Not bad for a 6 year old club!
I swing pretty hard at the moment–I’ve been clocked at about 110 mph or so–but I know that as I get older, that number keeps going down.
So when you squeeze a nickel into three dimes like I do, that’s good to know I can add loft as my swing speed naturally decreases as I get older.
A Heavier Clubhead Tends to Give You More Distance (At the Expense of Swing Speed)
By using a heavier clubhead, you’ll contact the ball with more mass. That means that more force will be put on the ball (and more leverage), sending it further, all things being equal.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch either. So by using a heavier clubhead, you’ll almost certainly reduce your club head speed.
This doesn’t only mean less speed on your drives either–reducing your head speed can lead to hooks / slices, and weird little “ticks” in your swing.
So be warned: it will be an adjustment period if you go this route.
The benefit of going with an adjustable club, as with above, is that it will typically have some screws to adjust your center of gravity in your clubhead, to fight slice or hook.
3) Get a (Good) Grip
One of the most overlooked aspects of a golfer’s long game is the grip.
Just by making a simple alteration or two to your grip, you can easily go way longer off the tee.
I’ll let Pro Alex Elliott take it from here:
4) Hit the Ball On the Upswing
One of the easiest ways to get more distance off the tee is to hit the ball on your upswing.
Your swing velocity is highest right at the bottom of the “arc”–it makes sense because of physics.
You have all of that downward momentum working on the club head…gravity building up speed… building up speed…
And then right at the bottom is when gravity is pulling on it most.
As soon as you change to an upward trajectory, you start to lose (a little) bit of velocity.
However, despite that loss in velocity, there’s another important physical force at work here:
If you watch any baseball, you’ll notice that over the past few years, launch angle is all the rage among the “all-or-nothing” home run hitters that now dominate the sport.
Essentially, the new equation as far as baseball is concerned is:
Swing Velocity + Launch Angle = Big Distance
Physically it makes a lot of sense. And if it’s tough to intuit, you should play that old game hidden in MS-DOS, “Gorillas.”
If you hit a ball at maximum velocity, but with a “zero” launch angle, you’re essentially going to just get the launch angle of the face of your club, which could be good, but probably not enough to get big distance.
Instead, you want to hit the ball at the moment where launch angle and velocity are optimal!
This is different for every swing; if you have a “phone booth-style” compact swing, you don’t have too much runway/leeway to hit the ball in the sweet zone.
If you have a longer, more sideways swing, you probably have a little more leeway / forgiveness… but you may not generate as much swing speed unless you specifically optimize for it.
Regardless, many of the next tips are all in service of maximizing your chances of hitting the ball in “The Sweet Zone” where your club head is at maximum speed and launch angle.
Typically this means hitting up an additional 5 degrees.
5) Tee the Ball Up Higher
This is a simple issue of trying to maximize “The Sweet Zone.”
By teeing the ball higher, you force yourself to be on the upswing when you hit it.
You don’t want to tee it up so high that you skull it, ground it into the tall stuff in front of you, and let out a string of expletives that would make a sailor blush…
But going about a half inch higher can actually bring you into alignment in a lot of ways with the rest of your swing.
In fact, it can naturally cause you to…
6) Tee the Ball Forward In Your Stance
Again, this is a geometry solution to the “hit the ball on the upswing” tip above.
By teeing the ball forward in your stance, you force yourself to hit the ball on the upswing.
Think about the opposite: teeing the ball back in your stance makes for a pretty ridiculous-looking drive.
Now don’t get me wrong: with my irons, sometimes when I’m off and chunking them, I purposely put the ball back in my stance, to try to get a little more “give” in my overall swing.
But for driving, it’s a little bit ridiculous, no?
So put the ball forward in your stance–it “takes the gun away from you” and forces you to hit the ball on the upswing.
7) Open Your Stance
A narrow stance is like a tall building with a narrow foundation: you’re more prone to wiggle, sway, and otherwise get off-track.
Getting a good, solid, open stance gives you a solid foundation to “let it loose.”
You’ll have better balance, which increases consistency.
You’ll also be able to generate more torque since you’re more grounded.
8) Do Low Planks and Squats
One overlooked aspect of long-driving is conditioning your body to drive the ball further.
Probably the single best exercises you can do for driving are:
a) Low Planks
This is the type of plank where you’re down on your elbows.
Start in a pushup position. Then go down to your elbows.
Hold for 60 seconds.
Do 3 sets.
These massively help your core muscles, including your obliques, which generate torque.
Squats are great because your lower body is the key to unlocking greater torque in your swing.
If your obliques allow your arms to turn loose, then your glutes and leg muscles allow everything else to work at maximum power and efficiency.
For these, you don’t have to do anything crazy. Simply squat down, and back up.
Do 3 sets of 20.
If you’re like me and have bad knees, you can do “box squats.”
Simply find a chair with about a 36″ seat, and position yourself so that you squat until you butt touches the end of the seat.
Same deal: 20 reps, 3 sets, no excuses!
9) Align Your Stance Properly
One easy way to bring a lot of these long golf drive tips together is to align your stance so that your left shoulder is slightly higher than your right.
(This is if you’re right-handed. If you’re left-handed, I’m sorry that all of these golf sites make you constantly switch “left” and “right.”)
Again, by doing so, you’re ensuring that you get that extra 5 degree lift at impact.
10) Try a “90% Swing”
This is more for consistency’s sake: if you hit 1/5 or 1/6 good drives, you very well may be overswinging.
If you’re swinging at 110 miles per hour, but can’t control your swing, you’d be much better off swinging 10 mph less but having better control throughout.
That will ensure that you hit consistently straighter drives.
Another aspect of this: with modern golf tech, most of the time it’s enough to let the club do the work.
You don’t have to swing 120 miles per hour like you’re Dustin Johnson off the tee.
If you can swing 100 mph consistently, that puts you in the upper 30-40% of golfers already.
Combined with the long drive tips in this article, you’ll be blasting them off the tee.
11) Hit the Range
This is one area where practice absolutely makes perfect.
Aim to hit 1-2 small buckets of balls each week specifically to maximize distance.
You don’t need to hit 200 balls a day like you’re Earl Woods trying to teach young Eldrick by osmosis.
Just 20-30 balls of sustained, high-effort.
Anything more than that and you’re at risk of overtraining.
Be sure to take at least a day or two off in-between long-drive sessions to let your body recover.
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you’re a real animal and absolutely can’t go a day without training… then work on your short game the other days.
Heaven knows I could use a lot more work there.
Pulling It All Together
There’s a lot of “meat” in the above.
Don’t worry about doing all of these things at once!
Instead, each time you go to the range, try to implement one of the above golf long drive techniques.
And honestly, if you really want to get better over the long haul, you should probably focus on just that for 2-3 sessions before moving on to the next one.
It’s crazy to think that you’ll just read this article once and internalize everything in it.
That’s just not how golf works.
Half of the fun is blasting balls into the far net at your range of choice… getting nods of approval from the other guys there…
(And the odd wink from a cute girl that just happens to be there too…
Hey! It happens! Especially when you follow the golf long drive tips above!).
If You Want to Know a Shortcut to MAXIMUM Distance…
Who do you think would be a better “get the most distance possible” teacher?
Tiger Woods? A physically-gifted golfer who spent countless hours in the gym to hone his physique?
Or a shorter pro who looks like he’s never spent a day of his life in a gym who still manages to hit with extreme power off the tee?
Personally, I’d like to learn from the little guy who’s not as physically gifted…
My buddy Bobby Eldridge is the second guy.
He’s not tall… his arms are pretty short… and he doesn’t have that classic “Adonis” physique…
Yet Bobby can bomb the ball 300 yards… and makes the most out of every drive he hits.
How does he do it? Normally Bobby can charge upward of $500 per day to pass along his “Maximum Distance Secrets”…
But for a limited time, he put all of his best tips, tricks, and techniques to hit majestic, soaring drives into this video.
It’s a fraction of the cost of an in-person lesson with Bobby… but packed with tips that will have you going longer (and straighter) off the tee than you ever thought possible.