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How to Hit the Ball 365 Yards!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Today, I was able to max out my drives at the driving range, never before have I hit it longer.

It’s a good thing though, I ain’t like one of those fake golf pros trying to sell you some e-book on how to hit the ball long, it’s all free on my blog because I like to give my secrets out.

But no, when I used to be a full-time pro-golfer, you never share your secrets, it’s a very competitive golf world out there.

So, here’s how I maximized my driving distance additional 40 yards (up from 325 yards):

Today, I was having some trouble on my downswing, I kept hooking my ball because my hands were getting a bit active.

Well, trying to fix it, I tried to really start my downswing early just before finishing my backswing.  What that does is create “torque” while also creating additional “lag” and making your your clubface doesn’t close early.

But I face another problem, whenever I tried to do that, I would not finish my backswing all the way like I should and my hands would go all over the place, resulting in inconsistent shots.

I am more used to a relaxing backswing, then hitting through the ball.

While experimenting, I found that I could do my same old relaxed backswing and hit the golf ball with more lag and more power.

So, that is the secret to my additional 40 or so yards I gained.  That is, to really hold your upper body at the top of your backswing for a split-second.  It “feels” like you are pausing the top of your backswing while your lower body start the downswing.  When you keep practicing this movement, what happens is that your body “naturally” learns to start the downswing with the lower body.  Sorta like what Ben Hogan used to preach all the time but here’s the difference:  Hogan told you that you start the downswing with the lower body and the upper body follows.  THAT, is really hard to do in real life.  It’s the same thing but a better way to think of it is to hold your upper body for a split-second so you give your lower body a chance to lead and start the downswing.  It works, believe me.

Never in my life I though I could do that but I did today.  And you know what, that creates so much torque but under control, I hit the ball damn straight, 365 yards, which is the distance to the fence where I practice and I hit it multiple times.

Besides that, I hit the golf ball perfectly on the sweetspot, meaning straighter, longer shots.

I even tried using this method on my irons and works great.

So, how do “you” practice method?

Next time you are on the range, I want you to feel like you are resisting your upper body from moving for like a split second during the beginning of your downswing. (And also turn your hips to the left.)

When you do this correctly, you will feel incredible amount of torque generated by the resistance of your upper body and your lower body.  Then after that split second, you just let it go and voila!  You’ve got extra 40 yards and straighter drives.

Anyways, this is something I found out today and you won’t even see it in GolfDigest (my favorite golf magazine btw) so don’t tell anyone, just keep it to yourself so you can outdrive your friends all day long and take their money.

How to Get Extra 10-20 Yards on Your Drives!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

So, today I figured out how to get extra 10-20 yards on my drives.  This isn’t for everyone who’s already doing it or I figure most of you aren’t scratch golfers or pro-golfers.

Anyways, it’s very simple, you need to make sure to turn your shoulders all the way during your backswing.

Make sure your left shoulder (for right handed-golfers) is moving at all times during your backswing.   This just means that you are using your whole body to swing and you will get that extra 10-20 yards on your drives because you are using your left shoulder as you really should.

Honestly when I hit the ball really long I used to do this and forgot it lately but today I realized that I wasn’t doing it and found that it does indeed help with your distance AND accuracy.

A simple way to practice is to just “mentally” monitor your left shoulder while you swing back, make sure it’s in control and it’s moving somewhat.  When you do that, you will be swinging more or less correctly and 10-20 extra added to your drives.

And I have seen about 9 of out 10 people who don’t use their left shoulder in their backswing, seriously including myself.

Butch Harmon used to say, “What do you when a doctor gives you a prescription?”  You don’t stand around so you can take another 30 minutes of his time, you just go get your prescription so it fixes your golf swing.

Driver DIY – How to Add 30 Yards to Your Game in 30 Days!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Well, as a pro golfer who knows all the ins and outs of playing, practicing, and scoring golf, we all WANT to hit the ball very far.

I am not going to be teaching you any golf swing techniques here but I am going to teach you couple tricks that can potentially add 30 yards to your drives in just 30 days.

1. Get a weighted golf club and swing it daily in your home slowly about 20-30 times.

Now you don’t have to buy this weighted golf club.  What I do is take bunch of pennies (like 200 of them) and duct tape them to one of your old golf clubs.  That will get you about 5-10 pounds of weight depending on the number of pennies you attach.

Swing the golf club very very slowly.  This is about building the golf muscles, not hitting the ball.  Try to really feel that your abdomen is controlling the whole swing during this exercise.

2. For every practice session at the driving range, take your driver and hit 10 balls as HARD as you can.

You need to learn to control your swing when you swing hard and fast, the only way to do that is to swing as hard as you can.  Now I said just 10 balls, don’t do it for all your shots, that will ruin your swing and rhythm.

3. Do the above steps 1 and 2 at least 3-5 times a week for a month.

I bet you’ve added another 30 yards to your driver.

I didn’t include working out or lifting-weights here but that helps too so long as you are working on the correct muscles.  I find that chest lifting exercises help but let me get into that later, I have a specific golf workout routine that I have been using for about 14 years and that’s been helping me hit the ball 320+ yards consistently.  Stay tuned folks.

Golf Book Review – John Daly’s Grip and Rip It

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Golf Book Review - John Daly’s Grip and Rip It

John Daly is probably one of my favorite golfers of all time. His swing is somethin’ If you read his book, “Grip It and Rip It”, you will find that he does a lot of things that you don’t expect him to.

For example, John Daly does have one of the longest swings ever BUT he does has one of the best rhythms in golf. You don’t realize how great his rhythm is because all you are focusing on is his long swing and his distance. But look at his swing carefully and you will see a little Freddy Couples in him.

Even, Tiger’s previous Coach Butch Harmon, quotes John Daly in his book, Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf (By the way, THIS book, is way too cool…).

I used to try to copy his swing during one of my golf years and was pretty successful at it. I remember when I would read his book over and over again until couple pages decided to take lives of its own and take off somewhere in my bedroom…

Anyways, check it out. You should also read his book from couple years ago where he writes about his life but we will get to that so…

Get Grip It and Rip It! here

John Daly’s Swing on Youtube;

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P.S. The weirdest thing is that I live in San Francisco right next to John Daly Blvd., right next to Daly City! It must be a coincidence that he’s among my favorites. I mean, of all the places you can live in, I am living next to John Daly Blvd and Daly City?!? John should really move here.

Get the book here:

Grip It and Rip It: John Daly's Guide to Hitting the Ball Farther Than You Ever Have Before

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by John Daly