Ladies and seniors are always looking for ways to hit the golf ball longer. First you must realize that distance is not achieved by brute strength, which should be encouraging. Distance comes from hitting the golf ball solidly with a club face square to your target line with the club head following the proper swing path. My experience is that most ladies and seniors do not create enough resistance with the lower body in the back swing which results in a feeble thrash of the club on the wrong swing path, with too steep an angle of approach and a club face that at impact is open in relation to the target line. Seniors have a similar problem in many cases with a different cause. As we age it is normal to lose flexibility. The result is in an effort to make a full swing, seniors also lack resistance with the lower body in the back swing. The same feeble attempt to hit the golf ball follows.
In order to hit the ball longer we have to go back to basics and swing the club back into the coiled back swing postion we have discussed in earlier articles. The muscles you use in order to coil your upper body in the back swing are rarely used the way they are used in a golf swing. Seniors, make sure you have properly warmed up before teeing off. Pay special attention to stretching the back and arm muscles used in the back swing.
Women and senior golfers do not have the same physical ability to generate the club head speed that most men have. Rather than trying to swing the club harder to achieve more distance, a solid effort to deliver the club to the ball along the proper swing path with a club face square to your target line at impact, will produce maximum distance. Swing the club back while coiling the upper body while resisting with the lower body is a must for ladies and seniors if your goal is more distance. Do not thrash at the ball wildly but a swinging of the arms forward while resisting with the upper body will produce solid impact on the correct swing path for maximum distance.
To get the feeling of what this feels like, invert the club ( hold the club head end of the club in your hands ). Swing the club back, coiling your upper body while resisting with your lower body. Swing the club back through the ball to a finish. Done properly, you should hear a “swoosh ” as the grip passes the ball. Do this several times until you hear the ” swoosh ” every time. You should now have the feeling of how to deliver the club to the ball producing a solid hit, producing more distance. Distance is club head speed delivered with a club face square to your target. If you are unable to generate speed due to lack of physical strength or flexibility you can hit the ball further by making solid contact. Until next time, Good Golfing !!!
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