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Misconceptions of Hitting the Ball Farther in Golf

While it might seem intuitive that swinging a golf club with maximum force would result in the greatest distance,  strength alone does not guarantee optimal distance outcomes. The main aspect is the mechanics of the golf swing. The swing path and the angle of the clubface at impact play significant roles in determining how far the ball travels. A proper swing path ensures that the clubhead makes contact with the ball that maximizes efficiency and reduces energy loss. Similarly, the clubface angle at the moment of impact influences the ball’s direction and spin, which are critical factors in achieving long, accurate shots. Even with immense effort, a flawed swing path or incorrect clubface angle can result in poor distance and accuracy.  This happens as we feel we need to swing harder, which impacts our ability to maintain the mechanics of the golf swing leading to mishits and even shorter distance.

Another factor to consider is the equipment used in golf. Different clubs are designed for varying distances, and choosing the right club can make a significant difference. For example,  choosing the wrong club and feeling the need to hit it perfectly adds additional stress and makes the player feel like they have to swing harder to achieve that distance.  Additionally, relying solely on power without considering the appropriate club and ball combination can lead to subpar distance results, as the equipment is not being utilized to its fullest potential.

Moreover, the physical and technical skills of a golfer are paramount in achieving maximum distance. Body mechanics, including the rotation and the proper transfer of weight are essential for generating clubhead speed efficiently and effortlessly.   Flexibility and strength are also important, but they must be complemented by proper timing and coordination. A smooth, well-timed swing with good rhythm often results in better distance than a forceful, uncoordinated swing. Thus, while strength is a component of generating distance, it must be integrated with sound technique and proper equipment use to achieve the best outcomes in golf.

The best way to achieve this is to work solely on your technique first to ensure that the mechanics of your swing are taking hold and this may mean swinging at 60% of total speed to feel the technique necessary to make solid contact which is the primary component of distance.

Once your technique is in place speed will start happening involuntarily as the body and mind start to become comfortable with your swing.

Distance always comes through great technique and not just trying to muscle the golf ball and hit it hard.  Distance is achieved in this order:

1. Face position at impact
2. Club Path
3. Club head Speed

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