Assume a position that's going to help you achieve that vital extra distance
To increase power and generate more distance from the tee, whilst also maintaining accuracy, a solid set-up is needed. Slight changes to your normal set up can help you to gain an extra 20 to 30 yards from your tee shots.
Tilting your spine away from the target will help to launch the ball slightly higher and increase carry - especially downwind. Teeing the ball slightly higher and placing the ball slightly further forward in the stance will also help you to achieve more carry.
To generate more distance, you will need good mobility in order to improve rotation. You will also need to swing the arms faster to help generate more swing and clubhead speed. Both of the former require a solid base, which is provided by a slightly wider stance than normal - this helps with balance. Balance within the swing is the key to consistency and accuracy with your golf shots.
Finally, by splaying the feet slightly open it allows the body to rotate more freely and more than normal increasing the length of the swing arc. See the pics and explanations below for more details...
>> Upper Body - FIG. 1
At set-up, it is advisable to tilt your spine slightly away from the target. Your right shoulder should be slightly lower than your left (right-handed golfer). This helps to create the correct weight distribution at set-up as well as the ideal launch conditions at impact for a long drive.
>> Lower Body - FIG. 1
Balance is key to increasing distance and maintaining accuracy, to do this you will need to provide a wide solid base - especially as you will be swinging harder and faster at the ball. Your stance should be slightly wider than shoulder width and with both feet slightly splayed open to help rotation during the backswing and through the swing.
>> Grip - FIG. 2
To increase distance, you need to generate more clubhead speed. Try a lighter grip pressure throughout the swing. This will help to release any tension in the hands and forearms and allow you to release the clubhead more freely. Also, you can strengthen your grip to promote a draw which will give you more distance.
>> Posture - FIG. 3
As with any good golf shot, it is imperative to have good angles at address and maintain those angles throughout the golf swing. This will help deliver a consistent, straight strike, which in turn helps to generate a more powerful, more accurate golf shot. It is pointless increasing your swing speed and the clubhead speed if you cannot strike the ball out of the middle of the clubface.
Gavin Abson is the Head PGA Golf Professional at The Carrick. For lessons, call Gavin on 01764 694343. Follow him on Twitter: @GavinAbson