July 4

How to Get Explosive Driver Distance on this Fourth of July

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Happy fourth of July! Is everyone eating their hot dogs? Anyone going to watch some fireworks? An even better question: is anyone golfing this holiday season? I know I am!

So to celebrate the holiday, I’m going to give you a few simple tips for explosive driver distance on this Fourth of July holiday.  See what I did there?  Sometimes- OK, rarely- I can be pretty clever…


There are a few things you can do to hit the ball farther, without any changes to your equipment:

Tee the ball higher.  Simple enough.  This promotes a more upward angle of attack (aka: AoA), which studies have proven leads to more driver distance.

Tilt your spine angle away from the target.  Like teeing the ball higher, this promotes that positive AoA.  Do make sure that either your grip is strong or you really fire your hands closed through impact on this one, though.

Ensure that the hands aren’t ahead of the clubhead at address.  These first three are all things you can do in your setup to put yourself  in a position to increase your AoA.  We definitely don’t want to hit down on the ball; this promotes a downward, or negative, AoA.  Good for irons/wedges, not for distance with a driver.

Hit a draw.  Even though if everything else about the swing is the same, a draw does tend to travel farther than a fade.  If you want more distance, don’t hit a fade.

Don’t be a Magilla Gorilla out there.  Sure, swinging fast is cool… but what good is a 100mph swing if you’re never finding the “sweet spot”?  Dial it back to about 75-80% of your total effort.  Not a “sexy” answer, I know… but efficient contact with the sweet spot is critical to optimizing distance potential.


I hope these tips help.  Have a great holiday!  If you haven’t, why not sign up below, to get these straight to your email’s inbox?

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Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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