Classic Swing Golf School – A Secret to Longer Drives

May 22, 2015 by Suzanne Burns 1 Comment

Good Friday Morning from Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach!  I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.  Classic Swing’s program is personalized. It is specifically aimed at each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The instructors have received national acclaim from students at every level, and from the PGA of America.

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Enjoy this awesome Tip from Ted…

A Secret to Longer Drives

Longer drives do not necessarily equate to lower scores, but they certainly help the ego! The bottom line with regards to hitting the ball further with any club, especially the driver, is increasing club head speed. However, there is one other ingredient that  also dramatically influences distance, and that is hitting the ball in the sweet spot. The sweet spot, also referred to as the longitudinal center of gravity, is most often the center of the club face on all clubs. In this tip, we are going to overlook club head speed and focus on the importance of sweet spot contact.

I would love to be able to recommend one tip, one solution to solve the distance riddle for everyone, but that is not possible with the golf swing. My 20 years of teaching golf full time has lead me to the conclusion that there are two major reasons that prevent golfers from hitting the ball solidly.   These culprits are an over active head and tension in the arms! In the golf instruction book I often reference and quote,  The Golfing Machine by Homer Kelley, the author considers the steady head an essential in the golf swing, and I agree wholeheartedly. From putt to drive, an overactive head makes hitting the ball in the sweet spot elusive if not mysterious. Therefore, focus on a steady head, and for most of you, that means feel like the head remains still until after you hit the ball.

 The next key for distance through sweet spot contact is soft arms. When the muscles in the arms contract or tighten, disaster is around the corner. A lighter grip pressure and consciously maintaining light arms to relax the muscles in the shoulders are some ways of defeating tension through body awareness. In my opinion, tension is the number one enemy in the game of golf, and when golfers search for distance, the muscles tend to tighten instead of relax.

As you embark on your quest for distance to help lower your scores, please do not over look the steady head and soft arms. Effort is not the answer!

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Ted Frick

Classic Swing has earned many accolades on which to hang its hat. Classic Swing Golf School is honorably distinguished as one of the “Top 25 Golf Schools in America” by Golf Magazine and was also voted “The Best Golf School in Myrtle Beach” in 2008.

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Doug Hansell May 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

AMEN, Ted.
Playing a few weeks ago and realized at the turn how tense my arms were. Made a conscious effort on the back nine to relax my grip and release tension before initiating the back swing and took 8 fewer strokes than on the front. Now – to remember that at the beginning of the round!

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