Re: How did you gain distance in your drive?
Originally Posted by mdr817
Good, straight drives of 200 yards are great! Why are you so concerned?
Yeah, I know. I hit it about that distance and I want more too.
One. Launch monitor. Find out your optimal driver loft and ball. A launch monitor got me to switch from Titleist DT So/Los to Bridgestone e6s; I am able to see a distance increase right there. Lower loft != more distance 100% of the time!
Two. Exercise. Check out the One Shot with Sean Fister: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2.../myshot_gd0603
He suggests the muscle to exercise; this implies to me hammer curls. Exertubes with your arms can help. So can core strength; medicine ball works too. Stretching exercises.
Three. Flexibility, to allow you to make a strong, controlled swing. Note this doesn't mean "fast" (although all other things being equal, fast would be better; tempo is still more important!). I suggest yoga if it's available to you.
Four. Use the course conditions to help you. Can you get the ball to land on the decline of that hill? It should spring forward. If you land it past the decline on the slope below, even though it *carried* more, the overall distance might be less. This means that, in some conditions, the Driver isn't your longest club off the tee.
Five. Be happy with what you have, make a smooth controlled swing, and distance will come with time. My average drive isn't much past 200, but sometimes I make a smooth controlled swing, just to put the ball in the fairway, and I find it 240 yards from the tees.
You aren't trying to win a long-drive competition tomorrow, are you? Work on your short game so that when you have length off the tee, you can take advantage of that to score. The woods are full of long hitters. You want to be a long hitter who posts low scores, right? And it won't hurt you while you're a "short" hitter either.
Work on your wedges and putter. You'll post better scores that way.