One of the most common things to happen to your golf game as you age is losing golf swing speed and distance. But there are golfers out there who still hit it as far as – or farther than – they ever did as they age.
So why do older golfers lose distance? And how can senior golfers increase their power and overall distance? This video gives you some simple reasons for a loss of distance, as well as some senior golf tips and drills to help you regain that lost distance off the tee!
Golf equipment – if you have golf clubs that are 20 years old, they were probably built for someone who was 20 years younger. Also, adding a couple of golf hybrids to your bag to replace some long irons. Hybrid clubs are typically a little easier to get the ball in the air and are generally easier clubs to hit than long irons.
Flexibility and mobility – as we get older, we tend to lose some strength, our balance might not be quite what it used to be, and we also lose some flexibility. So what are some things we can do to offset these things?
Setup tips – give your toes a little bit of flare, which will allow your hips to turn and open up more, which allows your chest and body to rotate more, your arms to generate a longer swing, and the club can travel farther and increase a little more length in your golf game.
Specifically for the driver, bump your lead hip toward the target and tilt your upper body a little bit behind the ball, which will preset you to hit up on the golf ball. And if you hit up on the golf ball, you increase launch, decrease spin, and add some distance as a result.
Finally, take a slightly wider golf stance, which will help with balance in the golf swing. If you struggle with staying balanced, you probably slow your swing speed down to stay more in control. Having a wider, more stable golf stance and posture will allow you to turn up the speed and stay in balance through the swing, adding to your overall driving distance.
How about some golf swing basics to add some speed and distance? When you swing the club, feel like you are swinging your arms. If you have a lot of body movement, you need a lot of strength, athleticism and balance to get more distance and speed. But if you are using your arms versus your body to increase swing speed, you can generate it much more easily.
For some drills, start with your feet together and swing your arms back and through. As you make your backswing and swing through, you may start to feel your weight swaying from side to side. But as you get more comfortable and feel your body staying more centered, you will also start feeling what it’s like to swing your arms and add speed.
The next drill is a balance drill, but also helps with rhythm, tempo and pressure shift. As you make your back swing over your trail shoulder (for right-handed golfer), say right and feel your pressure in the trail foot. As you make your swing over the lead shoulder, say left and feel the pressure move to the lead foot. Make a few practice swings repeating this, then step up and take a shot. These senior golf swing tips will help you improve rhythm, tempo and balance, helping you increase club head speed.
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