How to Train to Hit Golf Balls Far

By Steve Silverman
Strength training and exercise can help a golfer get more distance and improve his or her game.
Strength training and exercise can help a golfer get more distance and improve his or her game.

One of the biggest changes in the game of golf over the past 20 years has been the attention given to training and getting in better shape to play the game. In the 1960s and 1970s, pear-shaped professionals could be found frequently on the pro tour. However, those days are becoming distant memories as players spend more of their time and effort on getting in shape and staying in shape. A stronger golfer can get more distance and hit the ball more effectively.

Work on your core strength in order to hit the ball farther. Sit on an exercise ball and find your balance point. Hold 5-pound dumbbells in each hand and do 10 curls with each arm. You can alternate arms or do 10 on the right side and 10 on the left side. Take a 30-second break after the set and then do another set.

Learn to balance yourself while lying on the exercise ball. Lie down on the middle of the ball. From a resting position, extend your arms and legs so only the middle of your body is resting on the middle of the ball. Hold the position for 5 seconds and then do 10 more extensions. Take a 30-second break and do another set.

Lay down on the ground and put your body on the ground and your feet on the top of the exercise ball. With your arms at your side, push your buttocks off the ground so your body is in a straight line. Return to your original position and repeat this exercise 10 times. Take a 30-second break and do another set. This will help build lower-body strength.

Swing a weighted club as you practice your swing. A weighted club weighs about three pounds and is good for your arms, wrists and shoulders. If you can swing that club, you will be able to swing a regulation golf club with more speed and precision.

Go to the driving range and work on the timing of your swing. Hitting the ball farther is not necessarily the function of swinging the club as hard as you can. Instead, it is a matter of getting your hips, legs, hands, arms and shoulders all working together. If you can build the timing and precision needed to hit the ball consistently you can add distance to your swing.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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