4 Keys To Effective Driving Distance Control In Golf
Do you find controlling driving distance really difficult to master? Just not getting near the hole from only 100 yards or let pass the greens can impinge on your scorecard seriously. Obviously, when your scores are higher, the strain to putt and chip is much higher. You can go through the following advice to control the driving distance using any kind of wedge and approach any distance with precision and confidence from 100 yards.
Methods to control distance with wedges
- Grip high on your club. It will let you take a regular full swing. The shorter radius of the swing will make the ball fly slightly lesser distance.
- Cut down your backswing: You can refer to the clock system recommended by many golf experts. During the backswing, bring back your hands to nine o’clock, ten o’clock or eleven o’clock in order to determine the distance the wedge shot is going to fly.
- Slow down your tempo: This will also enable you send the ball less far.
Makeup of the wedges
A thumb rule for controlling distance is to ensure that you keep enough gaps between the wedges. You must take enough wedges along so that you can cover most of the distances from 100 yards or lesser. You need to figure out how much farther you can hit the driver and how much farther you can hit the pitching wedge. Judge the difference among the distances. Then, divide it by the number of clubs you are carrying which cover that distance.
You also need to figure out the number of clubs you have to carry between the distance of full wedge and at a 20 yards distance. For instance, pitching wedge, sand wedge, gap wedge and lob wedge, etc. can be used to cover 20 yards with each club. Using this breakdown, you can identify any weaknesses or gaps within your clubs which need to be filled appropriately.
A drill to control your distance
You can control the club length by using the clock drill mentioned above. You can imagine that you are having a huge clock around the golf swing you make. The position of golf ball denotes 6 o’clock and your head is exactly at 12 o’clock. Use this clock face for judging the backswing length and follow through. If you do not want to decelerate, you must ensure that the length of your follow through is same as that of the backswing.
You can use this clock to control the flight of ball. For chip shots, you must swing from 8 to 4 o’clock. For standard shots, you can swing from 9 to 3 o’clock. For longer length of shots, you can swing from 10 to 2 o’clock. For full length shots, you can swing from 11 to 1 o’clock. With every hour of difference, the ball will cover 10-15 yards more or less.