Here are a few clues – do not swing harder or get a new driver or change your shafts! Although all of those ideas might help, the best, and simplest, way to hit longer shots is to strike the ball better. Plain and simple!
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Generally speaking, to maximize ball speed (which translates directly into distance) it is more important to improve centerdness of impact than to increase club speed. An off-center impact is less efficient in transferring energy from the club to the ball, thus some of the power of the club speed is lost, resulting in a lower initial ball speed and consequently less carry distance.
While increasing the velocity of the clubhead would increase distance, I’m sure we are all well aware what happens when we swing harder – perhaps increased speed, but far less control and very often a less centered hit. This is where smash factor comes in. Smash factor is a measurement where the ball speed is divided by the clubhead speed and essentially is the efficiency of the hit – how well was the energy of the swing transferred into the golf ball to make it go. The more centered, or solid, the hit, the further it will go. And, being aware that most of us do not have the ability to measure the smash factor of our shots it is important to be aware that if you want to hit it longer (and I’ve only ever met one person who didn’t!) the direction one should take should be in search of a better hit and not necessarily a faster clubhead.
A few good drills and articles to improve the quality of your ball striking: