Category: Golf Balls

What is the best way in golf to maximize the distance the ball travels?

Everyone is searching for distance. From Tour Players to Amateurs, they all want to hit the ball further, and as a GOLF Top 100 Teacher, I help my students hit the ball longer every day. Over time I’ve noticed that there are 10 common things that I see when golfers struggle with distance.

Before you get going, I’d recommend picking one or two of these and work on it for two to three weeks. Any change takes time and give yourself a chance. Take the time to really improve in that one area and see if it makes a difference. You should see improvement if you put the focus and the time in on making the change.

Center contact is so important for golfers. It makes the shot feel great and it is where you optimize your distance. There are two problems that I see most amateur golfers have. They either hit the ball all over the club face or they hit the same area but it’s the wrong spot. If you are about 1 inch off of the center, you are losing about 10% of your distance.

You have to practice swinging faster to speed up your swing. If you are trying to get stronger, you have to increase the weight. The goal is to get you comfortable swinging the club faster and be able to hold your finish. Not swing out of control.

The goal for golfers is to have the shaft leaning more forward than when it started. Lots of golfers have their shaft leaning back at impact. This adds loft and also affects contact on the golf ball. Lots of tour players have a 7 iron and turn it into a 6 or 5 iron. Amateur golfers do the opposite, they take a 7 iron and turn it into a 8 or 9 iron. Just by improving your impact, you can gain distance without swinging any faster.

Having great footwork is really important to help gain distance. The ground is a huge power source for a lot of golfers. At the tour level, you have Justin Thomas, Phil Mickleson and Lexi Thompson who really used the ground for power. Kyle Berkshire, winner of the Long Drive Competition, utilizes the ground to generate power. You can watch how he works back into his right side, then back to his left and an upward push off of the ground to smack the ball.

Having a faster tempo can gain distance in your swing. Too often players are told to slow down. Swing slower. You can not gain distance swinging slower.

How fast does a golf ball travel when driven off the tee?

There are many different ways to measure how fast a golf ball travels. For the purpose of this article the focus will be the initial velocity of the ball after impact. Velocity is defined as the rate at which the golf ball changes its position.

Guidelines on Velocity

The USGA and The R&A (the European golf governing body) rule that the velocity of the golf ball shall not be greater than 250 ft. (76.2 m.) per second. 

Effects on Speed

There are several factors that can affect ball velocity. Club speed is a big contributor; however, hitting the sweet spot of the club is the most important factor. The material of the club and angle of approach can also produce varying ball speeds. Titanium offers the greatest increase to ball velocity.

Calculating Ball Velocity

To capture the velocity of the ball use this equation:

velocity = (clubhead speed x coefficient of restitution) / (1.0 + (mass of ball / mass of clubhead))

1.62 oz. is the weight of most golf balls.

Example of Velocity

With a 100-mph swing, using an 11-degree driver with .825 COR and 200 gram head weight, assuming a center hit the golf ball, velocity would be 148 mph.

Average Pro Speeds

When testing equipment, the USGA uses a swing speed of 109 mph to simulate a professionals swing speed. This results in a ball speed of around 180 mph. 

Velocity and Air Resistance and Gravity

The fastest velocity is just after impact. The golf ball will continue to lose speed until it reaches its peak height. The ball will then face a loss of momentum and spin rate due to air resistance and gravity. 

How can I hit a golf ball 300 yards?

To drive the golf ball 300 yards it will take a mixture of practicing the golf swing, having the right equipment, increasing clubhead speed and doing the right golf training drills. It takes hard work and dedication and is an achievement that golfers who invest time into their game will benefit from.

The below steps outline how to drive a golf ball 300 yards. We will list the steps first and then explain what they are. There isn’t a secret when looking to hit the ball long and straight as it really does take hard work, practice, and getting the fundamentals right.

Mastering The Swing Basics

The golf swing is a complex pattern of movement that begins with the golf ball and culminates in a motion similar to an arc above your head. The golf swing fundamentals consists of several main components for an effective swing:

Leg power: Used to propel you off the ground and prevent side-to-side movement at impact. This is typically generated by bending the knees as you shift weight backward and push off the rear leg during backswing.

Torso rotation: Used to rotate your body in a circle around the hip, with your shoulders rotating during the downswing and your elbows rotating during the upswing. It is also used to generate clubhead speed and clubhead angle with perfect technique essential.

Body motion: Helps generate club speed (clubhead speed), transfers energy from one place in your body to another, and ensures stability throughout the swing. It starts with an open stance and good body posture where both feet are on ground level and ends with a closed stance where one foot is up in backswing and gets placed on the ground in the backswing.

Timing: Correct timing is used to ensure that your entire body is doing the same thing simultaneously. It helps you make that final move from backswing to impact by ensuring clubhead speed and clubhead angle are in sync with excellent timing to hit the center of the ball.

What golf ball is best for slow swing speeds?

Although swing speed is talked about more than ever before, many golfers won’t really know what theirs is. So, what might be considered a slower swing speed?

How far you hit it off the tee with a driver is certainly a major clue. TrackMan data accumulated over several years has revealed that the ‘average’ mid-teen-handicap, male golfer has a swing speed of 93.4mph with the driver and hits it 214 yards.

If you don’t hit it as far as that, your swing would be in the slower half of golf’s swing speed spectrum, and you could be just the sort of golfer to benefit most from the ball models we showcase here.

1. TaylorMade Soft Response golf ball:

The TaylorMade Soft Response is one of two Response models sitting beneath the brand’s premium TP5 product, along with the Tour Response ball.

Soft Response has been designed with moderate swing speeds in mind, offering all-round performance with a softer feel, courtesy of a soft but durable ionomer cover.

2. Titleist Tour Soft golf ball:

The latest Tour Soft features Titleist’s largest-ever core and an ultra-thin 4CE grafted cover, which combine for more distance and more short-game spin than the previous model.

The new spherically-tiled 342 cuboctahedron dimple design is geared up for a penetrating ball flight that’s more stable when the wind gets up.

The Tour Soft ranks among the very best non urethane-covered balls for feel, so is highly playable around the greens too.

3. Mizuno RB566 golf ball:

A large, high-energy core, the unique 566-dimple cover and a soft-compression design hold the keys to the Mizuno RB566’s excellent distance credentials and prolonged ball flight.

The core generates a straighter, more stable ball flight while the 566 micro-dimple design delays the rate of descent to eke out more yards

4. Srixon Soft Feel golf ball:

Srixon’s latest Soft Feel model has been engineered to help slower-swinging golfers max out their distances while retaining excellent greenside feel.

At the heart of the Soft Feel lies Srixon’s softest FastLayer Core, which is soft in the centre and firmer around its outer edges. Srixon says this design snaps the ball back into shape more quickly after impact for added ball speed.

5. Callaway Supersoft Magna golf ball:

The updated HEX Aerodynamics reduce drag and enhance lift for more carry and distance with a higher flight, something many slower swingers struggle to achieve.

Callaway says that the extra forgiveness the Magna version offers is down to a higher centre of gravity and MOI, which could help slower swingers make better contact and launch it higher.