Taller golfers require longer shafts on their clubs to complement their swing and maintain correct posture. Even shorter players turn to taller shafts on their drivers in order to increase distance off the tee. A taller club will provide more yardage when swung at the same speed as a shorter driver. The key to swinging a taller driver is properly addressing the ball and maintaining correct swing mechanics.
Address the ball with your driver. One of the keys to swinging a long-shafted club is allowing enough space between your body and the ball for your arms to move freely. You do not want to get jammed where your arms are unable to extend through the swing plane. The end of the club's grip should be about the length of your hand away from your body. With a longer club, you will stand slightly further away from the ball than you would with a normal-sized driver.
Keep your arms extended as you begin your backswing. The result of your original stance further away from the ball is a flatter swing plane. This allows you to fully extend your arms into your backswing.
Stay under control, maintaining the same swing speed or one slightly slower than a shorter driver. A tall driver shaft allows for more power, but it takes away from your ability to control the ball. Take a controlled backswing and do not force the club back further than is comfortable.
Lead with your front shoulder and elbow as you begin your downswing. Arms stay extended away from your body. Your weight transfers from your back foot to your front foot just as it would with any other swing. Keep your eye on the ball as your driver makes contact.
Tips & Warnings
- Before committing to a long driver, test the club on a driving range or in practice rounds. More power is always desirable, but longer drivers do not work for everyone because of the change in swing plane.
- Watch competitors in a long drive competition as a reference point. These golfers use unconventionally long driver shafts in order to generate excessive power.
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