Long Drive Tip #3: Go Soft to Get Strong with Your Drives

Paul Horton uses techniques he shared with Lisa Longball to help you get more power off the tee

Golf balls will be lighting up the sky next week as the world’s longest drivers convene for the 44th annual World Long Drive Championship at WinStar World Casino and Resort on the Texas/Oklahoma border. Golf Channel’s live coverage begins Tuesday night, September 3rd, with the Women’s and Masters Championship, and concludes Wednesday night, September 4th, under the lights with the Men’s Championship.

To get you ready for next week’s championships, we’re running a long drive tip each day this week from Golf Channel Academy lead coaches Paul Horton and Bob McArthur from the Golf Academy at Heritage Pointe in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Horton and McArthur have worked with numerous professional golfers and athletes, including six-time World Long Drive champion Jason Zuback and eight-time Canadian Long Drive champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk (pictured).

In today’s video tip, Horton demonstrates a tip he gave to Vlooswyk—the first woman to hit a 350-yard drive in competition—to help create more leverage and maximize your clubhead speed into the ball. Loose muscles are fast muscles so see if this grip pressure tip helps you lengthen out your drives.