Golf tips: How to hit longer

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 May 2015

How to set up for a drive with spine tilted

How to set up for a drive with spine tilted


Ingrebourne Links professional Andrew Clissold has more advice

Why don’t you hit the ball long?

There may be many reasons you don’t drive the ball to your potential, such as lack or clubhead speed or a poor strike, but many amateurs I coach hit the ball too low with their driver and the ball doesn’t fly far enough.

The best players in the world launch the ball very high, one of the biggest reasons the ball goes so far and something we can all do.

How can you launch the ball higher for more distance?

To launch the ball high and far, set up with the ball opposite your left arm pit (for right handed golfer). This will encourage an upward strike on the ball. You also want to set your spine slightly away from the target.

Now you’re ready to rocket that ball high and far!

During your swing, we want to maintain that spine angle, especially on your downswing.

Also to help get some extra loft, I’d like to see the club shaft leaning back as illustrated. When you hit your drives, try to hit up and hit it as high as you can!

If you want to learn how to drive the ball longer, you can call Andrew on 01708 552054 or 07931 587342 or email

See website for more.

Latest East London Sports News


Essex make an immediate switch of formats as they return to Vitality Blast action against Sussex, following the sensational Specsavers County Championship victory over Kent.

Ross Embleton recently provided an update on the fitness of Jobi McAnuff, James Dayton and Jamie Turley

Leyton Orient's players and staff show they belong in League Two with victory against a team which should have won promotion last season


England's women progressed to the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships with a narrow victory over an extremely plucky Belarus side.


London Lions have added Spanish guard Jorge Romero to their roster, after enjoying a stellar career in his home country.


Essex Senior League: Sawbridgeworth Town 2 Sporting Bengal United 3


Essex wicketkeeper Adam Wheater admitted their three-wicket win at Kent in the County Championship was 'hard to explain'.

Yesterday, 22:03

League Two: Mansfield Town 2 Leyton Orient 3


It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists