Changing How We Look at Distance

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Would you rather hit an 8 iron into a green or a wedge?

If you didn’t say wedge then you must have a really good relationship with your 8 iron. Trust me, I understand. There is something about hitting my 6 iron off the tee that gets me really excited even though it really taps out at ~215.

I would still take the wedge 10 times out of 10. Any time I can hit a shorter club, I have a better chance of hitting the green and with better proximity. Of late my play has improved along side my GIR. I have also noticed that I have had a lot of wedges into greens.

Now, when I pose the question a little bit differently the response can change.

Would you rather hit the ball 20 yds further or hit more fairways? A lot of people are going to say fairways. Golf is a lot easier when played from the fairway (especially your own).

I had one of my best nine hole rounds this past weekend and I hit every fairway. I also hit 6 greens.

I have also hit 6/7 fairways and shot really poorly. I have never played bad when I hit 6/9 greens, though.

Distance is certainly not everything but it does matter. The closer you are to the pin, the easier it is going to be to hit the green. Hitting the green is one of the best ways to shoot lower scores.

Let me know if I am missing something there.

from Practical Golf


A good program can help you improve your strength while maintaining mobility. It is the easiest way to increase distance.

If you would like shorter shots into greens, resulting in more hit, then don’t disregard distance. You don’t need to hit it 300+ but don’t dismiss the importance of an extra 20.

I do find it frustrating when golfers disregard the importance of distance. One of my main philosophies for golf training is to not be afraid of strength. Strength means more club head speed, which results in more distance.


I do not want to discount accuracy because you do need to be in play to shoot lower scores.

I want to try to change the conversation from distance off the tee being important to distance from the green. As the chart above dictates, it matters a good amount.

Everyone’s objection is that they do not need to hit it further to play well. They will take being more accurate.

I do not dispute that. This is not an either/or scenario. You can have both. I am trying to give golfers the extra 20 yards without changing anything else. Accuracy will not suffer as long as you maintain your swing.

What if accuracy is the same? Take two golfers that hit 10/14 fairways. Who has a better chance to shoot lower: golfer A or golfer B who is 20 yards ahead?

Statistically, golfer B has the advantage.

Another scenario is the club off of the tee. Many golfers are more accurate with a hybrid than a driver. Well, if you hit the ball further you can now hit the hybrid as far as the driver was going.

Getting More Distance

Strength training is going to be the biggest fitness factor in adding distance. Strength creates power and power drives the golf swing.

Mobility training is still important but that is going to have more effect on accuracy and injury risk reduction.

A total body program will provide the increases that you need to gain those extra 20 yards. If you were ever able to pair that up with some instruction, the results would be tremendous.

If you want to play better you need to hit more greens. Being closer is a simple way to do that.

If you need some guidance on strength training for golf then check out Distance Made Simple for Golf. This 12 week program is only $99 and will help you get closer to the green.