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How to Hit a 400-Yard Drive

Dominate your weekend round with the boys by bombing long balls off the tee. Here's how.

If the start of the PGA Tour has you pumped up about improving your golf game, we've got the answer to blowing your buddies' minds with a long ball off the tee.

“Separation, separation, separation. It’s all about separation,” says Don Saladino, owner of New York City’s Drive 495. "Your upper body has to spin one way, while your lower body remains still."

Saladino says that getting distance in your golf swing isn’t so much as how big your muscles are, but how you maintain a balanced swing.

"You want to keep your lower and upper body as loose as possible," he says. "Arm and thigh foam roller exercises work great for this. You also want to have flexible glutes because keeping a balanced swing depends upon it. Practicing hip flexor stretches and bridge exercises will help improve these muscles."

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Saladino, whose brother is a top amateur golfer, says separating your upper body motion from lower body movement is the ultimate key to increasing power. When golfers like Watson, Woods, or Mcllroy tee off, they’re able to keep their legs relatively still as their upper body rotates backwards and forwards. Reach-back exercises and split-stance training will help in this separation.

"The closer you are to gaining that upper/lower body rotation separation in your swing, the more power you’ll be able to generate," Saladino says.

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The Long Drive Workout

Complete 3 full-body workouts per week.

Exercise(s):
Front Squat
3x10

Push Ups superset with Face Pulls
3x15 per exercise

Lat Pull Down superset with Side Lateral Raises
3x12 each exercise

Cable Woodchops     
3x10 per side

Russian Twists with or without weight    
3x10-15  

Stretches:

V Sit and Reach    
3x10

Scorpion     
3x10  

Cobra Pose    
3x30 second holds

 

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