How Weight of Driver Golf Club Affects Length of Drive

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Every golfer wants to hit the ball farther off the tee; distance with the driver is one of the game’s greatest attributes. Adding yardage to your tee shots can be done through a number of outlets, be it a lengthening of your backswing, a speeding up of your follow-through, or, in some cases, a changing of equipment.

There’s not a ton of flexibility when it comes to surface area and club head size for driver golf clubs available on the market today. That means you’re not going to find much variation in the weight of drivers, so you have to come up with different ways to make your club heavier. There are a few different reasons for wanting to add weight to your driver golf club, one of which being centeredness of contact. In this lesson, we teach you a simple method you can utilize to make your driver golf club a little heavier to locate the center of your club face and hit the golf ball farther.

Adding weight to your driver golf club

Many golfers believe they can add yards to their drive by making their driver golf club longer and lighter. It makes sense, doesn’t it: a longer swing means more room to pick up velocity, and a lighter driver golf club means less work in the backswing. Logistically, it seems plausible. However, we want to think in the opposite direction, and instead recommend adding weight to your driver golf club. That’s right, make your club heavier to hit the ball farther.

PGA Professional Eric Hogge explains why adding even the tiniest amount of weight to your driver golf club can have a big impact on the distance you get off the tee. He shows you what happens when he takes a normal swing with his driver golf club as is, then demonstrates the effect of a little bit of lead tape in terms of centeredness of contact. If you can make square contact with the ball in the optimal spot on your driver golf club, you stand a chance of hitting the ball farther consistently. See what a small amount of added weight can do for your driving game!

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6 Responses to “How Weight of Driver Golf Club Affects Length of Drive”
  1. Jerry Walczak

    What if my impact is near the toe? How do I add or remove weight then?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Jerry. If the impact on your driver is consistently near the toe and you have a driver with removable weight, you could try removing some weight and see if that helps move your impact toward the center of the clubface. But if your impact is consistently near the toe, I would advise you see a local PGA instructor to help identify some adjustments to your swing to help get your impact more center. Enjoy your time on the course and hope this helps.

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  2. Dow Timmen

    You started out with heel contact and the tape helped you move the contact more toward the center and toe. What about if your contact is out toward the toe and high on the face to begin with? Thanks so much.

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    • Customer Service

      If the impact on your driver is consistently near the toe and you have a driver with removable weight, you could try removing some weight and see if that helps move your impact toward the center of the clubface. But if your impact is consistently near the toe, I would advise you see a local PGA instructor to help identify some adjustments to your swing to help get your impact more center. Enjoy your time on the course and hope this helps.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Bob. Thanks for your question. Most of your local sporting goods retailer that carry golf equipment will carry lead tape, as do many online retailers. Some examples are Golfsmith, Dick’s, Golf Galaxy, Amazon, etc.. Hope this helps and good luck on the course!

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