The 6 keys to hitting longer drives, according to LPGA bomber Maria Fassi

Maria Fassi is among the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

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Maria Fassi comes into the U.S. Women’s Open this week third in driving distance, and she’ll be hunting for her first major while playing alongside a couple other bombers — Bianca Pagdanganan and Anne Van Dam — during the first two rounds at Champions Golf Club.

Our man on the ground, Zephyr Melton, caught up with Fassi before her first round to learn more about how she bombs the ball — and what golfers at home can learn from it.

1. Push yourself

According to Fassi, the first step to hitting the ball longer is to push yourself on every swing. She learned that playing up alongside the male members of her club. If you’re committed to hitting the ball longer, then you can’t pick and chose, only swinging hard when you feel like it. You have to do it regularly.

“I grew up playing with guys, playing from their tees, so I think unconsciously that pushed me to swing even harder,” Fassi says. “Trying to keep up with the guys.”

2. Work on your flexibility

You don’t need to hit the gym to gain distance, though it certainly helps. But one thing she recommends all golfers work on, whether they enjoy working out or not, is their flexibility. The more elasticity you have in your swing, the faster you’ll be able to move.

“I’ve always been flexible and I work on it a lot, so it definitely helps,” she says.

3. Use the ground

You may have heard this one before, but that’s because it’s important. If you want to boost your swing speed, use the ground as leverage. Launch up off it for maximum speed.

“I try to use the ground as much as possible; use my legs and core,” Fassi says. “If you’re into working out, I focus on sprints and box jumps to help my legs be fast.”

4. Pay attention to your sequence

Golf swing “sequence” is a fancy way of saying that you want your downswing to move in the right order. Weight shifts first, then you rotate, then you rise. When that gets off, you’ll lose both distance and accuracy.

“That’s the one thing, making sure my body and club are in-sync,” Fassi says. “That’s where I work head during the off weeks, making sure the sequence of my swing is firing in the right way.”

5. Don’t think too much

There comes a point when you have to let go of all the knowledge you have and just swing freely. Power, after all, is about letting go. Don’t get bogged down in too many thoughts.

“Honestly, I don’t think about it or analyze it nearly as much as other people do,” Fassi says. “In my early years it didn’t really matter if it was going straight or not, I just wanted to be explosive.”

6. Trust it

When things do get off, don’t press the panic button. Just accept that golf is a game full of mishits, and move on to the next one, trusting in the process.

“It’s golf. You can be playing well, make a bad swing and lose one 50 yards right,” Fassi says. “But I still trust my technique, and trust that it’s going to be there when I need it.”

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Zephyr Melton Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with the Texas Golf Association, Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf. He can be reached at