Long-drive champion Kyle Berkshire’s 4 workout tips to gain major yards off the tee
Hitting the ball longer is the result of a multitude of factors, but one of the easiest ways to add yards is through working out. But you can’t just do any old workouts — it needs to be focused on muscle groups that will allow you to swing in a powerful and efficient manner. Here are four workouts I use to get the most out of my swing.
1. Speed stretches
Simple back-bend stretches increase your spine’s range of motion, allowing you to get your hands higher on your backswing — one of my trademark power moves. While you’re at it, do side-bend stretches, sliding each hand as far down each side of your body as you can. Creating more side bend during exercise allows you to maintain correct posture when you swing — especially when swinging at top speed.
2. Train your power muscles
“You have to pull down hard from the top to generate speed.” My coach’s words got me in the habit of doing lat pull-downs in the gym, and it’s made all the difference in the world. Other useful exercises: dumbbell curls (to increase forearm strength) and dead lifts (to strengthen your legs).
3. Sprint for speed
I’m a believer in doing things that allow your body to move at its fastest without relying on mechanics or positions. That’s why I like to do sprints. When you bust out of the blocks, you aren’t thinking about technique. You’re just going. That’s what long driving is all about, too. Release your inner athlete, no matter your age.
4. Go for broke
The best advice I can lend any golfer looking to hit the ball farther is to swing hard in practice. Dedicate one day a week to letting it rip with driver. Start with 25 balls. If you don’t end up in a sweat, you’re doing it wrong. This drill even helped my coach pick up 15 mph.