Get more distance…… fast

Now that I’m getting older I’ve lost so much distance that those long par fours and the shorter fives are a real drain on my game. There was the odd short par four that I used to be able to reach off the tee if all the stars and planets were aligned. Many par fives were reachable in two shots but alas that is now a thing of the past.

So I began to look for technology or anything to get that extra little bit of distance. I even tried the old favourite of hitting the ball then running backwards but to no avail. I’ve always hit the ball high so the distance loss is extreme. The ball lands and just sits there and looks at me as if to say “yeah I’m getting old too man“

I used to draw a smiley face on one spot on my ball and a sad face on another. I thought it appropriate. Nothing takes you from the penthouse to the basement as quickly as golf. Just one shot and you plunge from the monthly medal winner to mid field obscurity. The problem was that each time I played a bad shot it was always the sad face that was looking up at me when I stood over the next shot. So I started to draw smileys on both spots.

Now they look at me with a droopy old expression. I can see the pain in their backs, their legs are getting tired, visions a bit dimmed and they wish it were all over. Maybe that’s why I lost distance.

Simple cures for lack of distance

However…I have found the answer. It works, it feels great, the ego is on a high and my youth is in sight again albeit from memory.

I recently took a trip to visit a friend in Colorado. Denver is ‘The Mile High City’ it sits 5280 feet above sea level. The air is thin and the ball travels fifty metres extra with the driver and up to three clubs with the irons. I have never hit so many balls over the green as I did in Denver. It felt great.

After Denver I went to the Rockies, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. Some of these places are fourteen thousand feet above sea level. I’m not suggesting that you build your own golf course at fourteen thousand feet that would be silly. The answer is much simpler than that. Prioritise. All you need to do is move to Denver. Easy cure for the distance problem. No huge lesson fees and no time on the range.

What’s that I hear you ask? “What about the wife and kids and family?” Well they’ll have nothing to complain about; they will get more distance too.