We've read through and tried literally dozens of tips for increasing driving distance, and we'll bet that you have too.
After much trial (and error) working with players of all skill levels, these are the five tips we've found that deliver the most significant and immediate benefit.
Before we begin: watch these 4 pros drive simultaneously.
What common mechanics do they all share?
While there are many, many observations to be made, here are the top five tips (as demonstrated perfectly by these pros) to increasing your drive distance:
#1 - Take a big, fast final step
In the video, you can see all four pros take a long, fast final step followed by a huge push forward from their back foot. As covered in our research on the Science of Distance, release velocity is the primary determining factor of distance, with each one mph of incremental speed yielding an additional 7 feet of distance.
Taking an aggressive final step with a big push can increase your forward momentum by 4-5 mph, ultimately adding around 30 feet to your drive.
#2 - Look Away!
The natural tendency is for players to keep their eyes looking in the direction they want to throw and "on the target", but keeping your head turned forward limits the rotation range of your torso and shoulders during your backswing, robbing your throw of critical rotation power.
All four pros above turn their head at least 90 degrees away from their drive line during the backswing.
#3 - Lead with Your Elbow
Looking again to the pros, the disc is drawn forward with a leading elbow, pulling the disc in an almost perfectly straight-forward path.
This efficient motion eliminates wasted lateral energy while simultaneously generating high initial arm speed that is magnified by the forward whip of the forearm and snap of the wrist.
#4 - Minimize release friction
Grip is primarily maintained by the tips of your fingers pressed against the underside lip of the disc's rim. This creates a nice, clean, low-friction release.
#5 - Choose the Right Disc (2 Simple Steps)
To maximize distance, you must find a driver that matches your particular release angle and velocity to get the optimal disc turnover and distance flight pattern.
To do this, we have developed a two-step process:
STEP 1: Watch our comprehensive Video Guide on Choosing a Driver for Max Distance:
We can almost GUARANTEE you will learn more about disc selection in the nine minutes it takes to watch this video than you will learn in months of searching around the web:
Step 2: Begin with one of the proven drivers below, then use what you have learned in the above video to make any needed adjustments.
For Drivers, we have three top recommendations based on your current skill level:
- Best for Beginner/Intermediate Players
- Best For Advanced players who typically throw drives under 400'
- Best For Advanced Players who typically throw drives over 400'
Option #1: Best for Beginner / Intermediate Players
- Mold: Valkyrie
- Manufacturer: Innova
- Plastic: GStar
- Weight Class: 162-172g
The Valkyrie is a real anomaly: while its relatively narrow rim and perfectly balanced Turn and Fade make it the ideal driver for beginners, it also held the world distance record (830′) for an incredible ten years.
Because this combination of “user friendliness” and distance potential make the Valkyrie a disc beginners will never outgrow, to increase longevity and help newer players generate additional turnover we recommend the durable, relatively understable GStar plastic in its lightest available weight classes (165-172g).
Option #2: Best for Advanced Players who typically throw drives UNDER 400'
Blizzard plastic uses small interior bubbles of air to reduce overall disc weight without sacrificing other physical properties.
Physics calculations of force, mass, and acceleration prove the amount of energy it takes to accelerate a 175g disc to 50mph will also accelerate a 155g disc to 56.5mph.
That six extra MPH could add over 40 feet to your drive!
Option #3: Best for Advanced Players who typically throw drives OVER 400'
- Mold: Destroyer
- Manufacturer: Innova
- Plastic: Star
- Weight Class: 165-169g
The Destroyer is not only the current most popular professional driver, it is also the go-to Disc for 4-time (and current) PDGA Champion, Paul McBeth. In fact, Paul typically competes with six different Destroyers in his bag.
Paired with the overstable Star plastic and a moderate weight of 165-169g, the Destroyer delivers even more predictable flight in a wide variety of weather and wind conditions while still generating superior distance.
To reiterate, this disc is not for beginners, but advanced players with good release velocity will significantly benefit from the Destroyer's combination of high-distance and consistency.
To further optimize your game, please watch our Video Guide Series on flight ratings and weight selection. You'll learn the correct methodology for choosing your next disc based on the flight patterns you are experiencing with your current discs.
Also, If you have any specific thoughts or questions, let us know using our contact page! We're always happy to help.
Have a great Round!