Want to know how to increase your golf swing speed? Tired of having to lay up on the par 5 while all your buddies go for it? Even though distance only plays a small part of scoring well on the golf course, many golfers want in on the secrets of hitting the long ball.
The average golf swing speed for an amateur golfer is 93.4 mph. You will be surprised though how easy it is to increase your golf swing speed.
Let’s talk physics for one second. I know you didn’t click on this page to read about physics but don’t just leave yet. A little understanding of the golf swing and how physics work will help you increase club head speed.
There are two motions occurring simultaneously in the golf swing. There is a rotational motion occurring with the shoulders, arms, wrists, and club. You can also say there is a horizontal movement occurring with your weight being shifted to the right side on the back swing and then back to the left on the downswing.
The model of the golf swing is a double pendulum. In a double pendulum there are two links. In the case of the golf swing, there are the shoulders and arms which rotate about the torso. The second link of the pendulum is the club and wrists. The club hinges from the wrists creating wrist cock.
The angle that is formed between the wrists and the club is stored energy waiting to be released. The downswing is started by the unwinding of the shoulders and hips. At the same time there is a weight transfer being made with a rotating motion to the left.
The rotating motion of the shoulders starts the club to move back down towards the ball. The angle created with the hands and club has yet to be released. The release does not start occurring until the club starts to approach the ball. A perfect release will deliver the club head into the golf ball at its highest speed of the pendulum.
The release of the wrists in combination of the rotating hips and shoulders is what creates club head speed. A late release of the club head will mean the club head has not reached its peak velocity, but has already struck the golf ball. This creates lost energy. An early release of the club will mean club head has already surpassed its top velocity and is slowing down creating wasted energy.
Can you see why ball position is so important in the golf swing? Your ball position determines where the golf swing speed is the highest.
Let it Rip!
So…now that I have confused the heck out of you, are you ready to bomb it 300 yards. All joking aside there are ways to implement the proper release without having to think about all the physics stuff.
First step to increase golf swing speed is to maintain a light grip pressure throughout the entire golf swing. Golf grip pressure determines a natural release. Squeezing your golf club to death is going to make it difficult to have wrist cock in the back swing and a proper release on the down swing.
I like to compare my golf pressure to driving a car. I hold the steering wheel loose and I am not strangling it.
Second, there needs to be a proper weight shift. I know there is a lot of stuff out there about rotating around your center and keeping your head still, but, I believe there has to be some horizontal shift in the golf swing.
I believe there is weight shift in the golf swing because it is a natural movement in all sports. There is a natural weight shift towards a target in baseball, boxing, tennis, and so on. I think it is a great catalyst to start and finish the golf swing.
I do not believe that weight shift is the only component in taking the club back. There is a combination of weight shift and rotation at the same time.
Which leads me to the third step, rotation. The rotating motion of the shoulders and arms as one unit is going to get the club and wrists in the correct position at the top of the swing. A horizontal movement back to the left with an unwinding of the hips and shoulders is going to start the club back down towards the ball.
The end result if everything has been done correctly will be a properly released club head.
Here are some of my favorite drills to learn proper club release, weight shift, and rotation.
Find Your Release Point
I always have found the best way to improve is to implement drills and swing aids. One of the best swing aids that I have used to find my release point and train for speed is the Momentus Swing Trainer. The product has been around forever but it has helped me find the proper swing path. It also is built with a golf grip training aid so you know you are gripping the club correctly.
You don’t hit balls with it but it is a training club to mimic an actual golf club. After practicing with the swing trainer, my swing is smooth and in control. It is one of the training aids I trust out there on the market to help improve my game.
Split Grip Drill
For a right handed golfer, take your normal grip and now slide your right hand all the way down to the shaft. Your hands should be separated by at least 12 inches. Take small practice swings with your left and right arm pinned to your sides. Your right arms should stay above your left arm on the back swing and on the follow through.
Two Step Weight Shift Drill
Stand with your feet together and start your back swing by stepping to the right with your right foot. Do this motion while at the same time taking the club to the top of your swing. You should feel the weight shift to your right side by the time you complete your back swing.
Start your down swing by shifting the weight on the right side to your left side. As you strike the golf ball, start walking towards your target as you complete your backswing. Your right food should be the lead foot as you begin walking towards your target. The drill done properly will result in having your weight on your left side.
Two Club Swing Drill
To sync up your arms and shoulder turn use the two club swing drill. Take two clubs similar in length such as a driver and 3-wood. Holding both clubs, one in each hand, take the club to the top of the swing and back through to complete the golf swing. The clubs should remain the same distance apart from each other. If they crash into each other or become too far apart, then your arms and shoulder turn is out of sync. Repeat drill until you have an established feel for the proper rotation.
Keep it Simple
I bet you are eager to get to the range and get to work. Before you do, let me offer my opinion on distance verses accuracy. Unless you are a long drive champ, accuracy will trump distance when it comes to shooting lower golf scores.
In fact, the longer you hit it, the more accurate you should be on approach shots. A longer hitter is going to have wedges and short irons into greens more often. This means, he or she should knock it close every time in order to capitalize on distance.
If it was my choice, I would take accuracy over distance. I would rather hit more greens in regulation than 300 yard drives.
So go out there and increase your average golf swing speed above and beyond.