Golf Swing Speed and Distance

By | January 30, 2013

There is much misunderstanding about how hard  to hit the ball or how fast to hit the ball for golf swing speed. Many if not most golfers think it is essential that they hit the ball as hard as possible. But all that does is reduce how far the ball goes.

Why you may ask? Because when you try to hit it hard, you tense up your muscles and that limits the speed to what your large muscles can move.

This article will explain how far a ball will go with various clubs and golf swing speed.

How Far Should You Hit Your Golf Clubs?“, the purpose of this post is to summarize all of the carry distance versus swing speed data that was being discussed in to a summarized reference chart.

Several things to note about the data in the chart below are:

  • The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour numbers were pulled from the Trackman website in 2010.
  • The Senior Tour numbers were calculated by taking the 2012 mean driving distance of 273.4 yards per drive on the Senior Tour and back-calculating the other numbers based on the PGA Tour’s average driving efficiency of 2.58 yards per mph of club head speed….More at Carry Distance vs. Swing Speed Chart – GolfWRX

When you get through reading the article in it’s entirety, please view the video I have included.

This video is about golf swing speed and how to increase the speed at which you swing by using a swing stick and a swing kite a resistance device. It is presented by Bann Lynch Golf teaching professional Michael Sund demonstrates an effective way to increase your swing speed and gain 10-15 yards off the tee using the Speed Stik and the Club Kite:

Again you can try this yourself without using any devices by just trying to swing as slow as possible, then increase to about half speed and then try to swing at full speed.

One thing I want you to look at though is how smooth his swing is compared to the people you play golf with. It is hard to believe that he swings the club and stick at 105 mph without much effort.

This next video is Jim McLean, owner of the No. 1 ranked golf schools in North America, explaining the significance of golf swing speed tempo using the Golf Swing Speed Radar® with Tempo Timer from Sports Sensors, Inc., http://www.swingspeedradar.com/. You can get the video on YouTube.

I hope this golf swing speed and tempo has helped in some way clear up any confusion you may have had about Hitting the ball hard verses with speed.

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