GOLF SWING SPEED
HOW GOLFERS CAN GENERATE SPEED
To generate more speed in the golf swing we need to consider 3 different elements.
Each element plays their part in club head speed and are equally important. It's not essential to hit all of these areas at the same time but it's recommended to include them all in your overall approach.
1. Force Generation
Our ability to produce force will contribute to our speed. In your training plan you will be working on your ability to produce force through both strength and power movements.
2. Speed of Contraction
The faster we can generate force, the more club head speed we are able to produce. Our power training will contribute to this, but to truly excel our speed, we need to train our impulse. This is a combination of both speed of muscle contraction and also how fast the signal is sent from the brain. By moving lighter loads, faster, we can start to train this system to its full capacity. In this course will be using our overspeed training plan and including some jumps and explosive movements to assist in this process.
This isn't distance of the ball (that'll come later) this is distance of the club head. The further the club head travels, the more opportunity there is for speed. You will swing your driver a lot faster than your 8 iron due to the length of the club and distance the club head travels. We can also influence this by increasing swing length. Working on our mobility in key areas will allow us to increase our backswing, allowing a longer distance for the club head to accelerate and present more speed at impact.
HOW TO APPLY YOUR SPEED TO THE COURSE
Strokes gained stats tell us that increased driving distance strongly correlates to lower scoring averages. But in my opinion simply getting on the tee and swinging at 100% of your maximum is not the best way to shoot your best scores. In fact it's a fast way to ruin your card and be reaching for another ball off the tee.
There is a method to increasing speed on the course. It will allow you to maintain as much accuracy as possible and feel in control with your new speed.
Typically on the golf course we will swing at around 90% of our absolute maximum. As an example, a player who has an average driver swing speed of 90mph on the course could probably swing it at 100mph if there was no ball, or consequences.
At this 90% we feel in control, we don't fall over, we don't miss the ball (hopefully) and we feel like it's an appropriate speed for hitting the shot we want to hit.
The idea behind adding swing speed is not necessarily to swing harder on the course.
Imagine if the player in the example above was able to add 10mph to their maximum swing speed without a ball. This would mean they can still swing on the course at their controlled speed of 90%. The difference is, this speed is now 99mph.
They have now added 9mph on course swing speed, which could equate to an extra 14mph ball speed and around 30 yards carry.
In order to make this change, we need to take our speed training away from hitting good golf shots.
In this course your speed training will be away from the course and without a ball. Trying to hit a good golf shot whilst swinging harder is where the trouble can occur. It can mess with your swing mechanics and you end up not hitting a good shot, or getting faster. This leaves you frustrated and most likely 3 off the tee.
The speed training in this course will give you the best chance of both adding speed, and keeping the ball in play.