How To Increase Swing Speed In Golf
If there is one thing golfers are always trying to figure out, it’s how to hit the ball farther. I see a lot of amateurs try and go the route of new equipment but the truth of the matter is, if you don’t change your swing, you’re still going to get the same results with your new driver as you did with the old one. You’ll just be four hundred dollars poorer.
Distance is completely contingent on your clubhead speed. Swing the club faster, and the ball will go further, it’s as simple as that. So how do you increase your clubhead speed? Read on to find out!
What you will need:
- A club: For swinging, of course. You can’t increase the speed of your clubhead without a club, so definitely grab one.
- Yourself: You will also need to be there, as you’re the one increasing your clubhead speed. Makes sense, right?
And that is it! Isn’t it nice when instructions are nice and simple like that?
So let’s get to it. First, fix your grip:
How you grip your club is perhaps the very most basic fundamental to the game of golf, but it is also something that almost everyone does wrong. So how should it look? It’s actually pretty simple.
Step One: Make sure that the grip rests near the heel pad of your left hand and then extends diagonally across the fingers.
Step Two: You then will want to lightly close the fingers of your left hand around the grip so that you can see the knuckles of your index and middle finger.
Step Three: Next, rest your right hand on the club so that your right thumb pad is resting over your left thumb. The grip part of the shaft is going to rest diagonally across your right-hand fingers. Close your fingers around the club so that you can again see the knuckles of your index and middle fingers.
The space between your thumb and index fingers will make V’s on both hands. If the V’s are pointing towards your right shoulder you will know that you are gripping the club right.
It’s easy to get lazy with this part but doesn’t. Consider the grip the foundation of your swing. You wouldn’t build a house on a weak foundation, nor should you build your swing on one.
Now your tempo:
If you’re wondering when we are going to get into how to swing like Billy Madison, you might be reading the wrong guide. The truth is that swinging faster doesn’t mean swinging harder. Really, it means swinging better.
Fixing your tempo will ensure that your clubhead speed reaches its maximum right as it is making contact with the ball, and the good thing is, it’s pretty simple to accomplish.
Step One: Step one starts before you even take the club back. The first thing that you are going to want to do is relax your wrists. The tension in your wrists will lead to jerky swing motions, and will ultimately prevent you from getting the ball.
Step 2: Now it’s time to go low and slow. That was what Jack Niklaus would think to himself before every swing back in the days when he won every tournament he played in.
I won’t tell you how to craft your backswing, as that is the job of a professional (and anyway, mine could use some work itself) but just remember that a good tempo is contingent on a smooth takeaway. Just take your time building up. Ideally, your backswing will take three times as long as your downswing.
Step 3: Now it is time to unwind. Don’t hack at the ball, maintain your steady rhythm and allow the clubhead to gain speed on the way down until it reaches its maximum velocity at impact.
There is no one way to establish a good tempo. It’s mostly just a matter of staying loose and relaxed. Remembering to keep the backswing three times longer than the downswing will go a long way towards building better results.
Just remember that staying loose and relaxed is one of the best things you can do for yourself in the game of golf and it’s something that requires no lessons to master.
Work on Uncoiling:
Unfortunately, this section will drift a little closer to giving swing advice than I am comfortable with for the purposes of a blog. Generally speaking, I think that changes in the swing should be done under the supervision of a professional to eliminate the risk of developing bad habits.
That said, this is relatively basic and fundamental. Uncoiling is something that you have probably at one point been shown to do properly, but it’s also something that is easy to drift away from. Here are a few steps that will help you uncoil better on your downswing to generate the most swing speed possible.
Step One: For the purposes of step one we will assume that you have already taken your club all the way back. On the downswing, you are going to want to start by rotating your hips towards the target. This will ensure that your clubhead will be at its maximum velocity by the time it meets up with the ball.
Step Two: Your arms are going to follow your hips. Keep in mind that the delay between your hips and your arms unwinding is minuscule. The downswing happens so quickly that your arms will begin to uncoil at almost the same moment as your hips.
Just be sure not to whip them down. Stay true to the tempo that we established in the last section and you can count on swinging well.
Step Three: Your wrists will be the final thing to get released, ideally at the moment of impact. The wrists are ultimately going to be the mechanism of your swing that generates the most speed, so keeping them relaxed, and releasing them at the right time are both key components to a good golf swing.
If this sounds like a lot of basic stuff, that is because it is. Achieving distance in golf isn’t all about being shredded like Tiger Woods or Rory Mcilroy. It’s about making good swings. A good grip, tempo, and downswing won’t just add clubhead speed to your swing, they will lead to a general improvement in your game.
And that’s it! Remember the basics, keep your swing smooth, and before you know it you’ll be hitting the longest drives of your life.
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