“Faster! That’s too slow!” Take a visit to IJGA and you are guaranteed to hear this a few times from coaches while on the range. Often when we see golfers who swing the club too slowly, most of them were instructed to do so. They were probably losing control of the ball and someone told them they should slow their swing down.
As we say, “if you slow down a fast bad swing all you would have is a slow bad swing.” The ball still goes left and right, it just travels a shorter distance. Some might say at least that keeps the ball in play and that’s fine but if you want to improve and excel at this game, then you must add club speed!
The above chart is from Trackman and it shows a direct correlation between a players swing speed and their reported handicap.
As you can see, golfers with higher swing speeds have lower handicaps.
There are many reasons why golfers who swing the club faster would play better. One of the main reasons is that they can change the par of the course with their distance. They can turn Par 5’s into Par 4’s, so someone who is able to reach two of the four Par 5’s in two shots has effectively changed the par of the course from 72 to 70. They will essentially have a two shot advantage against the field before they even tee it up on hole 1.
Big hitters like Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson play just about every course as a Par 68, giving them a 4 shot advantage over a player who doesn’t have as much distance like Tim Clark. To add to that point, Dustin Johnson has 7 wins on the PGA Tour as compared to Clark’s 1 with Johnson playing in half as many events over his career.
“If you slow down a fast, bad swing all you would have is a slow bad swing.”
If you add 1 mph of swing speed you can gain 2-4 yards with your driver, (as long contact remains the same). A 5 mph gain can amount to a 10-20 yard gain off the tee – which can be the difference between you hitting an 8 iron or wedge into a green. Which do you think you will hit it closer with? Distance also makes you more accurate because you will now be hitting shorter irons into greens.
With all the information at hand why would you keep swinging slower? Swing that club as fast as you can! In my next article I’ll discuss ways you can increase your club head speed.
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