In Part 1 of this series on how to lower your handicap by increasing your club speed, I discussed why “swinging easy” is not the best approach to your golf swing if you are trying to improve. Speed is a very important asset to becoming a skilled golfer and this week I am going to give you a few ways to add some speed to your swing.
The first thing I would like you is to do is literally start swinging the club head faster. I know that sounds simple and obvious, but before we even get into anything technical I want you to try and swing the club as fast as you can. To get an idea of what I am saying hold your club upside down so that you are holding onto the club head end, then swing it and attempt to make a loud whoosh throughout the whole swing.
If you only had a whoosh in a certain part then you are not moving the club fast enough throughout the swing; speed it up in your backswing and speed it up in your downswing. If you do feel like you are speeding it up and the ball starts going right then you are not speeding the club up you are speeding your body up. It is imperative that you first speed the club up not your body.
After you feel like you are moving the club as fast as your technique will allow you, we can start gaining speed through improving your technique.
We are going to start with your hands. They are directly attached to the club and if we can get them to move quicker we can increase club head speed. Take a few pillows and put them on the ground up against the bottom of your couch. Now take a golf club, flip it upside down again and get into your impact position with your body. With the middle of pillows being your target I’d like you to hinge your wrists up just as you would in your swing, only moving your wrists/hands, and then unhinge them to square the club into the pillows. Don’t worry – this won’t hurt the pillows since you are hitting them with the grip end.
The goal is to hit the pillows as fast as you can only using the hinging and unhinging of your wrists. You keep doing this until you can hit the pillows repeatedly, in a matter of seconds, with a full hinge and unhinge of the wrists. We do this here at the academy out on the range with impact bags. First left hand only, then right hand only and then both hands together.
If you already have quick hands, then we can add speed by making your transition more athletic. There will not be a backswing and then a downswing, but rather they will blend together in one smooth motion. You will start your downswing with your lower body before your club has reached the top of the backswing. If you watch tour pros swing, you will see that they all start their lower body moving while the club is still going back. This will help you to add ‘lag’.
Work hard on these few tips and you should see the ball going further the next time you play, and your scores getting lower.