Clubhead speed has received a tremendous amount of interest recently in the wake of the transformation that Bryson DeChambeau has undergone and what he has achieved.
Not everyone can undergo the same transformation, but we will look at key factors on how to increase your clubhead speed.
By increasing your clubhead speed you will be able to hit the ball further. Research has found that for every 1 mile per hour increase in your clubhead speed, you will gain 3 yards of distance.
Not all golfers wish to swing the club as fast as they can. The golf swing is a set of extremely intricate movements. By breaking down areas that have the highest impact on your clubhead speed, you will be able to determine which areas require additional work to maximize your clubhead speed.
1. Physical Fitness and Flexibility
Unfortunately, not all golfers are in the best shape of their lives. Some extremely good golfers, for example, are overweight but have learned to perform within their limitations.
Professional golfers spend a huge amount of time in the gym, not for the good physique that it builds, but that helps as well. They understand the functions of each body part and muscle combination and targets these areas with specific exercises.
For the best results, it would be highly recommended that you address specific areas to aid you in increasing your clubhead speed.
Being flexible will enable you to optimize your turn in the backswing to create the largest arc and distance for the golf club to travel. Most top golfers can turn their shoulders 90 degrees or more enabling their backs to face the target at the top end of their swing.
The swing rotates around your core and the more strength you have in your core muscles the more clubhead speed you will be able to generate. Stability and balance forms is a key factor in a good swing, and you can improve both by exercising your core muscles.
Your core muscles are made up of the group of muscles based in the center of the body. This consists mainly of the abdominal muscles, glutes, lower back, and sides of the hips.
To activate your core, you have to stretch these muscles. The stretches will add between 20 and 30 degrees to your range of motion.
2. Tension in the Swing
Tension in the swing leads to a loss in swing and clubhead speed resulting in unpredictable results.
To minimize the tension there are some actions that you can take before the swing and during the swing.
Reduce tension before lining up your shot by regulating your breathing and take some deep breaths. The deep breaths will calm you down and enable you to focus more clearly on the task at hand.
Building a pre-shot routine that you follow on every shot. Most professional golfers have a pre-shot routine where they take a few practice shots and some deep breaths to calm them down. This is the time that you can visualize your shot shape and where you want it to land.
When addressing the ball take a few waggles to free up any tension still left in your arms.
Having a fluid swing will aid you in getting the highest clubhead speed. Ensure that your grip pressure on the club is not too tight as this will restrict the flow of the swing.
Avoid standing over your golf ball for too long as this will allow doubts and tension to creep back into your mind.
The most effective way to increase clubhead speed and determining where you create the most speed you can follow the following by making use of the SuperSpeed Golf training system
Firstly, develop your fast twitching muscles by following the Overspeed training system. Start by swinging a light object such as an alignment stick or the grip of your driver as fast and aggressive as you can. At the end of your swing take a pause and then swing the club back to your trailing side as fast as possible to retain symmetry.
Secondly, develop your hand, forearm, and slow-twitch muscles by swinging a heavier object extremely fast. There is a school of thought that thinks that although heavy objects will strengthen the muscles mentioned, a heavy object will result in your swing slowing down.
Lastly, execute a few practice swings at your top speed with your driver
The tempo of your swing will play a significant role in delivering the clubhead at maximum speed without pulling you off balance.
4. Monitoring Progress
All your gym sessions, training, and speed build-up are in vain if you cannot track whether it has any effect on your clubhead speed.
It is highly recommended that you acquire a golf launch monitor that can report back on your speed and other components of your swing.
Recording your swing will provide you with visual feedback highlighting areas where you can improve on your swing and identify any faults that have to be corrected. The swing can take less than a second to complete, thus a high-speed camera is advisable.
5. The Backswing
Begin the backswing by building resistance in your lower body and turn around the trailing leg. At this stage, your weight should be slightly more towards your back leg and your trailing foot pushed into the ground. This will create the torque that you will require for the downswing.
Extend your arms to push the clubhead as far as possible away from your head.
Create lag by cocking your wrists thus enhancing the distance that the clubhead has to travel back to the impact area.
By extending your arms and creating lag it creates a wide arc that will enable you to have a longer distance from the top of your backswing to the point of impact.
Swing back as far as possible without creating stress on your upper body. To achieve more distance in the backswing you can lift your leading heel slightly.
Some golfers bend their leading elbows to generate maximum turn although this is not advisable for golfers that do not have absolute control over their swing dynamics.
6. The Downswing
For maximum power and speed, you should initiate your downswing with your lower body and not with your arms or upper body.
For the ultimate in weight transfer to your leading leg, you should push off your trailing foot and extend your leading hips upwards. Rotate around your core and avoid swaying your hips too far forward.
Create lag by keeping your wrists cocked and pulling the grip towards your leading side and then upwards. See the video for more detail.
Maximum speed should be a point of impact and not during your downswing. To avoid casting the club during your backswing it is recommended that you keep your wrists cocked until the last possible moment.
Casting will create a swoosh sound midway between the top of your backswing and the impact area. This will cause a loss of speed at impact.
Keeping the lag and releasing just prior to impact will produce a swoosh sound at or just after impact. This is where maximum clubhead speed is required to produce the optimum speed and distance.
For maximum distance, you have to follow through and release the club after impact to prevent a loss of speed.
Most golfers are continually searching for a few extra miles per hour clubhead speed and ball speed for an extra few yards.
Building muscle has proven through the years to be an effective way to achieve this. First Tiger Woods improved his game by building the muscles, followed by Rory McIlroy and the finest example is the changes that Bryson DeChambeau has undergone recently.
Only building your body in isolation will not provide the desired results. Your mental attitude and swing should get equal attention and research.
Finally, once you have worked on all the required areas it is highly advisable that you track your progress and identify areas that can be improved to achieve the extra miles per hour and the distance you want.
Push the limits of speed and distance for the most enjoyment possible.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.