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Message: I bought the speed ball 5 iron and the driver last year. I was able to get my speed up to 92 on the 5 iron and 112 on the driver. For some stupid reason I stopped using them about 9 months ago.

I started again yesterday swinging at 88 on the 5 iron  and 105 on the driver. I want to get my regular driver speed up to at least 115 mph. I am 62 years old,  in very good physical condition and very flexible.

I also have the tones and all three tail sizes, I cannot seem to translate club head speed to the golf course form the power ball practice. I have some questions:

1. Is it realistic for me to achieve a goal of 115 CHS on my regular driver?

2. If is is doable what routine(s) do you recommend that I do and how often? Can you guestimate the amount of time it will take to achieve the 115 CHS?

3. What CHS must I achieve with the speed ball that translates to 115 CHS for my regular driver?

4. Any advice you can provide for carrying my speed ball practice CHS to the course would be appreciated. Thanks much for your help!
Ryan

Ryan,

Great email.

1. Yes, especially if you work on it all winter without playing/hitting a lot of balls.  The more you play/hit balls the harder is to increase speed.  Also, let’s make sure we compare apples to apples and you’re using the SSR for swingspeed on your club and Speedball.

2. 2x to 3x per week the following:

basic target

5 y drills

5 L drills

5 1 arm left/5 1 arm right

5 full swings

Midtail target

5 y drills

5 L drills

5 1 arm left/5 1 arm right

5 full swings

Long tail target

5 y drills

5 L drills

5 1 arm left/5 1 arm right

2 x 5 full swings

Warm up for 3-5 minutes on a bike or something like that.

The basic target should feel like 80% swings, the mid tail 95% and the long tail 100%.
Use the Tour Tempo tones on full swings.

Use the SSR on all swings and note your progress.

3. This all depends on the length/weight of your driver, but in general I find golfers swing the Speedball about 5 mph faster than their regular driver.  So, you need to avg. 120 mph on the Speedball with a ‘good stick’.  In other words you can’t swing it 120 and hit the side of the target and the fall off balance.  That would not be a realistic swing for a real ball

4. What kind of fitness program are you doing?  This is important to know and make sure you are doing the right stuff.

Hope this helps,

JR

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