Question from a Tour Tempo Reader

So if my tempo (swing speed @ 24/8) is the same as some pro’s, that would suggest our club head speed and ergo our ball speed should be the same. Clearly not the case.. My ball speed is around 150 theirs is 175 or more. What gives with that?

Grasshopper,

You are using your brain, which is a good thing, and it seems that if 2 objects travel the same distance in the same amount of time they would have the same speed.

However…

This is not a race to the finish line (impact). This is more of a test to see what speed you have when you cross the finish line. Picture 2 race cars starting a race at the same time. Car A gets up to 100 mph quickly and stays there then by the time it crosses the finish line it drops to 95. On the other hand, car B starts slower then gradually picks up speed and when it crosses the finish line is over 110 mph. Both cars get there at the same time, but car B had a burst of speed at impact.

(I’m talking clubhead speed here, ball speed is a measure of energy transfer and that is where the pro’s really have a difference. They transfer all of the energy from the club to the ball, hence the avg smash factor on tour is 1.48 and above, while avg. golfers are usually 1.44 and below.)

Hope that helps,

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