Training for Speed in the Golf Swing – Part Deux

If you haven’t read part I, please read it. It’s very important to have that baseline understanding. Part I…

Before we get into the details of speed training, I’m going to make the assumption that you are:

  • injury free: you might have minor aches/pains, but nothing serious
  • able to train 2x-4x per week for 30 minutes per session: you have the time/space/physical capability to do the training
  • have a desire to hit the ball a minimum of 20 yards farther: you’ve got to want it (usually not a problem)

Age/Ability doesn’t really matter, the training is agnostic to those 2 parameters. That being said, if you are younger with a terrible swing, you probably have the most to gain.

Assuming you have decent ‘geometry’ at impact (good smash/spin/launch), the only way to hit the ball farther is to increase clubhead speed.

But before we get to increasing clubhead speed, let’s take a look at the elements of how far a golf ball will travel. There are 3 elements to the distance/flight of a golf ball:

  • Ball Speed
  • Spin
  • Launch Angle

It’s pretty simple. Yes, temperature/wind/ground firmness truly effect distance, but we/you have no control over those variables. So, we need to focus on the 3.

Ball Speed is a function of club speed and energy transfer. In other words, how much club speed do you have and can you hit the ball in the sweet spot. The smash factor is a good determinant of this. If your smash is 1.48 or above, then you are transferring the energy.

Spin is a function of your angle of attack and the loft on the club at impact. Ideally on a driver your spin will be 2000-2500 rpm’s. It’s somewhat dependent on the speed. A general rule of thumb is that the higher the ball speed the less spin you need.

Launch Angle functions similar to spin and ideally you would launch about 12-14 degrees. The best way to determine your current launch is getting on a launch monitor and testing your driver. The very first thing we do with golfers at our VIP School is to get them on the Flightscope and find out the ‘hard facts’.

Typically, our golfers come in with fairly decent smash/launch/spin… which leads to the next discussion for distance: We need more clubhead speed!

I’ve come up with 4 ways to do that:

  1. Better Body
  2. Better Mechanics
  3. SAID for the golf swing
  4. Tempo

Let’s take a look at these 4 parameters and how you can maximize each one.

To be continued…

John Novosel Jr.

John Novosel, Jr. has worked and consulted with golfers of all abilities – including PGA & LPGA Tour Players, Nationwide Tour Players, and also top amateurs through beginners.

His teaching puts an emphasis on the golfer achieving a consistent, PGA Tour-type tempo and maximizing clubhead speed at impact.

He has worked with his father to develop the concepts of Tour Tempo and also has co-patented 4 training aids with his father.

At age 48 and despite being 6 feet tall and 165 lbs., he can generate clubhead speeds in excess of 127 mph and ball speeds over 190 mph. His longest drive in competition is 402 yards.

He has presented the concepts of Tour Tempo all over the world. In 2008 he presented to the PGA of Sweden. Later that year he presented @ the World Golf Fitness Summit. In 2011, he made the trip to Amsterdam where he was part of the PGA of Holland’s coaching summit. He most recently made the trip to Orlando, FL to present at the 2013 PGA of America Teaching & Coaching Summit.

He is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor I, Golf Professional 2, and Golf Biomechanist 2. Also, he is certified with SSC Golf Swing as Level 1 Speed and Power Instructor and Level 2 Spine Engine Instructor.

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