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Issue 596 - Wed. February 19th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: How To Swing Your Club Fast

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Tom's Featured Tip: How To Swing Your Club Fast

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I received emails from a couple of people that are working out with their swing speed training aid. They wanted to know if I had any tips on transferring their anticipated swing speed gains to their actual driver swing when they play.

That's a very good question, so let's address it.

Concepts - Swinging Fast vs Swinging Hard

I've always considered the physics of "hitting" to revolve around muscular thrust, and the physics of "swinging" to revolve around centrifugal force. Both "hitting" and "swinging" are probably equally efficient when done well, but from my experience "hitters" that are out of sync produce worse errors than "swingers" that are out of sync.

The difference in who should swing which way seems to break into two camps: if the player is very strong, that player is likely to be a "hitter". If the player is very quick, they are likely to be a "swinger". If a player is strong and quick, they may be either or both.

If you can develop a swing technique that generates efficient centrifugal force then add a well timed hit component, you've attained golf nirvana.

Most touring pros only have one or the other to any great degree, only the best of the best have both. They pretty much are the players that hit it the furthest.

I like to train a player to generate centrifugal force as a primary source for swing speed, so you could fairly say that I like to train most (not all) my students to swing fast, not hard, to generate swing speed. That way, if a player is unable to swing hard due to strength or other physical issues, they'll still have a technique that will give them sufficient swing speed for their body. If they are strong, perhaps they'll be able to add a "hit" component if they gain mastery of their technique.

Plus the centrifugal force swing speed method is easier on the body as you age compared to the thrusting motion for swing speed.

So to answer this swing speed question specifically, "how does one swing fast without swinging hard", the answer is to generate your swing speed primarily through centrifugal force, not through arm thrust. On the downswing, it will feel more like a left side pulling motion than right side thrusting motion.

It will literally feel more like "swinging" than "hitting".

Key factors for developing swing speed through centrifugal force in your swing are:
  • First of all, work at mastering the technique elements of your particular swing method.

  • Relax your body at address. Your wrists, in particular, should feel oily, not tight.

  • Feel like you are "swinging" the club into your backswing, not lifting or pushing it there. A "swinging" backswing begets a "swinging" through swing.

  • Allow your hands to travel inward a little early in the backswing. For speed through centrifugal force, the swing needs to travel more horizontally around your body vs. vertically. Angular momentum provides more speed than vertical momentum. The path needs to be a little more merry go round than Ferris wheel.

  • Allow your hips to open in your backswing to allow your body to rotate more. Accomplish this by allowing your right leg to straighten in your backswing. A "hitter" would keep the right knee flexed and try to turn the shoulders against square hips to develop coil.

  • Make sure that your backswing and downswing are done in proper sequence. The downswing sequence must be initiated with either downward pressure on your forward leg, a lateral hip slide (bump), or a combination of both. Most player have a little "hit impulse" in them, especially in the early stages of their golfing life. Lacking that properly sequenced weight shifting move to initiate your downswing sequence, it will likely turn into a "hit" as your shoulders open too soon taking the downswing off plane, and then arm thrust is all you have left to generate speed.

  • Last but not least. think "swing fast" on your downswing.
Hovering he club helps. It works for me because holding the weight of the club at address as I hover the club seems to help me "swing" the club back. When I used to ground the club at address, I had to lift it up before taking it away, and I think that contributes to setting up a "hitting" mentality vs a "swinging" mentality.

Combine all of this with your swing speed training with your swing speed training aids, and you'll really step up your game.

Try it, you'll really like it.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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