Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 743 - December 21, 2022
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"


Tom's Featured Tip: Driver Tip - Let It Rip!

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Driver Tip - Let It Rip!

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

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Driver Tip - Let It Rip!

I'm just finishing up the third week of a four week swing speed training session today with some hard working students. Serendipitously, MyGolfSpy just published the results of testing they did to see of there is any benefit to swinging your driver at maximum speed.

The results provide positive reinforcement for any students taking this training, as well as for any other golfer working on increasing their swing speed.

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The only negative that I saw in the MyGolfSpy testing was a small sample size - 15 golfers, and not a lot of information on the handicaps of the players going through the testing.. Having said that, the results were very interesting to me since I've never seen this exact type of comparison in any of my swing speed training research.

SPOILER ALERT - Grip It and Rip It with max speed for your driver!

Here's the article that supports my thoughts on the subject, enjoy!

Should you grip it and rip it with your driver? What if you could gain up to 34 yards on your drives?

Yes, you read that correctly: You could gain as many as 34 more yards just by swinging faster.

Now, every golfer swings his or her driver differently. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are both phenomenal drivers of the golf ball yet they deliver the club to the ball differently. They do have something in common though. They swing their drivers with maximum speed.

Weíve all heard these familiar refrains: "You want a smooth tempo", "Swing with tempo", "Swing nice and controlled", "Donít swing out of your shoes".

Well, itís time to reconsider these old sayings and you are about to find out why.


Data is always at the forefront of our testing. For this test, we recruited 15 testers each of whom used his or her current driver.

Testers hit 12 shots in three different scenarios:
  • "Fairway-finder" driver swing
  • Normal driver swing
  • Fast driver swing
1. Swing Faster

If our 66-year-old 14-handicap tester can increase his carry distance by 34 yards by swinging faster, there are distances gains out there for you too.

Every single one of our testers saw an increase in carry distance.


Swinging with maximum effort.

2. Speed Benefits

Throughout this lab, the harder our testers swung, the faster their swing speed, resulting in increased distance. This is evident in total yards, club head speed and ball speed off tee shots.


When adding speed, the common thought is that accuracy will diminish. Thus, it is critical to note the accuracy performance for each of the three scenarios.

But here is a refresher as to how we analyze accuracy during a driver test.

According to golf stats expert Lou Stagner, "for amateurs, keeping the ball in play is the top priority. Penalty strokes are scorecard killers." The purpose of our Accuracy metric is to identify clubs that fly straight, helping you avoid penalty strokes.

"Straight Shot Percentage" Long-time MyGolfSpy readers may remember our TruAccuracy metric. Straight Shot Percentage is the evolution of TruAccuracy. This new metric leverages Stagnerís Adjusted Accuracy formula. Itís similar to Fairway Percentage but it doesnít punish shots for missing the fairway just because they were a few yards longer. A good visual is a shotput grid. The straight-shot target area gets wider as shots travel farther.

Playable Shot Percentage - As the name suggests, the Playable Shot Percentage is a measure of the percentage of shots that will likely be good enough for average golfers. We define that as in or within 10 yards of the edge of a 35-yard-wide fairway.

As you can see with both graphics, the "Fairway Finder Driver Swing" did result in the highest Straight Shot Percentage and Playable Shot Percentage. But you run the risk of being significantly shorter off the tee in the name of accuracy. Pick your poison.

4. Strokes Gained

Generally speaking, Strokes Gained is confusing for most consumers. Having said that, in this lab, it sheds light on the benefits of swinging your driver faster.

In most scenarios, hitting the ball further is going to benefit you, especially when it comes to Strokes Gained. Sure, you may hit more fairways when swinging with control or even with your normal swing. However, the likelihood of you shooting higher scores is definitely in play. Earlier, you saw the "Fast Driver Swing" have a 82-percent Playable Shot Percentage.

If youíre hitting it further, have a high Playable Shot Percentage and a better Strokes Gained potential, why wouldnít you swing with maximum effort?


From our perspective, yes!

There is a lot of evidence (albeit in this small sample size) that it is truly beneficial to swing your driver faster. Sure, there will be cases where there is little gain but that shouldnít stop you from experimenting yourself. All of our testers saw carry distance gains when swinging faster than their normal swing.

This isnít to say that dispersion wonít increase. With speed, dispersion increases are most likely, which we witnessed. You can see that in the Playable and Straight Shot Percentages.

However, with Strokes Gained being a compelling and reliable statistic, we can confidently say donít worry about dispersion.

Give it a go and swing faster with your driver. Or, as the old adage goes, "GRIP IT AND RIP IT."

Try it, you'll love it.

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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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