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Golf Swing Speed

Updated on August 8, 2014
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Gary loves sports and has a few insights into golf and baseball. He proves Babe Ruth was the greatest hitter and talks about Willie Mays.

Swing Speed Is Critical to Driving Distance in Golf

Swing speed is often what sets apart the professional from the amateur golfer. Microwave detectors can now analyse your swing speed for low cost. Technique is more important than strength in determining swing speed. That is why golfers of slight stature are able to compete with muscular fellows. And we all know that some female golfers, notably former number one, Lorena Ochoa, can hit the ball a long way while weighing about 120 pounds! And we older guys remember Chi Chi Rodriguez, who is enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame at a playing weight of 132 pounds. He ballooned to 150 pounds on the champions tour. But still, distance comes with timing and club head speed, a crucial ingredient in golf success. Proper launch sequence of the body, as illustrated in videos below, can improve the power of the swing for even those with slight builds.

Swing speed results from the understanding and implementation of centrifugal force. Perhaps the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods, has been analyzed to be deficient in the triggers that are key to this release. With great strength of upper body, Tiger is able to make up for this lack of efficiency. Yet that may result in problems as all golfers age and lose that strength.

Why Is It Helpful to Have a Swing Speed Analysis?

Why is it important to have a swing speed radar in your golf toolkit? Well, for one thing, you can fit yourself with the correct golf ball. Take a couple of different balls out to the range and use your analysis to measure your distance and control using different balls. You may decide you need a high compression ball if your golf swing is slower, and yet, you can control the accuracy better with a low compression ball. Using your swing radar, you can focus on getting the speed up, and you may be able to switch to a low compression ball.

Golf clubs themselves are fitted based upon swing speed and launch monitors. You can improve your swing speed before being fitted for your new clubs, and this will make your swing more efficient in the long run.

Increase Swing Speed to Use These Low Compression Golf Balls

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    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks Butch. Tough game indeed!

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      Butch45 

      7 years ago

      Hi great hub I have never worried about swing speed I guess it may be due to the 11 handicap I seem to carry. I find the most important thing to me is to practice and learn all I can about putting.I never worry about distance but in hot weather I hit one drive over 315 to the edge of the apron center stage for me.with a new driver I was just about to junk when I remembered to hit the ball on the inside of the club face a bit to correct the slice then it launched a few drives for me. stupid game no one should golf.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for your helpful comment Doc.

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      Doc Wordinger 

      7 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Really good hub and great video choices. That first one by Conan Elliot is particularly well demonstrated.

      I'm not sure about that first Somax video advocating Palmer's swing as a better model than Woods'. Arnie has a pretty peculiar swing that requires an awesome talent and timing. I understand the point they are making but I still feel it would be far more beneficial to a beginner or novice golfer to study Tiger's swing because there is less chance of misinterpretation.

      If I remember correctly, Tiger and Butch Harmon worked on limiting the speed of Tiger's hip clearance when he underwent his first major swing overhaul in 1998. It shortened his distance but gained him accuracy. Still, I can understand the video emphasizing hip clearance to gain speed because unresponsive hips probably cost many amateurs a lot of yardage.

      I think swing speed is something that comes naturally from having a fundamentally sound swing. But it is clearly important to have your speed measured when being fitted for new clubs. I wasn't actually aware that those speedometer machines existed. If you could plug one into a Nintendo Wii and hook it up to a wide screen TV to replicate your shot within a virtual golf course, I'd buy one with my next paycheck. I'd also need to buy a widescreen TV and Nintendo Wii so I probably wouldn't have enough money left for the rent. But hey, golf comes first.

      Thanks for this hub.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Lol, Hello. I do thank you for commenting.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      It was interesting to read and thank for a detailed hub but I don't think I will get to that standard lol.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks William. Justom, I think my article will help some people be less frustrated. Maddening yes, but this will help they guy who goes out on the driving range as much as the guy who plays a tough, and maddening, course.

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      It's called a passion for the game by golfers, the rest of us call it ate up :-P and if you had any common sense you wouldn't play a game that maddening :-D

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Great advice, bgamall, that hits the golf ball out of the park (and on the fairway.) Most tips talk about the various aspects of the swing, but swing speed is almost always ignored -- and without it one can never be a truly good golfer. Your selection of videos is superb. They tell the story simply and in a straightforward manner. I haven't seen anything like them. Thanks a million.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Lol, don't go out in the cold to play golf! I know, some guys love playing in really tough conditions. It is called passion for the game. But a little common sense goes a long way. Thanks for stopping by Tom.

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Dude, you're ate up too. My buddy John and his friends are all ate up with golf in fact he played today for the first time in a while (not that the cold stops them just too much snow this year). You guys crack me up! Peace!! Tom

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