How do I increase swing speed?
That’s probably one of the most asked questions ever. Distance is king, right? Everyone (or maybe it just seems like everyone) wants to know how to hit the ball farther.
I promise, you take just a little bit of time out every day (or every other day, at least) and you’ll see improvements.
Well… here’s how!
Start with this simple drill, that you can do in your backyard:
1. Swing a lighter club.
Hold the club upside down, so you’re holding the hosel. Swing the club; you’ll get a pronounced “whoosh” sound. The louder the “whoosh”, the faster you’re swinging.
2. Swing a heavier club.
Swing a heavier club. You could get a driver head and load it with lead tape, throw on a super-heavy steel shaft and grip and swing away. Others, like me, just use two clubs. I like the SW and LW, which are my two heaviest. One you grip normally, the other by the hosel. Swing them as fast as you can. Before we go further, I’d suggest doing these drills LH and RH, so you develop your muscles evenly, to avoid injury. Back pain due to overdevelopment of one side of your body ain’t fun.
3. Swing your regular driver normally.
From here, swing your driver normally. Do this three back-to-back-to-back. If you’re on the range, go ahead and hit balls during this third step. You’ll be amazed at how faster you’ll feel!
Exercise to increase swing speed!
Simple core exercises also work. Sit-ups are great, and if you want to go advanced, you can hold a weight while you do it. To make it even more advanced, when you get in the up position, you can rotate your trunk left and right before laying back down. A simple plank can also work wonders.
Yoga is another way to increase clubhead speed. If you can turn your shoulders 90* and keep your hips from rotating no more than 45*, that resistance can be unloaded faster. This is a good pose to try:
Swing the club better.
Simply ensuring you’re executing the downswing in the correct order can increase swing speed. The downswing unfolds like this:
- weight transfers towards the target
- hips open
- chest opens
- arms swing
- hands release the clubhead at the ball
This can go back to the first drill. Hearing a nice loud “whoosh” is nice… but if it happens before the ball, you are actually LOSING swing speed! Because of the speed of the swing and the distance it takes for the sound to reach your ears, you actually want to be hearing the “whoosh” after the ball.
When that happens, the swing is reaching its fastest point right at the ball. Boom City. You can’t get that if you’re releasing the club early (“casting”) and/or using the shoulders as the main force of the swing.
That’s all of ’em for today! How about you? Do you have any exercises/practice routines you use to increase your clubhead speed?