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How To Use Golf Training Aids To Increase Your Swing Speed And Hit Like The Pros

Whack! The feeling of a great drive, the sweet feel as the ball jumps off the
clubface and rockets down the middle of the fairway-- it's one of the best parts
about playing golf, and one of the reasons that we keep coming back for more

punishment. If only it would happen more often! Ah, to see the green envy in
your opponents' eyes when your ball blasts by theirs.

Unfortunately, the
average male golfer's swing speed is around 85 mph. With a USGA conforming
driver, this equates to drives of about 225 yards, an embarrassing 83 yards
shorter than Tiger Woods' average drive, and even 35 yards shorter than Cory
Pavin, who is the shortest driver on the PGA Tour. So most of us go Cheap
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to the course with an inferiority complex
already deeply ingrained from watching Tour broadcasts which constantly and
blatantly rub our faces in the fact that the pros outdrive us by a country mile.
No wonder most amateurs can't relax over the ball and tend to over swing. How
could the average guy hope to hit the ball that far?

Well, the good news
is -- it's possible for you to hit long drives! To hit like the pros, all you
have to do is swing as fast as they do, while at the same time maintaining your
balance. If it sounds like it is easier said than done, just think about this:
As mentioned before, Corey Pavin, the shortest hitter on the PGA Tour, averages
just under 270 yards per drive. He is 5' 9" tall and weighs 155 pounds. Now, the
average male is 5' 9" tall and weighs 190 pounds. If Corey Pavin can average
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270, then you can hit it just as long
or longer!

Let's set a goal of out driving Corey Pavin, so we can tell
ourselves honestly that we can drive the ball as far as someone on the Tour. To
figure out how to do this, let's start with the average swing speed of 85 mph
and average distance of 225 yards. Now, physics tells us that we get
approximately 3 extra yards per additional mile per hour of swing speed. So, if
we want to go from 225 to 270 to beat Corey Pavin, that means we need 45 extra
yards, which equates to adding 15 mph to the swing speed.

How can you use
golf training aids to add that extra 15 mph? Since low swing speed is usually
the result of a combination of factors including; untrained muscles, poor
technique, and lack of physical fitness, a multi-pronged approach is required to
get to the goal fast! To accelerate your progress, you can use golf training
aids to train and strengthen your golf-specific muscles, to correct poor
technique, and to improve your overall fitness. A variety of training aids
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exist to help with this. Here's a 3-step
plan for increasing your swing speed as fast as possible:

1. Make sure
that your grip, swing path, and swing plane are correct. It will do no good to
increase your swing speed if technical flaws in your swing prevent you from
hitting the ball straight. I suggest using a single training aid for both grip
and swing plane (many exist with this combination) and another training aid for
swing path. For example, a hinged club with a molded grip is perfect for grip
and swing path, while a foam obstacle training aid will work well for keeping
your swing path on track. Practice with these training aids for at least 2 weeks
before moving on to step 2.

2. Get some type of Cheap
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weighted club. Weighted clubs are
perfect for training the golf specific muscles to have the strength and
explosive power that you need to produce higher swing speeds. In addition,
training with a weighted club can increase your core stability and balance if
done properly. Be very careful not to over swing with a weighted club since you
can injure yourself! Stretch out and warm up thoroughly before you even start
swinging the heavy club. I suggest using this training aid at least 3 days a
week, but not more than 5. It's important to let your muscles rest a bit each
week.

3. Get a golf fitness book to augment your regular training
program. Overall physical fitness is just as critical to your golf game as
golf-specific training. Work out 3 times a week and don't forget your cardio to
reduce fatigue at the end of your round!

If you take these three steps I
think you will see a great improvement in your driving distance within 2 months,
if not sooner. Good luck and I hope to see you on the par fives in two!

By Kimberly
Thursday, 10 Jan 2013

 

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