Golf is all about calculation: You need to be able to evaluate several factors quickly on the fly to successfully crush the ball off the tee and make a great first shot. Your stance, club, grip, the slope of the land, your swing path, and the power in your swing are all critical factors to success on the course. We’ve compiled a few of the best tips for increasing the speed of your swing for you to consider.
Check Your Gear and Your Stance
A common concern amongst golfers is the speed of their swing. Many golfers spend hours working on their form and stance and invest in high-end adjustable drivers. A high-quality club can make a big difference in your swing speed, but your body is a more important tool. You need to control your weight and power distribution through your swing. Once your stance is figured out and feels natural, practice your form and build your swing speed.
Practice in Slow-Motion
Your drive has two major parts: the backswing, when you raise the club behind and above you, and the downswing, when you bring the club down and forward into the ball. You build energy in the backswing and release it in the downswing. Many new golfers make the mistake of executing a sharp, fast backswing and bring the club down in a slap-shot style motion.
Practice your swing at a slower speed to make the most of your energy buildup. A faster swing speed means a farther drive, but you must nail your form before you can make that happen. Slow down the motions and consider your form, stance, and motion through the swing plane. Doing so helps you feel your natural tendencies that may be slowing down your swing.
Your back leg, which for most golfers is their right leg, should house all the power in your body as you swing. You should feel a great deal of tension at the top of your right thigh as you turn into your swing. If your weight is in your left leg, your downswing will lose a lot power.
As you pull your swing back, you should feel so much tension in your right thigh that it feels as though you could spring off your right foot into the air. The pressure you feel in your right thigh is the power behind your swing.
Many new golfers wonder how to properly start a downswing. A big part of controlling your swing is the position of your shoulders. During the backswing, your right shoulder is higher than your left. That should reverse on the downswing as you bring the club forward.
Your shoulders help you control the swing. As you bring the club into the backswing, your right shoulder rises. You want the opposite to happen after the swing. As you bear down on the downswing, turn your right shoulder down toward the ball as your left arm pulls the club forward and brings your left shoulder higher. Keeping your right shoulder down through the downswing helps maintain your stance in your hips and arms.
At the top of your swing, most of your body’s weight should be on your right leg. As you swing, that weight needs to transfer to the left. The power of your shot comes from shifting this weight from right to left. Many new players make the mistake of shifting their weight into their left feet far too early, resulting in a lot of lost power.
Hold the Finish
When you finish your swing, you should be perfectly balanced. If you throw all your power into a swing without proper form, you can wind up flat on the ground, especially if you’re not properly balanced. When you practice your swing, finish and hold your stance. Your body naturally acclimates to assuming this position after a swing. Swing speed largely depends on consistency – you must be able to follow the proper swing path and transfer the power in your shot while maintaining your balance.
Follow these tips to increase your swing speed. The more your practice good habits, the more natural they will feel, and you’ll have far more success on the course.