Are looking for greater distance with your driver?
This all starts with the driver swing speed.
Yes, you must be able to hit the ball somewhat centered on the face, but the overall swing speed is going to have the greatest impact on your distance with the driver.
So how do you go about increasing your driver swing speed?
There are three different options: the first option is to train for additional speed through overspeed training, the second option is to increase the length of your driver and the third option is to improve your mechanics and sequencing in your swing.
Below, I will give further details on each of the three options above. At the end of the day, we all want more distance with our driver and this starts with increasing your swing speed.
The analytics are pretty clear on the importance of distance in the game of golf:
The further we hit the driver, the shorter the approach shot into the green, the shorter the approach shot into the green, the closer the proximity to the pin on the approach shot, the shorter the putt the more putts you will make on average.
Over the course of 18 holes, a 4 days tournament or a golf season, the additional distance will save you shots on the course. The analytics are on your side as you increase your driver swing speed and your overall distance!
The pros have shown the importance of distance as there are constant gains and stories every week of the new distances reached and the swing speeds pushing the upper 120s for more and more golfers on tour. The amateur can benefit from what has been learned by watching the journey of the touring pros in golf!
How To Increase Driver Swing Speed
- Train for additional swing speed
- Use a longer driver
- Improve your mechanics and sequencing
Option 1: Train For Additional Swing Speed
I believe many used to believe, well this is just how fast I can swing. Recent training tools have started to change many minds. We have seen many of the professional golfers get longer and longer with their tee shots as a result of additional swing speed. You will find many touring pros using the SuperSpeed System, which I highly recommend.
SuperSpeed Golf is one option to increase your swing speed through a science based overspeed training approach. In simple terms, you train by swinging a lighter club (20%) faster than you swing your driver. Over time, by training at a higher speed, your mind and body feel safe to swing that fast with your normal driver, resulting in an increase in driver swing speed.
The SuperSpeed System provides 3 different weighted sticks and takes the golfer through a training protocol every other day for about 15 minutes. The golfer can expect to see a 5-8% increase in swing speed, resulting in 20-30 yards for most golfers. The great news is that the 5-8% can be expected as early as the first training session. The additional speed will become more permanent after about 30-60 days of training.
My own experience has been an increase of 7-10 miles per hour on average from between 98-101 all the way up to 106-109. My goal is to hit the PGA Tour average of 113 mph in the coming months. I will continue to train every other day and watch in amazement as I am hitting drivers longer now than ever before!
Phil Mickelson has been known to increase his swing speed in the past year or so and is close to 120 miles per hour in his swing speed. There are potential results for golfers of all ability levels and age!
Potential Results with SuperSpeed Golf
|Orignial Swing Speed||After 4-6 Weeks||New Carry Distance||Total Distance|
Option 2: Use A Longer Driver
Another option is to put a longer shaft in your driver. The standard length with most store bought drivers is between 45 and 46 inches. However, the rules of the game allow you to up to 48 inches in total length with the driver.
Some of the downside of this approach is of course accuracy. As the driver gets longer, you will be able to swing faster, but may miss the center of the face more frequently. Bryson DeChambeau has often experimented with the longer driver as another option to reach his maximum speed.
The longer lengths club provides some extra swing speed that could result in an extra 2 to 5 miles per hour in total swing speed. If you are someone that might struggle to hit the center of the driver face with a 45-46 inch driver, option one and three might be best for you! Some golfers might actually experiencing more distance with a shorter driver! But only if this helps improve the smash factor, launch angle or spin rate.
Resource: How to hit a 300 yard drive this season!
Option 3: Improve Your Mechanics and Sequencing
There is always room for improvement in the overall swing mechanics and sequencing of a swing. The number one teacher I have experienced with additional swing speed is George Gankas. It appears that everyone he works with is able to add speed by increasing their amount of turn, utilizing ground forces and getting through the shot by being more open at impact. There is no stalling in his swing approach, leading to maximum club speed for each golfer.
Also, the match up between SuperSpeed Golf and getting your mechanics and sequencing right with a teacher like George Gankas can mean some serious results for many golfers. The SuperSpeed Golf System also helps improve mechanics. It is a rather impressive system and can lead to some amazing results.
Another option on the mechanics and sequencing front is the Tour Tempo approach, which advocates for a 3:1 ratio in the swing. What has been found out is that many professional swing at a 18:6, 21:7, 24:8 or 27:9 ratio in backswing to downswing.
Resource: Tour Tempo Review: Can it help my game?
This 3:1 ratio is ideal for increasing swing speed and overall consistency. Many amateur golfers swing way too slow on the backswing and fail to generate enough speed. Checking out the Tour Tempo approach can be helpful as you see the importance of speeding up your backswing!
Next Steps: Increasing Driver Swing Speed
Pick one or all three of the options above. In order to swing faster, you must train to swing faster. Even the most perfect mechanics aren’t always going to bring results, especially if you already have decent mechanics in your swing. There is a reason many of the PGA Tour pros can be seen with SuperSpeed Training clubs in their bag on a weekly basis.
- First, start by measuring your own swing speed using a speed radar.
- Second, get started with one of the three options.
- Third, measure your results.
- Fourth, try another option or stick with the SuperSpeed option for more gains.
Over time, by sticking with the option one and three you can continue to make gradual gains. While the 48 inch driver might not be for everyone, I believe that every golfer can continue to train for speed in the golf swing, while improving mechanics and sequencing. The work with the Tour Tempo app can help improve your sequencing and get you focused on making a quick, yet powerful swing through the hitting zone!
Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better
What does this mean for you? I believe in the following recipe to get better:
1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor. Here are some options:
Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:
2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed. Here are some options:
Looking to gain more Speed and Distance in your swing. Two Options:
3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier. Here is a series on breaking through:
We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.
4 – Practice Frequently
Did you know that I build a golf simulator in my garage and have played over 500 rounds of golf on my SkyTrak system? It has been a game changer and one worth checking out. Here are some of my other posts on golf simulators frequently asked questions:
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- How to Build a Golf Simulator for under $7000
- Top 11 Reasons to Buy a SkyTrak
- How to Build a Golf Simulator for Under $1000
- Why Build A Golf Simulator?
- What Space is Needed?
- Can A Golf Simulator Improve My Game?
- How Much Does A Golf Simulator Cost?
- Don’t Forget to Check out our 15 best golf swings of all time.