Golf can be a difficult game even for those with elite club head speed.
When a golfer is struggling with distance due to a slow swing speed, the game becomes that much more difficult.
The great news is that swing speed is not a static thing and it can be improved with the right training, technique and intention.
Below, we will dive into the common faults that lead to a slow swing speed and then leave you with some hope on how to increase your swing speed with a fix for each cause.
The data is pretty clear from the PGA Tour on the importance of distance and that golfers, even those towards the end of their professional careers, have been able to increase their swing speeds at a decently significant level.
Why Is My Swing Speed So Slow?
A slow swing speed can be caused by a lack of proper training, poor mechanics/tempo and even the wrong intention that places the speed at the wrong time in the swing.
Cause #1: Lack of Proper Training
Do you train for speed? Do you do anything to at least maintain your speed or increase your swing speed? As people age, they naturally lose distance if they are not completing some level of speed training. In the past 5-10 years it has become more clear on what routines and protocols can help golfers produce additional speed that will stick with the golfer on the golf course.
Too many golfers just simply accept their current swing speed levels and fail to consider what could be with the proper training. The great news is that you don’t have to become an elite athlete and start squatting, bench pressing or throwing around a bunch of weight to experience an increase in swing speed.
While a physical fitness routine might help you stay injury free and gain some speed, the true results come from over speed training. We detail this below under the section “Fix #1: OverSpeed Training with SuperSpeed Golf”
Cause #2: Poor Mechanics/Tempo
Slow swing speed can be a result of poor swing path, poor timing on the release of a club or too slow of tempo.
An excessive swing path too far in or too far out can lead to a body that stalls and fails to deliver maximum speed to the ball. If the swing path gets 10 degrees too far right or too far left can lead to these issues. The excessive across the ball path also leads to poor contact which reduces ball speed as well.
Another issue among many golfers is that they dump their speed through casting the club early in the downswing and have a maximum speed on the way to the ball instead of at the ball and through the ball.
The third area of concern under this section is too slow of tempo. I would recommend checking out our complete post on Tour Tempo and how it can help your game.
The basic premise is that if you want to swing faster you have to increase the speed of your backswing. The old saying of low and slow on the way back is bad advice for many golfers. Too many amateurs are way too slow on their backswing, which leaks a great deal of potential speed on the backswing.
Cause #3: Wrong Intention
Too many golfers have the wrong intention and swing at the ball instead of through the ball. In watching plenty of Mach3 training videos on social media, they often stress the importance of swinging up and through the shot and getting the speed out front.
The main swing though is speed out front. I find in my own golf swing when I am not quite hitting the ball as far it usually comes back to this intention of speed out front not being a main thought. As soon as I return to this intention, the speed and distance returns.
Fix #1: OverSpeed Training with SuperSpeed Golf
The game of golf has evolved to where speed is important in the game of golf. The faster your swing, the further the ball flies and the more shorter irons or wedges you have into a green.
Training for speed is a great idea and one worth exploring!
If you are going to train for speed, I would highly recommend the SuperSpeed Training System.
Gone are the days of simply being content with the distance you currently hit your golf ball. Many older golfers have proven over the past several years that an increase in swing speed is possible.
There are training systems to help you get your game to the next level and distance is arguably the fastest way to make this happen!
My number one recommendation is to check out SuperSpeed Golf and their protocols to help you find a safe way to increase your swing speed.
I spent many years wondering how I can increase my swing speed. When I was playing junior golf, we weren’t fortunate enough to have some of the training aids and knowledge that is now available. Smart people have studied the golf swing and have created training aids and protocols to help all golfers increase their distance!
At around the same time, the statistics from the PGA Tour have become more clear and the importance of speed is acknowledged by many to be a key to being the best on the PGA Tour.
Within the past several years, there have been several products hit the market to make speed gains possible. While many people for many years waited for the latest driver to come out to gain an additional 5-10 yards, you can now do this even with your current clubs.
Did you know that with the SuperSpeed Training System you can gain 5-8% increase in swing speed as early as the first training session? This would allow you to gain somewhere between 10 and 30 yards depending on your current swing speed.
The SuperSpeed Training System is based on three different swing speed sticks all weighing at different weights. There is a green club that is 10% lighter than the average driver, the blue club which is 5% lighter and the red club which is actually 5% heavier!
Following their prescribed protocols the golfer completes the training every other day. The total time to complete most of their protocols is between 10-15 minutes. Most people can find the time to make this happen. The golfer will also need a swing radar to measure their progress.
The science behind the SuperSpeed Training System is based on overspeed training. Overspeed training has been around for several decades now and has been used by olympic athletics in the sport of Track and Field.
The science behind this overspeed training is based on the premise that your brain will only allow your body to move as fast as it feels it can stop safely! So, you get to work and swing the clubs as fast as possible, retraining your brain to allow you to swing your driver faster.
For more permanent results, the golfer should continue these training protocols for several months. The initial 5-8% is great and can become more permanent with the right length of training. The golfer can expect to continue to break down barriers every several months at a 1-2% increase.
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 (a senior golfer now) 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!
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Fix #2: Balance out Swing Path and Train With TourTempo App
Measure your swing path on a launch monitor and ensure you aren’t too extreme one way or the other. The second fix here is to train with the TourTempo App and find your 3:1 ration that works whether you are an 18:6, 21:7. 24:8 or even 27:9, the key is that you have the 3:1 ration and aren’t i the 30s on the backswing.
Test it out the next time you are the at the range and increase the speed of your backswing if you are in fact in the 30s.
Fix #3: Speed Out Front
Try the intention of speed past the ball instead of at the ball. You might be surprised on the extra 3-5 miles per hour you can sneak out of your swing with a simple change with your intention
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- Average swing speed for amateurs and how to increase swing speed!
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My Secret To Golf Improvement
Let’s face it, in order to get really good at golf, we must practice frequently. About three years ago, I made the leap and invested in a golf simulator build for my garage. I went with a SkyTrak Launch Monitor and the TGC software and can now play over 100,000 courses including Augusta, Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black, Whistling Straits. St. Andrews and many other of the top 100 courses in the world.
This golf simulator setup, which is more affordable that you might imagine, has been a game changer. I can now play golf everyday of the year regardless of rain, snow, cold weather or time of day. I can practice or play rounds of golf. I can stand in the 11th fairway at Augusta and with the auto-rewind feature I am able to practice my approach shots from various differences.
It is worth checking out through Rain or Shine Golf as they offer some incredible packages along with financing offers that are difficult to beat.
Some direct links to Rain or Shine Golf for pricing and financing:
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:
- Is a Golf Simulator Worth It?
- How to Build a Golf Simulator?
- What is the Best Golf Simulator?
- Golf Simulator Accessories?
- 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.