From the Forward Tees to the Tips
For the entirety of my golfing career, my club head speed has been average. On my best days I could break 100 MPH, but most days I was in the upper 90’s. Adequate, but far from great.
Lately, however, my club head speed has increased to as much as 113 MPH. Regular readers have noticed and asked, “How did you do that?” In this lesson, I’ll explain the steps I took to add serious distance to my drives.
Please note: I am NOT a personal trainer, biomechanics experts, or anything of that sort. This is an account of what worked for me, nothing more. Please consult our resident expert, Tyler Parsons, if you want a personalized plan for more club head speed.
Step 1: Lose Weight
Over the course of 2 years, I lost 45 pounds. There were plenty of good reasons to lose weight – better health, looking better – and you can add “swinging faster” to the list.
Look at some the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day. There are not a lot of extra pounds there. Swinging fast is about turning fast. The less of you there is to turn, the faster you can turn.
It’s also worth mentioning that weighing less means less stress on your joints. That means more longevity and less pain.
Step 2: Fix Your Body’s Deficiencies
Everyone’s body has limitations. Whether it’s a frozen T-spine from sitting in a chair all day or immobile shoulder from too much bench pressing, there’s something in your body that’s limiting your ability to swing a golf club.
This is where a professional like Tyler Parsons is invaluable. I sent Tyler a video of me doing a series of prescribed movements. He evaluated my mobility and created a list of exercises to fix my problems.
Keep in mind that fixing these problems takes a long time. They were created over years, and they won’t be fixed in a week. With relentless effort, however, I’ve made improvements on all my problem areas.
Step 3: Lift Smarter
I’ve been lifting weights regularly for almost twenty years. I’ve been lifting intelligently for less than two.
I started lifting in high school, and I eschewed anything that wasn’t related to bench press or biceps. Over time, my routines got better, but they still weren’t great because they ignored the big compound lifts: squats and dead lifts. In the last couple years, I’ve learned to love these lifts, and the results have been great. Not only has my club head speed improved, all my other lifts have gotten better, I look better, and I’m more resistant to injuries.
“Golf specific” exercises are fine, but they’re not the basis of good strength training. Create a strong foundation, then add accessory lifts.
Finally, a preemptive response to those that want to say, “I can’t squat or dead lift”: yes, you can. You may need to fix some mobility issues first, you may have to start very light, but you can and should be doing these lifts if you’re serious about strength training.
Step 4: Specificity
Perhaps the most important part of any club head speed enhancement plan is swinging fast. This seems simple, but it’s often overlooked: if you want to swing faster, spend more time swinging fast.
I saw huge, immediate gains when I started working with my Super Speed training clubs again. The reason that my gains were so substantial was that I had laid a great foundation before I started using Super Speed again.
My theory is that a regular routine of swinging fast will help you realize all the club head speed your body has in it. By losing weight, fixing mobility problems, and lifting smarter, I had repository of unrealized speed. My lighter, stronger, more mobile body was primed to swing faster than it ever had, I just had to tell it to do so. When I started using Super Speed regularly, my club head speed went up 8 MPH in two weeks. Since then, continued use has added another 2 MPH.
If you want to see immediate gains in club head speed, check out Super Speed training clubs or any other club designed to add club head speed. Use it regularly, and you’re likely to see some gains.
If you want significant, long-lasting gains, examine your body composition, mobility, and strength in addition to swinging fast. I hope you’re all able to boost your club head speed like I did, because it’s a lot more fun being long.