Club Head Speed Training

Jamie Sadlowski Driver

What Do We Want?  More Distance!

When the majority of people go into the gym for golf they have one goal: they want to hit it further.  With so many tour players picking up speed and bombing it out there, it makes it look like a lot of fun.  Especially now with so much data bringing to light the advantages a longer player has over the field.  I will agree, the gym is more than half the battle to picking up speed.  Unfortunately, what I see people doing is not going to help them swing faster.  In fact, it may tighten you up and make your game worse.

This Lesson Is For You If:

You want to hit the ball farther

You’re willing to get to the gym to improve your game

You want to know how to use your gym time effectively


Strength Training Isn’t Speed Training

Is strength training important for getting faster?  Yes.  Is this is the only piece?  Absolutely not.

Most the time people think if they get stronger they will swing faster.  I will agree that a general strength program is important.  You can only produce as much power as you have strength.  Activating the muscles and getting them to contract is a very important piece of the puzzle to swinging faster.  However, you must keep in mind what you are doing to your body when you are lifting.  During the lift we are actually putting small micro tears in the muscle.  The body then repairs them and makes them slightly bigger and stronger than before, assuming we have proper nutrition.  When the muscle is repaired, we must make sure we are not losing range of motion and flexibility.  This is where a lot of you can be damaging your golf game due to “bulking up” and not maintaining or improving on your range of motion.

Justin Thomas Driver

How is strength training different than power training?

Strength is being able to lift as much weight as possible, which will result in a slow motion.  Think of squatting as your max weight for one rep.  You will drop down with the weight and, pushing as hard as you can, slowly rise up.

Power is much different.  Power is speed plus strength.  Think about throwing a 5 pound rock as far as possible.  You used your strength to pick up and move the rock.  Then you rapidly moved the rock by throwing it.  This is why Olympic lifting is a home for golfers.  Exercises like power cleans and snatches move the bar using the entire body for strength, and they force you to quickly perform the rep.  Do not go straight to the gym and start doing Olympic lifting.  Make sure you have a good understanding of the movements, positions, form and using a light enough weight.  Everything you do for golf fitness should be to prevent injury first, then improve performance.

If you are wanting to boost your club head speed you should be doing a blend of all these things.  A great way to start incorporating these things would be in a 1/2 kneeling lunge.  This requires you to work on balance, stability, and strength of the lower body.  You can then use a cable machine or band and perform a punch.  In this position the hips should stay very still, so we are now working disassociation of the upper and lower body.  You can rotate and punch hard enough to create power and work on rotation.  When it comes time to go back into a normal standing position to do the same exercise you feel much more stable and ground and can produce much more power through sequencing of the hips.

Jason Day Driver

The “Secret Formula”

Players needs to have enough stability to load and hold specific muscles and body parts still, while others are unloading and increasing speed.

They need to have the proper amount of flexibility for the muscles to move without calling upon others to help aid in the motion.

The player needs every muscle to be activating properly so they will not leak power.

They need sound swing mechanics to do the task at hand.  Golf instructors and a knowledgeable fitness professional speed this process up.

Mix in enough strength to boost your power

Knowing how to train for power and making sure everything falls into place so you do not cause injury in the swing.


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Tyler Parsons

Director of Golf Fitness and Head Teaching Professional at Parsons Golf Performance
Tyler started in golf early on, playing in many junior events. He was known for his length and blowing it by his competitors. He contributes a lot of this to always trying to keep up with PGA Tour long hitter and friend, J.B. Holmes, who he grew up playing with on their high school team. Tyler graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Kinesiology, exercise science. This is the study of the human body's movements and biomechanics, so it was a perfect fit when Parsons started personal training and started looking to help golfers off the course. Upon completion of the Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness program, who are the leading company in golf specific training, he then went on to obtain their highest level of certification (TPI CGFI Level 3 FP). After a few years of training other golfers, he connected with childhood friend, Holmes, and started training him helping protect his body and improve performance. This caught the eye of Matt Killen, swing coach for Holmes. Later the two joined up and Tyler moved to Bowling Green, Ky to work alongside Matt with Killen Golf. Since then Tyler has worked with PGA Tour players, Josh Teater, Kenny Perry, Blake Adams, and current rising star, Justin Thomas. Along the way Tyler put his knowledge of golf and body movements to the test and started designing a program to not only increase speed, but test its limits. Spending time working on his body in the gym and performing specific key "speed" movements in the swing, Tyler jumped his club head speed from an impressive 120 mph to 152 mph. He is now teaching this program to all skill levels of players, helping from their game. His results can be seen each week as Justin Thomas tees up and delivers his blistering speed on tour as one of the pound for pound longest hitters.

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