Ask golfers what they want, and they will say more distance nine out of ten times. It is often in combination with consistency. In our series of blogs, we give a breakdown of what you need to achieve for more distance from the tee. So, how to begin with the basics? And what is proper training aids? In this blog, we will deal with the most important basic issues of training for more distance in golf. Note that Tour Tempo has pretty much over 20 plus years of experience for you with training these basics for more distance and ball speed.
The Golf ball
let us look at the elements of how far a golf ball will travel in the first place. Namely, three elements dictate the distance and flight of a golf ball. Ball Speed is obvious, but also the spin of the ball and the Launch Angle of the ball coming off the face of the club. Of course, elements like temperature, wind speed, and surface conditions like ground firmness truly affect distance, but we and you have no control over those variables. So, we need to focus on the three elements of ball speed, ball spin, and launch angle of the ball.
Ball Speed is a function of club speed and energy transfer. In other words, how much club speed can you generate? The smash factor is a good determinant of this. If your smash factor is 1.48 or above, you are transferring the energy (impact law in physics).
Spin is a function of your angle of attack and the loft on the club at impact. Ideally, on a driver, your spin will be in the 2000 to 2500 rpm range. As a general rule of thumb the higher the ball speed is, the less spin you need. Launch Angle functions similar to spin, and ideally, you would launch at about 12 to 14 degrees of the driver’s face. The best way to determine your current launch is getting on a launch monitor and testing your driver. So, our first conclusion must be that more distance means a higher clubhead speed. Here is the simple linear graph.
Therefore, we focus on clubhead speed as the best and simplest way to more distance for you.
Get No Injuries
An important point here is the health and wellbeing of the golfer’s body. Most likely, you look at a ton of social media showing a golfer training for speed either in the gym with weights. Also, you find examples of golfers swinging on their knees. These golfers (and unfortunately) their trainers have no clue that the exercise or its execution is doing you harm.
So this implies that you know what you are doing, followed by knowing how to do it properly. If the exercise comes at a cost, as it might, or does hurt the body, it should be off the table. It makes no sense to injure yourself. Tour Tempo has the answers and can get you there without injury. You might be thinking, duh, why would I want to do something that causes harm, and I would agree with you. However, maybe the problem is a lack of knowledge or lack of experience with speed training for golf. You may not identify it yourself. Moreover, get advice from an expert medical consultant if you have questions on safe training the body.
Yes, it is possible to gain speed with what you are doing, but if it only gives two miles per hour (mph) increase in clubhead speed, it is not very helpful. Alternatively, the tour tempo program lets you pick up ten in less than a week. It is frequently demonstrated in classes, and we will get to results in later blogs. However, increase the quality of your training when training for more distance in golf.
Spend your time and energy on exercises and training aids that produce the best and fastest and easiest results. Tim Ferriss has a name for it and by giving it a name and focus, it is part of the mindset (see for his blogs the site https://tim.blog). Consequently, your Acceptance to do hard work increases.
The training must work! It is the open door of this blog, but why not say it. Again, you are probably thinking that you got that covered. Your training is as Effective as Quality x Acceptance is working for you correctly. So, use products, drills, and exercises that work for you. You can track this by measurements taken from before and after situations.
Another particular basic aspect is loading. This is similar to the concept of the stretch shorten cycle. If you load your jumping motion with more speed, you jump higher. Likewise, loading your golf muscles lets you fire with more speed. So, load up with proper swing tempo and this will help you unload with more speed at impact. Particularly, it is where our Tour Tempo comes into the picture.
In this blog, we present the most important requirements for any work-out aiming at better training for more distance in golf. In our next blog, we step into the key elements of these training programmes.