Having discussed the basics and keys of a proper programme earlier, we get in this blog into the particular details of steps in speed training for golf. Remember that clubhead speed is the main factor. You find this also in the book “The Search for the Perfect Swing” as determining for distance on the golf course. In fact, how do we get into a good swing movement with the transfer of energy impacting onto the ball?
Indeed, many golfers with decent handicaps posing the question, are in good shape but would like to regain distance and gain more consistency. The handicap result is due to their atheism, and level of competitiveness. Typically they display no proper body angles however, no lag in the swing, flippy at impact, and incorrect tempo ratio like 4-to-1. The struggle with the over-the-top-move is another great loss of power, and source for the foremost distance killer; the slice. Finally, record ‘before videos’ and ‘before’ launch numbers as the first step before the actual training.
So How do we do This – Speed Training for golf?
Tour Tempo offers you four particular steps in speed training for golf through tools and drills. Firstly, is to get a “better body”, and better muscles. You can exercise in the gym, but as we detailed earlier, you have to switch to your specific golf movements one moment in time. Secondly, the training has to challenge you and ask for increased demand over time (the SAID principle). Particularly, we achieve this by using Speedball and its accessories. Thirdly, better mechanics make sure, that you hit the ball well. Hitting well means a good transfer of energy stored in the golf club onto the ball. The smash factor is a way to measure proper mechanics.
Now, all of your training has to be carried over from the range to the golf course. We can be short here. Use the Tour Tempo Tones. Practice a couple of holes with the Tones on the course. Keep things simple here. It works! Combine these elements, and you will get the results seen by Tour Tempo with more distance on the golf course. So what specific training aids and protocols for these three important steps do we provide?
The speedball consists of a 5-iron or driver club with Velcro cross on the front side. Should you swing properly, then you stick the Velcro target, and you take the target to the full finish. To start with the Speedball, you progress thru with standard Y- and L-drills followed by full swings. The Speedball fulfils all of the laws of speed. You need a decent swing, you have to hit the club straight, and through to impact, and you produce a golf swing motion. Do you want to hit the Speedball hard? Well, hit it to the maximum. It is safe on your body, and wrists for example. Also, it provides your mind feedback where the impact is, and where your maximum speed has to be located. So feet back!
Once we have experienced the first-speed exercises we then progress to full speed swings with the SpeedBall with Faceplates. The add-on Faceplates gives the golfer perfectly applied resistance at impact. The brain gets told….. you have some serious resistance you need to overcome. The brain begins to recruit more speed and power knowing it has to swing THRU the hitting zone and get thru the Impact Target.
With each swing, you start to realize that you can swing faster and faster. But it does show what we are all capable of when we train with the correct tools and protocols. And it is efficient if you think that it can be done in a matter of one (1) day.
Mechanics and LAG
The Tour Tempo LagPopper® and PowerAir® create a new paradigm and are the latest deals in the programme. Namely how to feel creating the lag angle and maintaining it in the swing. First, we learn it slowly, then we PROGRESS to more speed. When this is done even a few times, lag improves. Also, both of these training aids incorporate a SAID element, so the increased lag lights up new muscles and neurons in the brain, which truly make it deliberate practice. So note that proper sequence training of the swing movements is put in here.
Improving your mechanics in the short game can also be done with the PowerWhip. Attach the PowerWhip to your golf club, and train LAG. You will notice that you have to rotate the big muscles also for your short game. Moreover, it lets you feel and experience how professionals generate that crisp shot with stop spin on the ball.
Tempo and more distance
So we get to the final step in our training program for speed in golf. We then put it all together with Tour Tempo. The tones of Tour Tempo help the golfer to QUIT thinking and just be athletic and reflexive. It allows you to take your new swing and speed to the ball and the course. Since the Tones never change (time-wise), you can create consistency. From the driver through to the pitching wedges.
Results and More to come
We highlight one case study. However, we will follow-up with more case studies and testimonials. Here are two pictures with “before” and position afterwards following the training. The golfer is 65 years of age, has good athletic capabilities considering age, and has a clubhead speed of up to 92 mph. He hits it with a weak slice.
Now, look at the before and after picture. The difference is a much better body position and rotation to hit through the ball. His tempo went from a 26/11 before tempo to a 25/9 tempo afterwards. The speed went up to a 107 mph, so a thirty-meter distance gain with the driver. That was in less than a day working with our tools and protocols.
Now, maintenance is required. Therefore, we have a twenty to thirty-minute WORK-OUT PROGRAM for you. Depending on your work-out regime, you use the work-out every alternate day. You can step-up your training efforts in a progressive training scheme.