Golf Club Distance – What’s The Secret?

In this article we’re going to discover the real secret to golf club distance and the truth about hybrid golf clubs. We’ll also look at how club head speed is related to distance and how to fix the number one problem that golfers have with their swing.

 

Most golfers assume that the reason they aren’t getting enough distance on the course is because of their clubs. We’ve been bombarded with advertisements telling us how hybrid clubs are going to solve all of our distance problems. While there is no argument that hybrid clubs will hit farther than standard clubs, most golfers will get the same increase with their old clubs just by fixing their swing.

 

What typically happens when you buy a hybrid club is that you now have one very expensive club that you’re not truly getting the most out of and if you’ve replaced your standard club you also have a problem with a gap in your range that you have no club to use for. Much better to fix your swing rather than buy a club since a swing correction will increase the distances on all of your clubs.

 

So what is the real secret of golf club distance? You probably already know this: it’s club head speed. The faster you swing the club, the farther the ball will go all other things being equal. Obviously you also have to be making good contact with the ball with your club face, but that head speed is crucial. We don’t want to confuse club head speed with how hard we hit the ball. Even though you get more power from swinging faster, swinging harder is not the solution.

 

Let’s try a little experiment. Imagine there’s a punching bag in front of you and hit it as hard as you can. Now try to hit it as light and as fast as you can. You’ll notice that when you hit it hard you actually pulled back a little right at the end to concentrate your power and your movement was a lot stiffer than when you tried to hit as fast as you could.

 

This same principle applies to your golf clubs. When you attempt to swing them as hard as you can, you tend to stop your movement at the point of impact. Your swing is also very stiff. When you relax your swing and swing faster the stroke is much longer and your follow through much smoother resulting in much more head speed. You will also make much more consistent contact on the club face.

 

So what’s the number one problem with most golfers’ swings? If there was only one thing you could change to get more club head speed and thus more golf club distance it would be your balance. Bad balance not only robs you of kinetic energy it also can cut your stroke short. Whether you lean too far forward or too far back, some of the energy from your swing is going to be wasted trying to maintain your balance during your swing.

 

If you can correct your balance problem you will automatically be able to address more of that kinetic force onto the ball and it should go farther. So I’m now going to tell you a great trick that I learned from Eric Jones on how to fix your balance in your stance. This so simple, I just love it.

Assume the normal stance you take to address the ball. While you’re in that position attempt to lift your toes, one foot at a time. If you can not lift either foot your body weight is too far forward or you need to straighten up a bit. If you were able to lift them, now attempt to lift them both at the same time. If you can lift both feet at the same time, then your bodyweight is too far back and you need to lean forward a bit. The ideal situation is to only be able to lift one at a time. Try this out next time you’re on the golf course.

 

There are many more things you can do to increase your club head speed and your golf club distance but we’ve at least tried to cover the major issues. Remember to watch your balance and always keep in mind that while speed equals power, swinging harder does not equal more speed. Keep that swing loose and you’ll be alright.