Golf Techniques to Improve Club Head Speed

Spring is here and the New England golf season is underway.  Is your swing the same as last year?   Winter is the perfect time to train to improve your technique, but it’s not too late to improve your club head speed and distance.

I see the golf swing as a melding of skill and physical capacity:

Golf Skill = Technique + Practice

Swing Power = Mobility + Coordination + Muscular Power

Training definitely won’t take the place of skill acquired through lessons and practice, but it will enhance the physical abilities that crank up club head speed.  You know what increased club head speed leads to: better distance!

If you watch good golfers swing, it’s easy to see how much they rely on hip and shoulder turn.  This is perfectly illustrated by the great Ben Hogan:

Ben Hogan

A full turn comes from good flexibility and mobility.  If you’re tight, simply improving those characteristics will tap into some latent power because getting to a full turn will help you generate more club head speed.  But, there’s more to it than just getting loose…

Try these four steps to improve your physical capacity to make a big turn and generate better club head speed:

1. Foam Rolling (self myofascial release)

2. Stretching (or mobility drills)

3. Core Stabilization

4. Muscular Strength and Power

Why four steps?

  1. Foam rolling improves muscle tissue and makes stretching more effective
  2. Stretching increases flexibility (for a better turn)
  3. Core Stabilization fine tunes the link between lower and upper body to focus power
  4. Muscular Strength and Power exercises build better force generation.

So, better turn, better coordination and better power.  You could get used to another 5-10 yards on your drive, couldn’t you?

For details on the nuts and bolts of those four steps, check out my posts linked above and look for more training info in upcoming posts!

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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