Swing speeds vary greatly among golfers, pros and amateurs alike. On the PGA Tour, history has shown pros can achieve success with a swing that is lightning fast or one that is leisurely. For amateurs, anxiety about playing the golf shot properly and trying to hit the ball farther often causes them to rush the swing or swing too hard, usually resulting in a less-than-satisfactory shot.
Calculating the speed of your golf swing requires the use of a launch monitor, a swing speed radar or other electronic equipment that is available at golf retail or online shops or at golf courses. Measuring swing speed is key to selecting the right shafts for your golf clubs. Shafts are available in different flexes, from ladies to extra stiff. Each flex is suited to a range of swing speeds so that golfers can get the most out of their swing.
Despite what you may have heard, your backswing can be too slow. The backswing sets up the downswing, and if you swing too slowly, you will not develop enough clubhead speed to hit the ball a long way. But there is no one correct speed; some players like Ernie Els appear to have slow backswings, while others like Nick Price have fast ones. The correct swing speed for you depends on several factors
Hand actions are clearly an important part of the golf swing. For example, every good golf swing begins with a proper grip. If you don’t hold the club correctly, an otherwise flawless swing won’t yield the desired result. Hand movements remain important even after you’ve gripped the club. As with many other aspects of the golf swing, however, opinions differ regarding how active your hands should be to generate maximum swing speed.
For golfers who want their shots to travel farther off the tee, increasing swing speed is one way to make it happen. Longer drives leave shorter approach shots to the green and more opportunities for low scores. Merely swinging harder won’t cut it, but consider other methods that help increase club-head speed and promote longer drives and more-powerful shots.
Golfers always recognize good tempo when they see it in another player’s swing. A swing with proper tempo looks like it requires little exertion from start to finish. The parts are all moving in harmony. A swing with good tempo looks fluid, rhythmic and may appear slower than it actually is. Proper tempo is one of the keys to both power--longer shots--and accuracy in golf.
Although many golfers worry that they're using club shafts that are too soft, it may be more likely that they're too stiff. Everybody wants to play the same equipment as their favorite professional players, but they often don't realize just how different a pro's swing is from that of a recreational golfer. That difference can really show up when it comes to shaft flex. There are a few tell-tale signs that your club shafts could be too stiff for your game.
To add to the distance of their golf shots, many golfers focus their efforts on increasing the speed of the ball by increasing the speed of their swing. While there is a correlation between swing speed and ball speed, adding swing speed alone does not guarantee longer shots. Just as important is the ability of the golfer to maximize swing efficiency and to develop the ability to control the tempo of the swing. It is also necessary to strike the ball squarely on the clubface's "sweet spot."