You can begin swinging your golf clubs faster by focusing on drills, tempo and practice. Increased swing speed can lead to longer shots, especially with the driver. A major key is being able to increase your swing speed while not sacrificing balance and accuracy. You can accomplish this with patience and persistence.
Practice keeping your arms completely free of tension during the golf swing. To experience this feeling, stand erect without a golf club. Now simply allow your arms to hang naturally in front of you. Wiggle them around. Use your hands to touch your forearms. Notice how soft, supple and relaxed they feel. PGA professional Kriston Dunton says that’s the feel you want during the swing. She told PGA.com that players cannot gain increased swing speed if their arms are tense. In fact, she says players who focus on keeping their arms straight and rigid while swinging actually lose speed and power.
Practice drills to generate speed. Take a club into your hands and turn it upside down so that the handle is pointing to the ground. Place your hands far enough down on the shaft so that the handle cannot touch the ground. Now take a normal golf swing. You should hear a swoosh at the bottom of the swing. The more audible the sound, the better; this is an indicator of increased swing speed, according to Dunton. Continue practicing this drill.
Focus on creating a smooth tempo as you swing the club. Pia Nilsson, a Swedish golf professional and coach, says developing a smooth tempo will help you swing the club faster. He recommends that you practice a drill using four golf balls. Place four balls on tees in front of you. Using your driver, hit the first ball at about 25 percent of your standard swing speed. Then hit the second at 50 percent, the third at 75 percent and the fourth at 100 percent. Understanding how to maintain a smooth tempo while increasing your swing speed will help your overall swing as you progress.
Establish benchmarks and chart your progress. According to golf instructor Hank Haney, most professional golfers swing their driver at a minimum of 110 mph, while amateurs swing at about 85 mph. You can determine your swing speed by testing it on a launch monitor. Most launch monitor sessions are conducted by PGA professionals in golf stores or at courses. You can also buy launch monitors for personal use at home or on driving ranges. A teaching PGA professional can help you establish reasonable swing speed goals after viewing your swing speed and considering your age, physical ability and golfing experience.