Is that an OSU hat? Enjoy.
Thanks Golf.com. Very Helpful.
By Kickntrue on 6/29/10
You want Bubba Watson's clubhead speed?! Who doesn't? That's why I'm so appreciative of Golf.com's amazing tip.
At home, you should swing for a few minutes and make the fastest swings possible while maintaining most of your balance.Well, crap! That's the reason I haven't been hitting 350 yard drives?! I'm glad they researched the answer with a "Top 100 Teacher." It's not like a 4 year old could've come up with this one.
I mean... they're a big publication with access to a lot of info. This is really the best they could come up with?! I realize not everyone is looking for a scientific breakdown of a golf swing... but for anyone willing to take the time to read, it sure would be more useful. It's okay, Golf.com, I don't remember much of my high school Physics class, but I'm not going to freak out if you want to use the word "torque." Printing crap like this is a joke, an insult to our intelligence and a waste of every readers time.
Golf.com's Amazing Swing Breakthrough!
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While Bubba IS really long, i think it's still worth mentioning that his 396 yd drive came after bouncing one off the cart path to get another 60 yards. To his credit though, the offending path was a 334yd carry from the tee. :) haha. but nevertheless -- it still helped.
Or maybe it was a 324 carry... either way, it's really far.
Wouldn't it be easier, if you really want more distance, to use a 33" Easton?
Agree, terrible tip. All that will do is augment any swing flaws...turning slices into super duper slices. Yeah baby...I hit it 324 yards...to the right and OB!
I kind of get their point, like Jack Nicklaus said, learn to hit it hard THEN work out how to hit it straight.
However of does smack a bit of slow news day!!
If you look at Bubba's swing, his arc is incredible!!! He "creates" speed with his swing, he does not swing harder!!! BIG difference...
He most certainly DOES swing harder, look at his face and the veins bulging out of his neck. He's not waving some magic wand CREATING speed . He's swinging out of his shoes and hitting as hard as he can. People, it's simple physics faster=farther
Bryan K says:
I was so frustrated with my slice today (no idea where it came from...I just started slicing it about 2-3 weeks ago...right when the rest of my game really started coming together), that I hauled off and swung one with as much club head speed as I could muster. Mind you, I did not "swing hard". I took the club back as far as I could, and I really made a whiplash whirlwind out of my swing. I didn't quite make it 280 yards, but it was very close (277 to be exact). It was really beautiful for about the first 150 yards, too, until the slice kicked in. I think that if I'd have hit it straight, it would have easily topped 300. As it sat, my 277 yard drive was still 200 yards from the green on a 380 yard par 4. Hey...but at least it was in a fairway. Key word here..."A" fairway.
That said, I've measured my swing speed. There is a happy medium where a good, fundamentally sound swing will create the most club head speed. When I try to swing harder than that, my club head speed actually decreases.
Bubba has swung hard since he started playing golf...that is much different than us hacks all of sudden swinging harder. I think a fundamentally sound, repeatable swing is what us "hacks" should work towards. Simply swinging harder won't help most of us...I argue it will do the opposite.
THIS JUST IN: Hitting the ball directly on the sweet spot will produce longer, more accurate shots! Practice this stunning new development by trying to hit the ball dead center everytime.
I'm no expert, but I've noticed in my own swing that having an efficient return path of the clubhead to the ball makes a huge difference in distance. If you get off-plane and have to do any rerouting, you can make a swing that feels just as hard (and possibly even goes straight, depending on the success of your corrections) but you won't get the distance.
Matt F says:
I went to a ball fitting yesterday and found out I was swinging at 102.5 mph. When we changed balls I started swinging harder - 105.4 mph and was loosing distance and accuracy. From my experience, you don't have to swing harder to get distance, I believe it's in the tempo.
I'm with merlin2driver on this. OF COURSE harder means further.
If you hit the perfect shot every time then the harder you hit that perfect shot the further it will go....
The argument going on here seems to be that if you swing harder your shot wont go as far because you wont be hitting as well..... but point is that as well as hard you ALSO need to be hitting the sweet spot and have the club head travelling in the right direction with the face on line blah-di-blah, they are not mutually exclusive.
Reading the article again I think the point they are trying to get across is that if you can work out how to hit flat out as hard as you can while still keeping that under control then you'll hit further but be able to still keep it straight. It's all about how hard you can hit and control the club head.... not the FACT that harder = longer.
Well said DiC. I was just just disputing what you hear on the golf course every day, which is just nonsense. "If you want to hit it farther, swing easier". The FACT is if you want to make more consistant contact, swing easier. People who THINK they're swinging HARDER are usually so out of control with the clubhead so far behind their hands that it IS actually going slower. Or they've made such a fast backswing that all their energy is used up just stopping their rotation in the wrong direction. Look at the long hitter in slow motion, the lower half of the body starts moving first, then the hands come around to the front of the body and almost come to a stop as the wrists crack the whip (clubhead)The arms are pushing forward also and since the lower body was already going forward, the arms have something to react against(the lower body momentum) think about pushing a car while standing flat footed or pushing a car with your back against a wall.
Also, by holding the rubber grippy thing instead of the club head helps too.
Oh yeah, that too.
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