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Increase your club head speed for greater distance, better ball striking

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Beginning from the top of your back swing, feel your arms starting to straighten out, fully extending upon impact. (Jeff White/WorldGolf.com)

Club head speed is the key to greater distance and solid ball striking. But where does speed come from? Well, speed comes from more than one part of your golf swing. The following tips will improve your distance and ball striking.

First, a faster golf swing starts with the proper grip. Both hands need to work together. The V's between the thumb and forefingers of both hands should point toward your back shoulder. Next, make sure you grip the club lightly. Sam Sneed always said, "Grip the club like you are holding a small bird in your hands: strong enough to keep hold of the bird but soft enough not to hurt it." Gripping too tightly is the No.1 reason most average golfers struggle with club head speed.

Next, extend your arms through the impact area. As you feel the club head strike the ball your arms should be fully extended upon impact. Most average golfers tend to pull the club in toward their body as they strike the ball. This actually slows your swing, leading to distance loss and mis-hits.

Finally, fast club head speed always results from fast hips moving correctly during the down swing. As the front hip clears correctly during the down swing, the golf club acts as a slingshot, releasing energy with great centrifugal force during impact. The sequence of events should be:

1. Start with the proper grip, just enough pressure to hold onto the club with both hands working together.

2. Beginning from the top of your back swing, feel your arms starting to straighten out, fully extending upon impact.

3. On the down swing, as you feel your weight shift from your back foot toward the target, let your front hip open as fast as possible. This move will encourage your hands to naturally release the club head during impact.

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Les Miller was a longtime Golf Writers of America member who covered golf instruction for several newspapers and golf publications. His many years of experience as a golf professional, director of product development and tour relations for several major golf companies gave him a unique background and ability to help golfers increase their enjoyment of the game.

 
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  • you rteach for swing speed and power is so off!

    isaac jimison wrote on: Jun 7, 2010

    Man you sure don't know what the hell your talking about. I guess they let anyone teach now. Hands must drop in and down as fast as possible. Extending your arms is only going to hurt the average golfer since 90% of them cast hte club gettign across the line.

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      • RE: you rteach for swing speed and power is so off!

        Jeff S wrote on: Sep 15, 2012

        To increase club head speed you MUST increase the speed of your hip rotation. Period! The tricky part is keeping every other aspect of your swing in good form while increasing the speed of your hip rotation.

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      • RE: you rteach for swing speed and power is so off!

        Scott Cole wrote on: Nov 12, 2010

        Got to agree with Isaac. The arms should NOT be fully extended at impact, but through impact. Just like throwing a punch. You don't want your arm to be fully extended at the strike point, you will cause no damage. Your full extension would be through the opponent. Same thing in golf. Every video I review of a golfer who can't hit it out of his shadow has his arms fully extended at impact.
        www.scottcolegolf.com

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      • RE: you rteach for swing speed and power is so off!

        Jeff wrote on: Sep 1, 2010

        Wrong Isaac, the arms do straighten immediately. This can be done without casting or uncocking the wrists.

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          • jeff you shouldnt teach cause your weak off the tee distance wise

            isaac jimison wrote on: Mar 23, 2011

            What do you know about golf jeff? you're probably another assistant or head professional who is a 2 handicap. Ive got 30+ yards on you for sure. Going to a golf school doesnt make you a valid teacher.

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      • RE: you rteach for swing speed and power is so off!

        Justin Johnson wrote on: Jul 14, 2010

        I agree with Isaac. The only way to increase accuracy and distance is to have a better grip. This can only be achieved using Quick Grip.
        www.quickgripgolf.com

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