This simple chart above shows the relationship between how fast you swing the club club speed and how far you can potentially hit the ball with your golf driver. In theory it should increase swing speed, but an improper fit may cause someone with a moderatetohigh swing speed to lose feeling of the head during. Getting properly fitted is the way to go, but according to true spec golfs tim briand, swing speed is a key parameter. As weve done in the past, for 2018, were again segmenting our data to provide more meaningful information to the individual golfer. Most players who fall under this average should use a loft of 10. Please, lord, let me be worried about whether i should hit my 44 or 46inch driver when im 81. Club head speed studies show that for each mile an hour gained in club head speed results in the ball going 2.
This is a good starting point and should allow you to enjoy a perfect combination between launch and distance for your swing speed. Your swing speed measures the velocity of a golf clubs head at the point of impact. In my work as a swing speed trainer, i can definitely tell you its possible to add 10 mph of speed to swing through swing speed training. This is how far pga and lpga tour players hit it with. This calculator has been updated to include carry distances and total distances for drivers of different lofts and different club speeds. A timehonored tradition in golf is to make driving distance claims well beyond your capability. What is the average swing speed of a senior golfer. Mar 26, 2020 the most important factor in increasing carry distance is clubhead speed. For the golfer whose swing speed is 100 mph, the speed of the ball as it leaves the clubface should be 150 mph. Good players have a wider range for each club and hit fewer poor shots.
A popular swing speed is between 80mph and 90mph and this is where many golfers make a mistake as they will opt for a 9. In part two of this threepart series, were showing data specific to midrange swing speeds 90105mph. For example, most golfers assume that getting a lower loft on their driver will increase distance. If your golf shaft is too stiff and your swing speed is too slow, your wellstruck shot will be limited on both carry distance and shot trajectory. For many of you that might actually decrease your distance. This causes a reduction in clubhead speed, which can reduce distance and cause the club to not feel right. An excellent exercise for honing your swing speed and club head release timing is something often referred to as the whoosh drill. Increase club head speed with the driver golf info guide. Although the optimum method to measure golf club speed is through using technology at a golf training or practice facility, many golfers do not have the access or money to have their club speed. Then i plotted the distance vs clubhead speed as a graph. Ihe avg driver speed for the pros is about 117mph and most of them swing their 5 and 6 irons from low to mid 90s to about 100, or slightly aboveat an avg speed of 94 for a 5 theyd meet the 80% rule but probably avg a couple mph higher and a ratio of say 82 or 83%. Keep in mind that the above numbers are achievable, but only in a best shot type scenario. The combination of the driver head and shaft is crucial.
I wanted and needed extra distance with my driver and i have been working with my swing coach on that now but one suggestion i would make and i have started working on it is to get more flexible. Players make three significant errors in swinging the golf club when it comes to hitting the golf ball long. Injury is the biggest distance loser, and tour pros are most vulnerable. Weve broken down our driver test results into three different swing speed categories. If you carry the ball 230 yards in the air, the ball speed will be just over miles per hour. Furthermore, i believe that age is largely a state.
Combine that with arccos average golfer driver distance, and you get a. They use a driver which has insufficient loft for their club head speed. Lets assume for now that you have a 100 mph club speed and your driver launch is 10. For these average male golfers, trackman statistics report the average club head speed at this 1415handicap level is about 93. Then, he used a graphite driver and hits it about 250 because of the increased clubhead speed. I hit my 7 iron around 165 and fly my driver around 250255. According to noted golf trainer robert cotter, the best.
Long drive competitors have drivers that have only 4 to 7. Now a close second to that advice would be to speed up your swing at impact. My driver swing speed is around 104 or so consistently but my 6 iron speed is around 8890. While it is true that a more rigid or stiff shaft flex can assist in creating a straighter shot, the lack of carry distance also. This simple chart above shows the relationship between how fast you swing the club club speed and how far you can potentially hit the ball. Your driver swing speed says a lot about your game. If so, how does your carry distance compare to the chart. In general, the slower the swing or club speed, the higher the loft of the driver to optimize both carry and roll. The senior tour numbers were calculated by taking the 2012 mean driving distance of 273. All this translated to a total distance that was 2 yards longer than the xstiff and 5 yards longer than the stiff flex.
In our group averages, the regular flex shaft created a little more club head speed, more ball speed, and a slightly higher smash factor. All else being equal, the faster you swing your club, the farther the ball will travel. About 1 out of 5 of my drives go this far when hit well. However, increasing club speed may not necessarily lead to an increase in ball speed. The carry distance for my 7 iron 33 degree was reading between 162166 on average. When golfers talk about increasing their distance particularly with their driver, they usually focus on clubhead speed. That makes the average male amateur driving efficiency to be 2.
Increasing your drive swing speed will increase the distance of your drives. It is, therefore, reasonable to assume that an average players 5iron swing speed will be about 84 percent of the golfers driver swing speed. With the driver, for every 1 mph you add to your swing speed you stand to gain around 2. In fact for every extra 1mph faster you swing the club, you can increase you driver distance by three yards. Make fullmotion swings at half speed with your driver, starting at approximately 100 yards and increasing by 25yard increments up to your maximum distance. The others range in the 240265 range but are always in p. What kind of club head speed is needed to achieve a 280 yard drive.
Golf club head speed is the biggest determinant of how far a golf ball will travel. If you know your club speed, you can determine what loft driver optimizes distance for your swing. The average driver swing speed for women on the lpga tour is 94 mph, while the average 5iron swing speed is 79 mph. I think it really matters which group of senior golfers you are talking about. Performance of the average male amateur golfer trackman golf. With a more appropriate and modern driver and work on flexibility, 300 will come. Cameron champ currently leads the clubhead speed charts this season with a 129. Unless you have exceptionally fast club head speed for an amateur we would advise against a 9. If we were able to express distance as clubhead speed times some factor like 2.
Michael breeds tips to increase club head speed golf. Wed feb 27, 2019 by chris finn over the past four years at par4success, we have been working with and testing juniors, amateurs, professionals and senior golfers in the state of north carolina and throughout the country. Michael breed shows you what you need to increase club head speed for more distance off the tee. You need to be aware of the type of shaft material you are measuring with and make sure that it matches the clubs you would use when out on the course. As you can see, 45% have a club speed between 91 and 100 mph.
Optimize driver loft for more distance true fit clubs. Nov 11, 2019 clubhead speed is how fast you are moving the head of the golf club just before impact. For instance, if your average drive distance is 202 yards, your average club head speed is 202 divided by 2. The reality is that when it comes to club head speed, timing is as important as anything else, and ideally you want to time your maximum club head speed with the moment of impact.
Ball speed is how fast the ball is traveling just after it leaves the face of the club after being struck. The most important factor in increasing carry distance is clubhead speed. Jul 25, 2016 the average driver carry distance from the pga tour is 269 yards. In fact, a 90 mph club head speed when you are 65 years old is not that good and there is likely lots of room for improvement. With the driver each mph of club head speed generates approximately 2. New data shows were not hitting it farther golf digest. The average driver carry distance from the pga tour is 269 yards. Alternatively, you can divide the carry distance by 2. Iirc club head speed isnt measured by gcquad or any variation of it without the dots on the club or on the old gc2 without hmt system. Whether you are looking for carry distance or total distance, every additional mph of clubhead speed is worth about 3 yards of distance, for clubhead speeds between 50 and 120mph.
Golf driver distance and swing speed relationship adam. These tests have a very high correlation to club head speed and can shed. They use a driver which is too long for them to consistently make contact with the sweet spot of the club. The effect of club length on swing speed and distance. A couple years ago i did a driver fitting on a trackman and had clubhead speed usually around 107108. Club head speed calculator golf talk the sand trap.
This would be the opposite for a lighter club, which lets say is at c0. Aug 07, 2019 if you swing over 100 mph, he says, theres little to no chance youll get fitted into a 12degree driver, and if you swing less than 90 mph, youll never want an 8. The speed of the clubhead determines how far you are able to hit the golf ball. If the club head passes your hands at impact flipping the club will be delofted and the ball will fly a shorter distance. Apr 29, 2020 for these average male golfers, trackman statistics report the average club head speed at this 1415handicap level is about 93. In fact for every extra 1mph faster you swing the club, you can increase you driver. Still, there is only about a 10 mph club head speed difference between the guys in the 60to69 age category and the main tour average of about 1 mph. It is very important to note the above chart offers the optimum driver loft for maximum carry distance. However not everyone is the same as others prefer clubs which fall above and below the average loft range. The average clubhead speed increased from 104 mph in 1980 to 1 in 2016. Golf driver distance and swing speed relationship adam young.
Apr, 2017 top speed golf clay ballard 256,289 views 10. What i can argue is that you dont need tremendous distance to reach your. The greatest distance factors are mechanics and club head speed. Optimizing a golfers distance with the driver using their existing club speed is an. Ive seen these numbers consistently on 2 different gc2 machines. I hit several golf balls aiming to swing at the following common 7 iron swing. Sure, there was that time last june that you hit a sprinkler head on a downwind.
As you can see, the club speed for the average pga tour pro is 1 mph with driver. In my opinion, focusing on ball speed is more important. It is most commonly measured when players are using their driver. Ball speed a reality check this is the most important report i have ever written. The chart is based on reasonable maximums normal conditions and represents optimal carry distances distance in the air. The 7 iron is a pretty standard benchmark number which golfers tend to compare themselves against the other obviously being the driver distance. Now you can pretty much guarantee that a tour pro is getting the best out of his club head speed.
We took driver and 7iron swing speeds around 800,000 shots total and separated. Clubhead speed is how fast you are moving the head of the golf club just before impact. Even a minor increase of just a few miles per hour can have a noticeable impact on how far your ball travels down the fairway. An increase of 1 in the length of a club will typically only increase the clubhead speed by 1 mph. So, with that in my, i did a little test today using trackman to measure. Driver dave hits a regular shafted steel driver 240 yards. If you can add speed to your driver swing, you are naturally going to hit the ball farther from the tee. While your swing speed is very critical golf ball speed is a better measurement of how efficiently you transferred the energy of your swing to the ball. This assumes you arent changing other stuff besides clubhead speed that is, same smash factor, properly fitted driver. However if your swing speed is faster, especially when it is 100 mph or over then the lower angle of the club actually provides extra driver distance than using a driver with a higher loft. The more important data is ball speed, launch, spin, peak height, descentland angle, standard deviation not sure if this is measured by box box stores. In general, the speed of the golf ball should be 1.
My take away here is that slower club speeds will typically always hit the. Jun 09, 2015 take a look at how club speed effects driver carry distance. The average estimated pga tour club lofts were taken from 30 players by gathering 2010. If i had gone for total distance instead of carry distance, the slope would still be 3. Dec 29, 2014 the reality is that when it comes to club head speed, timing is as important as anything else, and ideally you want to time your maximum club head speed with the moment of impact. A 50yearold male golfer is likely to have a much faster swing speed than an 80yearold female. Swing speed can be defined as how fast the golf club is traveling when it strikes the ball. In both cases, the 5iron swing speed is 84 percent of the driver swing speed. Driver swing speed vs carrytotal distance club making. The average club head speed for a male golfer is about 95 mph 15 km.
Many golf professionals are able to generate high club speeds through their form and method of striking the ball. These figures are a couple of years old, but another recent study shows that they really havent changed that much. Ball speed will always be faster than club speed due to transference of momentum from the heavy head of the golf club to the lighter, highenergy ball. In this article, we are going to address the topic of increasing your club head speed with the driver. Every club has unique characteristics, most notably where the center of gravity is. If you swing the club at 100mph, your theoretical limit is 260 in the air. Not only does more swing speed help you hit the ball farther, research shows there is a direct correlation between your driving distance and club. Something that is often considered among amateur golfers is when comparing a 9. This will give you your average club head speed in miles per hour. How far would golfs legends drive the ball using modern. Clubhead speed is 112 with that same old driver and distance is about 280. Jun 30, 2019 this simple chart above shows the relationship between how fast you swing the club club speed and how far you can potentially hit the ball with your golf driver.718 893 1376 1128 367 758 493 1057 638 332 1372 735 10 929 242 914 675 82 845 1187 222 1450 1458 1284 291 213 1163 191 529 981 47 367 913 176 906