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|Golf Swing: 5 Essential Measurements for More Distance. Get more yards without spending a fortune.
If you are like me you are in your twilight years. Those days of
whipping everyone from the blue tees and scoring a 67 are long
gone. No longer do I brag about beating my son who hits it 300
yards against the wind. Because quit frankly I don't hit it far
anymore and haven't for years. In fact, every year seems like I
hit it shorter and shorter. Or it's just harder to get the same
distance. When I try to crank it up, the ball goes in directions
I've never seen from my classic smooth golf swing.
For the better part of the last 15 years, my long ball son and I
have worked on my golf swing to get more distance. I am a golf
instructor and poured what I knew into him. I've created a
monster. He hits an eight iron 200 yards. He still doesn't score
that well. His work schedule doesn't allow him to put in the
time it takes to get down in the 70's. We have opposite games,
he hits it far and doesn't score that well, I hit short and
score in the mid seventies consistently. You see where I'm going
For the last seven years, I have taught the golf swing. I'm a
PGTCA certified golf instructor. I've literally taught hundreds
of people during the years. The number one request from most of
my clients over 50 years old: How do I get more distance without
giving up straightness? They lament, "I bought this $600 dollar
driver only to see my distance go down over the years."
After studying the game for the last 45 years, I've studied
under some of the greatest golf teachers. I get a kick out, when
an amateur golfer thinks pros hit it well because of the clubs.
If you are an experienced golfer you know that if you give a
touring pro the oldest beat up, out-of-date golf club and an
amateur the best club with the newest technology, the touring
pro will hit smoother, straighter and farther. So it's not
entirely the club.
Below you will find some measurements and simple solutions to
apply to help determine what exactly is happening to your swing.
They will help you understand WHAT you need to DO in order to
get more distance without sacrificing straightness. Then you
could go buy that expensive new club with these measurements in
Before you spend money on a new driver: 5 measurements you must
1. Clubhead speed
This is one of the more important measurements you can take on
your own golf swing. The only thing about it. You can't just go
one time to a store to have them measure it. You need to take
ongoing measurements to track your progress. There are
affordable options out there my favorite is the "Speed Stik"
which helps improve your clubhead speed and measure it. It
measures clubhead speed and helps you hear when you are swinging
faster. Practice it over and over at the increased speed. A more
expensive option is the "SwingMate" just for measuring the
speed. Both are available at
Golfsmith. In order to build the
strength you can also use a weighted club or weight donuts.
Swing it five minutes before you use the Speed Stik. Then try it
2. Center of the clubface
Clubhead speed without hitting in the center will impact your
distance and of course straightness. A simple solution, impact
tape. This goes on your clubface and you see the mark it leaves.
Do this a few times at the range or even at home with plastic
golf balls. (Don't go breaking the windows or hit the ceiling
3. Correct swing path not for distance but straightness
The swing path is tricky to diagnose but through training you
can get an eye for it. Simply observe the immediate path of the
ball after impact. If the ball shoots to the left immediately
after impact you are hitting it from outside in. If the ball
jets to the right immediately after impact, you have an inside
out swing path. Another way is take a flattened cardboard box
place it one or two inches parallel outside the golf ball. The
goal being to avoid hitting the box altogether. But if you hit
the ball then the box you have an inside out swing. If you the
box then the ball you have an outside in swing path.
4. Angle of approach.
The angle of approach can be observed through a trained eye
also. The trajectory of the ball immediately after impact will
give you a clue as to your angle of approach. If you are using a
driver and your ball seems to jet up very high right away, you
need to make a more sweeping motion to correct the sharp axing
motion giving it rise. Increasing the axe motion down the club
range to the sand wedge. The driver is more of a sweeping
motion. The fairway wood is more descending and so on.
5. Square to the clubface, different than the center.
Many astute golfers get the center of the clubface and square to
the clubface confused. You could hit it center but not be
squared to the ball. As the ball is in mid path you will see a
slice or pull. This tells you that the hit was center (see #2)
and swing path was correct but not squared.
Okay, now after several days of measurements. Make some
adjustments and track your progress. Start with number one.
Clubhead speed. Then take more measurements from two through
five. We want to ensure that with the increased clubhead speed
you aren't straying from the other important measurements.
Now you successfully increased your clubhead speed with the
other proper measurements. Go buy the best club you could buy.
About the author:
Renowned golf instructor Art Khano says before you spend money
on that expensive new driver, consider the five important
measurements for distance and straightness. Art Khano improves
golf swings and teaches golf in the Chicago area. 773-569-6226
Search for Speed Stik & SwingMate: Art's Contact Page