Training Clubhead Speed For Long Drives

Law of specificity in fitness refers to a common sense approach that is not so common.  In any activity, to improve, we need to practice that activity.

In golf, Clubhead Speed is what impacts the driving distance.  Long-drive champions know that the faster their clubhead moves during the swing, the further the ball goes.

How do you improve the clubhead speed?

The obvious answer is to practice the motions that lead to speed with the golf club.

Not so obvious is practicing the same moves using heavier loads that create resistance. This type of resistance training is not to increase bulk but to increase power.

Your power is your ability to create force quickly.  Resistance training can help you increase your power assuming that you don’t forget the law of specificity and train, in the same way, that you swing.

In case of the golf swing, you need to practice rotational power in an open kinetic chain.  A medicine ball or a single light dumbbell would work.

In resistance training, you do need progression from light and safe to heavier and effective weights. This means you need to have a few single dumbbells. You don’t need sets, and you don’t have to go crazy buying Bowflex selecttech 552 adjustable dumbbells.

Hold the medicine ball or a dumbbell in hand in front of you the same way you would hold your club with the obvious exception of the grip.

Begin a rocking motion with energy running from your feet, through your hip and core to your shoulders and arm.

Don’t just swing your arms.

This pendulum motion helps you get power from your feet, through your hip complex to your hand without over engaging your shoulders.

Without a stable core, you would swing from the shoulder that reduces your power and cause shoulder injury that moves to your elbow.

Backswing to three-quarter of your swing in the same way you move the club with the An example of this is a medicine ball

Once you get the rhythm without losing the triangle of your shoulders, arms, and hands increase the range to three-quarters golf swing.

Over time increase your speed and progress to slightly higher resistance and enjoy the faster clubhead speed and longer drives fairly quickly.

A Learning Guide for Golf Beginners

Searching for lessons often misses one step, and that is “how to search.”  Golf tips for beginners should include a guide to what to look for.

As a beginner, you are looking for a basic and fundamentally strong approach. An instructor who spits out instruction fast and in response to what you do could easily overload you and create frustration.  You do need to learn to keep your left arm (for a right handed golfer) straight, you do need to keep your head down and avoid looking up during your swing and you also need to swing and not chop.

None of them have any meaning to a beginner, and the relative importance and sequence of events is completely lost.

A great question a beginner can ask is about the sequence of events. What must be learned first and what could be left for last. An experienced instructor could make a modification to match the individual needs. However, the reasoning behind that modification should be clear to both.

Great coaches in anything have a simple approach the build strong fundamentals and has a step by step logical progression the provides a beginner a clear path to mastery.  They could also recognize when a detour is needed to shore up a weakness.

The fundamentals include foot position, hip position, back swing and forward swing and the grip.  One instructor may begin with the grip and go to foot position, and anther may begin with foot position and go to the grip.

The goal of these instructions is to complete the first phase that is to have an understanding of the causes that results in a simple, accurate swing.

Clear understanding of cause and effect relationship helps the beginner golfer to recognize the value of each step and the priority. He or she can then connect which imbalance in which area is causing an alteration from the simple and effective swing.

Random instructions and tips do not establish clear mental connection that exists in motions of the body and the beautiful and accurate flight of the golf ball.

Three Golf Equipments Beginners Forget

Over time, with training and persistence, every beginner in any sports could turn out to be a professional.

Lessons and tips could reduce your learning curve.  Beginners in the game of golf also go through a learning curve starting with obvious pieces like a golf club.

Here are three golf equipment you may need that not so apparent in the beginning.

Golf Ball Cleaning Kit

A golf course is not as pristine as a golf course seen on TV. Gold course is pretty messy.  Your golf ball could end up in all sorts of terrain and pick up all kinds of dirt that stick to it like glue.

As you learn, you would notice how the slightest change in your attitude, your body position, and your equipment impacts your score. You’ll begin to notice little things that make a big difference. Little things like dirt attached to your golf ball that changes the physics of its.

A beginner also finds quickly how expensive even used golf ball equipment could be. Saving money is part of the game.  A golf ball cleaning kit is much less expensive than buying new set of golf balls.

Golf Umbrella

Professional golfers could be as protective of their golf clubs as any parent could be of their children.  You may have noticed those velvety golf club head covers.

Some say, why bother? You can always wear rain proof jackets, pants, etc. Golf umbrella is as much protection for your equipment as it is for you.

Golf Ball Marker

Keeping track of your score is a way to check your score, compare your skill against others and improve. That is obvious.

Play a few rounds with others and you may find out that keeping track of your golf ball may not be so easy especially when the balls land close to each other.

Ball markers help you recognize your ball and keep better scores. Just make sure that your golf markers are not the same as your golf buddies.

In the next article we go over golf exercise equipment you may never have thought about. Equipments like adjustable dumbbells, Bosu balls and balance trainers.

A Guide To Buying Golf Equipment Online

What separates you from the rest of the other 60 million golfers around the world who are looking to buy their golf equipment online?
With so thousands of physical golf stores, internet shopping malls and auction sites selling anything from golf clubs to shoes and training DVD’s, Golf is probably the most serviced supplied sports in the world.

Abundance of supplies does not mean smart buying.