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.