Swing help?

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By Devon M

  • 11 Replies
  1. Recently I have been trying to work on my swing speed and tempo. I am 19, and trying to grow in the game, and pick up some extra distance that I know I am capable of. I notice that when I slow my transition and swing at what feels like a really slow speed, the ball just flies, and is pretty accurate.

    My question is, how do I slowly increase to a "pro-level" swing speed, and get the kind of numbers that college players, and tour players are reaching? I am capable of swinging as fast as them, but when I try too, it feels off, and things go wrong!

  2. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    Your key word - slowly. Let's say your good tempo is 80% of swinging out of your shoes. Try going to 85% for a while until that is your new 80%. Also look at the TPI website and look for core exercises and speed drills. At some point, you will need a professional to work with you on staying consistent on faster swings.
  3. Don thanks for the recommendations, I have played with speeding up my tempo so I can still maintain control. I will be sure to look into some exercises to help as well.

    I do have a pro that helps me with my fundamentals, and I am looking into a second set of eyes to maybe help me with a few things. I would love to get on a trackman at my local course and run through the bag and get a feel for some numbers.

    Thanks for the advice!
  4. No'l

    Palmdale, CA


    I love the enthusiasm in you as a young person towards golf. You are at a great age to excel in golf.

    Are you working with anyone right now with your swing?

    The reason I ask is because I'd like to know or more importantly, I'd like you to ask yourself if you really have a solid foundation in understanding your swing. Another reason I ask is because I feel that it is very important for someone with physical ability like yours to be able and exert all energy and power towards a proper swing and its learning.

    If the answer is "no", tips here and there isn't what you'll need. If a professional help isn't available to you, there are plenty of books with different styles.

    If styles aren't formed in you or not sure what style to adapt, an inspirational tour pro might persuade you who to follow. See and find out how your pro in tour got there, investigate a little on their path.

    All I'm saying is that most of the success storied pro or amateur golfer had someone behind them. Someone who taught and/or guided them through studying/learning practicing their proper and sound fundamentals. You could have a list of ten tips to work on from a magazine or in between holes with your playing partners and it may work for a while or so, but it isn't going to be a solid learning foundation that you could build upon and rely for a game to carry you to the next level. There is a real science behind golf- many of it, if not all, comes from a professional whom have studied and mastered his/her trade and/or craft- a PGA or an LPGA are most certified for the job if you ask me. I would trust them.

    Wishing you the best.

  5. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    I am not a pro so I will not give you bad advice, but the answer is easy. GSATP. I hate acronyms also. Go see a teaching pro. They will put you on a trackman and get it right. Best of luck.
  6. Joe D

    Joe D
    Minooka, IL

    I agree go see a pga.instructor.some one who can give you a solid foundation, on which you can build on.
    Nice to have extra distance but if your shot dispersion is all over the place distance means very little.
    Swing speed is a accumulation of proper form and function, without a squared club face,all the speed in the word won't help.
    Basically work with someone to help you achieve proper mechanics, if individual lessons are out try to get in some group lessons.
    If had to learn to play golf again,I start on the green and work my way back to the tee box.
    Good Luck.
  7. Michael M

    Michael M
    London, OH

    T.P.I. is your answer. The Titleist Performance Institute trains in five fields: golf, medical, fitness, power and junior development. If possible find a golf academy with a good swing coach and a T.P.I. fitness/power professional. College and Tour players work with a team of experts and if you aspire to achieve that level of performance you should too.
  8. Dwayne N

    Dwayne N
    Island, KY

    Great advise Chuck, as usual you are spot on. Devon listen to those old gray hairs they are giving you the best advice ever given a young golfer. Changed my grandsons game 10 fold in one year. Beats my old bones most days now. Never been so happy in loosing though.
  9. david s

    david s
    South Wales

    I bought a Garmin TruSwing, a simple device that fits on the shaft of your club, cost me just over £100, and you pair it with your mobile phone.
    It gives me good feedback on tempo, swing speed and lots more, you might find this useful for the feedback you're looking for.
    Other similar devices are available
  10. Fred C

    Fred C
    Mansfield, TX

    Devon, I was taught by a storied man that knew the golf swing. His comment about acquiring more distance was to say we're trying to make the club move faster and, to do that, you don't necessarily have to swing harder. The hips (core) must move faster to allow you to make the club to swing faster through impact. Above all, you MUST stay balanced or you will not strike the ball solidly and will lose distance and accuracy. His quote to me was, "In effect, if you want to hit the ball further, swing better, not harder." His name was Ben Hogan.
  11. Iain.H

    Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire

    As Chuck says a good teaching pro and trackman will see you increase swing speed but still retain overall stability throughout your swing good luck
  12. Edward K

    Edward K
    Wesley Chapel, FL

    The key is to maintain your tempo during the transition starting the downswing. Once you're moving to impact, that is where you can gradually look for club head speed. I know for me, being smooth at the transition allows me to fire hard at the bottom. Don't look for huge gains all at once. You want to gradually increase while always being in control of the club face......

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