By Jaacob Bowden

In the Beginning

When I was in my 20s I was a 14-handicapper, I would hit wedges about 100 yards, and I was pleased to hit drives at the driving range past the 225-yard marker.  By all means, I was just a very average golfer.

When I decided to pursue a golf career at age 27, I was taken under the wing of Dan Shauger and Dan’s friend Mike Austin, the man who at age 64 hit a Guinness World Record 515-yard drive in the 1974 US National Senior Open.

Through my work with Dan, my technique improved greatly and I started striking the ball closer to the middle of the face much more regularly. I was custom fit in to a set of golf clubs that further optimized my driving distance. Between these two things and the additional practice, I started hitting the ball very long. In fact, I started to get so long that I won the 2003 Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a 381-yard televised drive besting a field of over 120 golfers and beating out future RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Dan Boever in the finals. I also advanced to the District Finals of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship qualifying.

With my technique in a good place and my driver optimized for distance, I wanted to know how I could hit the ball even further. I searched the Internet for how to increase my club head speed, but anything I found revolved around having good technique. I also poured through information on golf fitness, but just because you are fit doesn’t mean you will be fast. There wasn’t…

Read the rest of what Jaacob has to say about Swing Speed Training in the March 2014 Monthly Handicap Improver here:

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How to increase golf swing Speed Golf Swing Speed Pro Pablo Martin

"Jaacob's work is great. It's pretty straight forward. There are no magical tricks and it doesn't mess with your golf swing. If you follow his advices, you will drive it further."

Pablo Martin, 3-Time European Tour Winner, Increased Max Swing Speed from 119 mph to 128 mph


Swing Man Golf Premier Member Gary S

"Working with Jaacob's swing speed training programs I increased my speed by 12 miles per hour in one month. The game is a lot more fun with the driving distances I'm hitting them. Now I'm reaching greens in two more often. Swing speed training really works."

Gary S, Premier Member


Premier Member increased Golf Swing Speed to 130 Mph

"When I first started the swing speed training I was very skeptical it would do anything for me because I was already swinging at speeds close to 130 mph. But I wanted to get to the next level and be able to compete in Long Drive Events. So I gave it a try. I gained 13 mph in just one month of the basic swing speed training."

24 Years Old, Premier Member