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By Paul Myers

Many gains in your golf game come slowly, over time. Most need to put in many hours of practice time to see significant improvements, and it can take years to drop several strokes off of your handicap. One of the things golfers enjoy about the game is constantly striving to improve and shoot lower scores – and that is a pursuit that can literally last a lifetime.

Of course, we as golfers aren’t always patient enough to wait for those improvements to come along. If you would like to see some quick developments in your game, you can try the three methods below to increase your swing speed. While adding some miles per hour to your swing speed won’t necessarily make you shoot lower scores, it can help you get a little closer to reaching your scoring goals. Also, who doesn’t love hitting a tee shot further down the fairway?

#1 – Relax Your Grip Pressure

Tight grip pressure can be an instant killer of swing speed, so try working on relaxing how much you squeeze the club during the swing. It may take some practice to get comfortable swinging with less tension in your hands, so this is something you definitely need to work on during a practice session before taking out onto the course. Start with small, short swings with a wedge to get the feel of using a lighter grip pressure before moving on to hitting your long clubs. Essentially, you want to hold on to the club as tight as needed to maintain control, and no tighter. Starting with short shots can help you to find this balance.

#2 – Widen Your Stance

Swing speed can’t be maximized if you are off balance during your backswing or downswing, so consider making your stance another inch or two wider to stabilize your base. You might feel like your legs are engaged at address and ready to support the turning of your upper body. Be careful, however, because a stance that is too wide can actually hinder movement and hurt swing speed. Try placing your feet about shoulder width apart (with a driver) and see how that feels. You can make minor adjustments from there until you are comfortable and feel that your stance is keeping you on balance and supporting an aggressive swing through the ball.

#3 – Adjust Back Foot Position

When you take your stance, try turning your back foot (right foot for RH golfer) out and away from the target. Instead of having your toes pointed straight ahead of you, they will be turned open a few degrees to the right (again, for a RH golfer). This stance will help make it a little easier to turn back away from the ball, and could add some length to your backswing. As long as you are able to stay on balance and make quality contact with the ball, the added length in your backswing will hopefully translate into more speed at the bottom of the swing. If you find that this position is comfortable for you during the driving swing, try putting it to use with all of your clubs.

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by Jaacob Bowden

Today I started up my swing speed training for the 2008 long drive season.

Even though I haven’t trained since the season ended last October and I also lost about 10 lbs from being sick in March, my speeds are actually pretty similar to the starting point from last season.

Here are a few numbers:

2006 Starting Point – 118 mph (48″ driver)
2006 Peak Speed after Training – 144 mph (48″ driver)

2007 Starting Point – low 130’s (48″ driver)
2007 Peak Speed after Training – 155 mph (48″ driver)

2008 Starting Point – 127 mph (44″ driver)

Since my body isn’t used to the training, I’m actually starting out with something really similar to the Basic Program. After a couple weeks of this I will add some of the additional things in from my previous 2006 and 2007 advanced training programs.

Starting up my training again has reminded me of a couple things that I want to pass on to you. While pushing my speed in this first day today, my shots were a bit errant and I was borderline out of balance while swinging. When you are doing your training, really focus on staying in balance and keeping your good swing fundamentals (you don’t want to build unusable speed).  Also, expect that during the first bit of training you may not hit quite as well as normal.  But trust me, based on my previous training experience, as you continue your training your muscular system, neuromuscular system, etc will all adjust to the new speeds.  Your body will learn the balance and coordination necessary for swinging at faster speeds…and in fact, after a few weeks you will likely be swinging better than before you started because of the attention and focus you have put on to ramping up your swing.

So be patient, hang in there, and remember to focus on making good tension-free training swings!

I am, of course, tracking my training again this year.  As the season progresses, I will post a new summary section on the inside of the website to detail and summarize everything  This will be a good complement to the sections about the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

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by Swing Man Golf Staff

Today we wanted to share a success story from one of the Swing Man subscribers.

Last December, Steve C signed up to the Swing Man Golf website with typical driver swing speeds in the 95-100 mph range.  After doing the swing speed training, Steve has now reached a top speed of 139 mph and has won two Local Qualifiers in the Super Senior Division for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships!!!

Swing speed training works!

Congratulations, Steve!!!

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