Swing Speed Training Fundamentals

Why increase club head speed?

There is a very simple reason: club head speed is, so to speak, the “performance potential” for distance. And distance with the driver is elementarily important when it comes to strokes gained.

Many people have the misconception that, firstly, a high club head speed is no longer controllable for players. And secondly, that nothing is gained through more distance, but only through “precision”.

In the meantime, there are enough scientific studies to prove this. For one thing, a “softer” swing does not mean more precision at the same time – usually the opposite. On the other hand, there are data sets from the last decades on the tour. These clearly show that longer distances from the tee correlate with fewer strokes overall. This is also easy to explain: If a player hits his drive 20m longer, he automatically has 2 irons less into the green and can address it more easily. With par 5s, this is sometimes the case with the second shot. It plays a subordinate role whether the ball lies in the semi-rough or on the fairway. If you have the choice between a super fairway lie with a 5 iron into the green and a semi-rough lie with a 7 iron, you will probably go for the 7 iron. In addition, with more length you don’t automatically miss fairways, which means you often enough have a great fairway lie with a 7 iron instead of a 5 iron. And that’s the big advantage and the reason why the top players on the tour are all long hitters. Players with below average club head speeds are practically non-existent. This is the simple reason why it pays to work on your club head speed.

How important is club head speed for distance?

Club head speed is your potential, but it does not guarantee long drives. There are several other factors that determine distance and the most important ones are:

  • Angle of Attack and Spin Loft
  • Clean hits
  • Optimal launch conditions
  • The right equipment

The Angle of Attack indicates the angle at which the ball is hit. For a long drive, you have to hit the ball in the upward motion. However, it is important to reduce the so-called spin loft. In short, you want to hit the ball with as little dynamic loft as possible in maximum upward motion. In this way, you automatically reduce the spin and achieve more distance.

A clean strike pattern is of course also crucial to convert club head speed into ball speed. With today’s driver models, however, it is of secondary importance because modern heads allow a very loose strike pattern without losing much ball speed. This was completely different a few years ago and there was a big difference between a sweet spot hit and hits outside. If you compare modern drivers with old models for pure sweet spot hits, the differences are not that big. However, if you also consider hits outside the sweet spot, there are big differences in the ball speeds.

Optimal launch conditions are given when the ball starts at an angle that maximises distance. The roll, for example, must also be taken into account and not just the carry length. However, good launch conditions also depend on the spin. Ideal launch conditions are e.g. 12-13° with a spin of 2000-2200 rpm. This is usually a good window for maximum length.

Let’s come to the last point, the equipment. What counts here is the combination of club head and shaft and here, of course, there are also big differences. These combinations are so individual that you cannot avoid a professional driver fitting. You need a shaft that you can accelerate well with a profile that suits your swing. The club head, on the other hand, must have the correct loft and centre of gravity to support your typical misses. It must also be able to achieve ideal spin metrics. There are big differences between manufacturers here. It is important that the shaft and head play together here and must not be considered separately. The swing weight is also extremely important when it comes to maximum power transmission.

How do you increase your club head speed?

Basically, there are four components that determine club head speed:

  • How well can I transfer power from the ground “up”?
  • How fast can I move certain muscles?
  • How much club path can I generate (flexibility)?
  • How well are the movement sequences coordinated?

All four are crucial and these factors should not be considered in isolation from each other. There are players whose movements are very well coordinated. These players can accelerate the club well without being strong or having special quickness.

But there are also players who are very strong and can generate a lot of energy from their legs. However, the coordination of their movements is not optimal and they do not use this energy efficiently.

Why train with Swing Speed Sticks?

Swing Speed Sticks are used to train coordination on the one hand and speed on the other. This means that you learn to coordinate your movements better and to move certain muscle groups faster. In combination with the right strength training, such as deadlifts and squats (at maximum strength), amazing results can be achieved – in a relatively short time. Increases of 10-15mph club head speed are quite possible in 6-8 weeks for some players. This translates into a good 20-30m more length which is the key advantage for many players.

What does Swing Speed Training involve?

Thanks to the app, training with the Stacks System is 100% individual and tailored to the player. This possibility is missing with all other Swing Speed Sticks. Via the app, it is possible to track progress and implement the training programme in exactly the same way. It is also possible to select different programmes based on the goals of the individual player. A typical training programme, for example, involves swinging with a light weight, then with a heavy weight and finally with the right club. The app tells you exactly with which weights you should do how many repetitions, how long the rest should be, etc. With the help of very simple radar systems, the Stacks system can also determine the club head speed very precisely and thus track progress.