So why do some golfers hit the ball further than others?
Stock answer “because they hit the ball harder”.
So what do Sir Issac Newton’s laws of motion suggest?
Both acceleration and speed contribute to the momentum of an object (Club head). Momentum is what is exchanged when things collide with each other (club head and ball).
One extra G of acceleration adds as much momentum as an increase of 2.2mph in club head speed. An increase of either one will yield around 7 yards off the tee.
- finding an extra 4.4 mph of club head speed with your driver should
yield ~14 yards off the tee (if you can swing that much faster than you do now).
- by training to add 5 more Gs of acceleration into the
ball you could be some 35 yards out in front with less risk.
If you are not specifically training to increase your acceleration into the ball, you are missing out on your chance to hit the ball harder.