So why do some golfers hit the ball further than others?
Stock answer is “because they hit the ball harder”.
Just exactly how you can hit the ball harder is a bit technical, but it is well worth finding out.
If you want the full ‘Hit the ball harder” story, including the mathematics, please read our blog Acceleration counts. It reveals how Sir Issac Newtons laws of motion govern the collision between club head and the ball.
What do 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).
- The force (momentum) exerted by the club head due to its acceleration is passed to the ball first, that is before the club head begins to slow.
- The collision ends when the ball is travelling faster than the club head.
- Generating one extra G of acceleration will add the same amount of momentum as an increase of 2.2mph in club head speed.
- An incremental increase of either acceleration or speed will yield around 7 yards off the tee (for your driver).
- Backing off your club head speed at impact will allow you to accelerate more strongly into the ball and deliver more distance and consistency..
So what is the take away message:
Finding an extra 6.6 mph of club head speed with your driver could yield ~21 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 and more consistency.
If you are not specifically training to increase your acceleration into the ball, you are missing out on the chance to hit the ball harder.