Here at OnsongSwing we firmly believe that those “blinder shots” come about for a surprising reason.
It is because we accidentally accelerate the club head through the ball much more strongly than generally happens with our swing.
While this suggestion might sound a bit strange, it is in fact supported by Sir Issac Newtons Laws of Motion when applied to a golf shot:
- 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 acceleration is passed to the ball first, 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 as much 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).
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 (can you swing that much faster). By training to add 5 more Gs of acceleration into the ball you could be some 35 yards out in front. And all with less risk and more consistency. Read more.
By not specifically training to increase acceleration into the ball, you are missing out on the chance to hit the ball harder and further.