The Science and Efficacy of Nondominant-Side Swings for Club Head Velocity
Jul 08, 2021
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"Within the last few years, golf club head and ball speed have gained large amounts of attention. Recently, Bryson Dechambeau attempted to drive a par 5 at the Bay Hill Invitational, achieving 194 mph ball speed; meanwhile, many other tour pros are pushing the envelope on driving distance.
Evidence suggests that distance is not only about viral social media videos, but also related to performance. Golfweek published data in 2018 and reported that for the 18 players who had a scoring average of less than 70, average driving distance was 302.57 yards—those with a scoring average above 70, however, averaged around 290 yards off the tee.1
Clearly distance is an advantage at the highest levels. But what about the amateur game? In their 2020 distance report, with over 26 million shots, Arccos notes that “data suggests there’s a strong correlation between distance and handicap. Better players hit it farther across all age brackets. The best players are typically around 60 yards longer than the highest handicap group, and while the rates of decline are similar, better players are most typically longer players.” 2
In the world of competitive golf, physical training is now a must for success. Many top players in the world are traveling with teams of experts to help them optimize their training, swing mechanics, and other aspects to perform at the highest level. A large part of this is training for greater driving distance."