How to Increase Your Swing Speed in Golf

Golf Set Up Driver Shot

Everyone likes to swing out of their shoes from time to time, it’s human nature. But swinging as hard as you can isn’t the path to increasing clubhead speed. How to increase golf swing speed has more to do with connection, tempo and timing than anything else. The trick is - you aren’t trying to speed up your entire swing, just the part that matters - impact.

There are a number of common mistakes that may be preventing you from seeing an increase in your golf swing speed, and not all of them are obvious. Grip has a lot to do with club head speed, as does body position, and swing form. This article will cover all of these to teach you how to increase your swing speed.

Grip & Club Head Speed

A correct grip is essential to properly releasing the club through impact to produce speed. Fail to release, and you’ve failed to increase club head speed at the most vital point in the process. The natural place to start is with the top hand. You want to grip the club not in the palm of your top hand, but where your fingers and palm meet. This will provide the proper amount of grip pressure and control while allowing you to release the club, producing maximum golf swing speed without your hands inhibiting the proper motion.

Golf Grip

Having the club sit properly in your top hand gives you a lot more control over the head of the club. A good grip will allow you to release the club freely and squarely at impact to really squeeze as much clubhead speed out of your swing as possible.

Body Position and Swing Speed

Golf Driver Set Up

A good set-up position and address is vital to learning how to increase club head speed. When setting up to hit your driver there are a few things you can do to ensure the right attack angle, which will prime you for maximizing your club head speed. The first is to get your chest behind the ball. The ball position for a driver will be forward in your stance. This creates space to give you more time to build up golf swing speed throughout your swing. The first step will help the second, which is to tilt your spine to angle your shoulders slightly upward at address. The spine tilt will help you to hit up on the ball at impact, deliver the club with the proper loft at impact and keep the club's attack angle from getting too steep which causes excess spin. This body position also provides a more secure foundation for your backswing, which will allow you to turn your shoulders under your chin to coil deep against the brace of your trail leg without swaying. Remember to turn both your shoulders and hips to create maximum rotation at the top of your swing for the highest possible club head speed at impact.  Do your best not to let your head move with your hips during the backswing, this will shift your weight too far back and outside of your trail foot.

Swing Form and Speed

The best way to increase golf swing speed is to maintain good form throughout, starting with a good set-up and progressing through to proper body rotation at the top, and a well connected transition and downswing.  But how can you work on all aspects of your swing in one easy way?

Swing Align and Swing Speed

The first step to any good golf swing, setting up properly at address, is one of particular importance when working on how to increase golf swing speed. Setting-up square to your intended target line with the proper amount of tilt in your shoulders is the bread and butter of the Swing Align device. Swing Align will help you see if you’re in that great body position we talked about above that will maximize your golf swing speed. When using Swing Align you can easily stop at the top of your swing and check the position of the alignment rod. If the rod is perpendicular to your target line you have rotated properly. If the alignment rod is level or angled slightly down towards the ground at the top you have stayed on the proper swing plane.

When making a full swing with Swing Align your arms and body will stay connected teaching you to use your big muscles to create club head speed at impact!  For more instruction on alignment, rotation and connection see the Swing Align Instruction Blog.

Common Swing Speed Questions

The question of how to increase club head speed will inevitably lead you to a number of related questions. The more answers you can find on the topic, the better prepared you will be to face the realities of increasing golf swing speed. We’ll attempt to debunk some of the more common questions here, and save you from the google search rabbit hole.

Does swinging a weighted golf club help swing speed?

Generally it is not advisable to swing weighted golf clubs. They tend to mess with feel and timing, which are generally more important for golf swing speed than muscle. More than that, your body will utilize different muscles to compensate for the weight of the club, which means you won't be working the muscles that matter. Remember, it’s not about strength it is about timing and speed.

Does golf shaft flex affect swing speed?

Shaft flex can affect your golf swing speed and influence your timing which is just as important. It is a good practice to base your choice of shaft flex on your swing speed and tempo.  In general, the faster your swing speed, or the quicker your tempo, the stiffer you want your shafts.  Remember, it is not always how fast you swing the club, it is how you swing it fast.  A well-timed swing with the proper shaft flex that matches how hard and fast you swing will always produce a better result.

What is the average golf head speed?

The average clubhead speed for many male, amateur golfers is between 80-90 mph. Leading LPGA players come in around 90-100 mph. Tour pros tend to have average golf swing speeds in the 110-115 mph range or even higher, and long drive competitors are all the way up in the 140s.  However, an equally important number is your ball speed. If you have the chance to hit your driver on a launch monitor, ask about your ball speed.  You want it to be as close to 1.5 times your swing speed as possible. This shows how effectively you have used your club speed. Ball speed can quickly show you if you are not getting as much as you can out of your swing.

What is Tiger Woods’ swing speed?

Tiger Woods’ average golf swing speed clocks in just over 120 mph, and tops out around 130 mph. This is near the upper end of club head speeds you see on the tour, but the range isn’t a wide one. The slowest swingers on tour all still swing above 110 mph.

Improve Your Speed With Swing Align

Swing Align helps you increase your club speed by improving your set-up position and keeping your swing synchronized and connected from takeaway through the finish.  Staying synchronized, or “connected” through the swing is one of the great benefits of the device and something players of all skill levels can benefit from.  Swing Align is particularly effective at helping you release the club freely and squarely without trying to steer the club through impact or coming through with the dreaded chicken-wing finish.  Steering and guiding the club through impact always reduce your speed, so get a Swing Align and start hitting it more solidly in no time!