Consistent Golf Gazette – 15th January 2012

You may have noticed last week that I sent out an email about a guy who added 44.3 yards to his drives without practice.

Well, after I sent out that email I had a person contact me questioning how I could promote something that promised such huge increase in distance without practice.

In case you had the same question I thought I would explain it some more.

If you swing between 80 – 90 mph (and you will if you hit your drives between 200 – 230 yards on average) and you just go out and beat balls the chances of you suddenly getting up to over 100 mph consistently is very, very remote.

You see, your brain is conditioned to try to keep things the same. That’s why people find it so difficult if they suddenly win a big amount of money (through a lottery win etc.) and why so many people end up at or worse off than where they were before they won the money a few years later.

So if you want to hit the ball further you need to do something different. You just can’t “try” to swing faster.

Often I see people try to swing faster and hit the ball terribly, then they tell themselves to “slow down”.

Telling yourself to slow down when swinging is ridiculous.

The longest hitters on tour swing about 125 mph – 130 mph. Then you get some guy swinging at 85 mph telling himself to slow down!!

What golfers need to do is learn how to swing faster. And learning how to do that has virtually nothing to do with hitting balls and spending hours practicing.

It has everything to do with training your body to swing faster, because the fact is… if you’re swinging at 90 mph your body probably can’t handle swinging at 100 mph… yet!

And until you train your body how to swing faster then you’ll never hit the ball further like you want to.

It’s a scientific fact that for every 1 mph of swing speed you gain you’ll get about 2 – 2.5 yards of extra distance.

So increasing your swing speed is the quickest way to hit the ball further. That’s what this product I recommended a few days ago is going to help you to do.

Anyway, rant over for today. Let’s get into some helpful information….

How To Train Yourself To Swing Faster

On the one hand it takes a very long time to play a game of golf, i.e. 4 – 5 hours. But on the other hand a golf swing takes about a second to complete.

So if you want to hit the ball further how should you attempt to do it?

Well, each golf swing is a very fast movement and takes very little time, so….let’s take a look at other quick movement sports and see how they train. For this example we’ll look at running.

At the extremes of running you have the super quick guys that do the 100 meter sprints. Then you have the marathon runners.

Do you think a sprinter is going to train in the same way as a marathon runner?

Of course they’re not!

A sprinter is going to train to be explosive. A marathon runner is going to train for endurance.

Seen as how the golf swing is an explosive movement you should train explosively to swing faster. And here’s a classic example with sprinters that you can use to swing faster.

Sprinters use something called over speed and under speed training.

Over speed training is when you do something at a higher speed than you normally would.

A sprinter for example will run down a steep hill so they run much faster than normal. You can do something similar by swinging an object that is lighter than your driver.

You should keep this over speed device between 10 – 20% lighter than your normal driver. And you need to swing this as fast as possible.

What this is doing is letting your mind experience a movement faster than what you would normally do.

But when you’re doing this type of training you should use something to measure your swing speed so you can tell if you’re actually swinging faster or not when you’re over speed training, because it’s very easy to get complacent when doing over speed training to swing the same speed as you normally would. Obviously that defeats the purpose.

Here is the swing speed measuring device I recommend you use to measure your swing speed with.

So to help you swing faster you should use over speed training. Then you should also use under speed training. This is where you actually make the movement harder by using some resistance. An example of this with sprinters is they run with a small parachute so that they are slowed down when they are running.

In golf you can do the same thing by using a heavier golf club than you normally would. The weight of this should be between 10 – 20% heavier than your normal driver.

So to help you to swing faster you should have an over speed device and an under speed device that are 10 – 20% lighter and heavier than your driver.

You need to then swing these devices alternatively and mix it up. Don’t get into a routine….you need to mix it up so your mind doesn’t get used to anything.

Also when you do this you shouldn’t hit balls.

You just need to swing like you normally would BUT swing as fast as you can.

This is just one way to train yourself to swing faster, there’s many more things you can do that are found in this program. So you can’t just do this one exercise and expect to get the maximum swing speed results you can. You need to train your body to handle more speed because your body can only handle so much, otherwise it will break.

And your mind has safety mechanisms in place to only let you swing so fast. It knows your limits and it will only allow you to swing to a certain speed.

So I repeat…you need to train your body to handle more speed. That includes doing flexibility, strength, power and speed exercises. When you get that mix right – watch out! Your playing partners won’t know what the heck happened the next time you play golf.

Question

I am all out of sync when I swing. My arms are disconnected from my body and it’s making me hit some very inconsistent and bad golf shots. What can I do to solve this problem?

Answer

When your arms and body are out of sync it can cause some bad timing problems in your golf swing. But there’s a very simple drill you can do to help you solve this problem.

To do this drill you need a towel, and quite a big one like a bath towel. Then setup to a shot as normal (to start with don’t hit golf balls though) but place the towel under your armpits so it’s held securely in place.

Once you’ve done this then swing the club back and through. Naturally you’ll only be able to do half to three quarter swings with the towel in place. That’s fine though because this drill is getting your arms and body to work as a team so you don’t need to swing fully to get this feeling.

When you’re doing this drill you’ll quickly get feedback if your arms are disconnecting from your body because the towel will drop.

So simply keep swinging back and through keeping the towel in place. Once you have that feeling then you can do the same thing while hitting golf balls.

When you have the new “connected” feeling down then alternate between hitting shots with the towel in place and hitting shots normally without the towel. When you’re hitting balls without the towel in place try to keep the same feeling that you had when you were swinging with the towel.

This is a great way to get your arms and body in sync and you’ll notice a lot more consistency in your ball striking as a result.

That was an answer to a golfing question I have received from one of my students in the online Consistent Golf School. And if you want me to give you a solution to a golfing problem you’re having simply go here, signup and I’ll do that for free, anytime as part of being a student of the online Consistent Golf School.

OK, that wraps up this issue. I hope you enjoyed it. The next issue will be next Sunday. Until then, have a great week.

For Consistent Golf,

Jeff Richmond
Director Of Instruction
The Consistent Golf School
http://www.TheConsistentGolfSchool.com

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