Golf Swing Speed – Consistency is Key

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Updated: April 1, 2013
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Golf Swing Speed Consistency is the key to playing well and one of hardest parts of the game of golf.

It’s impossible for anyone, including Tiger Woods or any other professional golfer, to swing with the same golf swing speed every time.

What good golfers do is develop a golf swing speed that is consistent even though it may not be exactly the same every time.  This allows them to create a repeatable swing to hit the golf ball well most of the time, and nearly perfect quite often.

It is this consistency that sets professional golfers and low handicap golfers apart from the average golfer. Even the best golfers in the world playing at the top of their game have days when their timing or golf swing speed is off just enough to affect their round.

The only way to develop a consistent golf swing speed is through practice.

One issue that I see with most average golfers is that there is no focus to their practice.  Many amateur golfers will go to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls before a round of golf to warm up.  The problem is they don’t have a vision of what they want to accomplish while practicing.

In order for you to develop a consistent repeatable golf swing, one you can count on when you are out on the golf course, you need to practice with a purpose.

Set specific goals when you are practicing.  The biggest issue that golfers of all levels have is golf swing speed.  If you watch golf on TV, you will notice that even professional golfers will struggle with this under pressure.

You will hear the commentators analyze their swing and they might notice that the shift of weight is off or some other aspect has changed slightly.  This causes errant golf shots and it all boils down to golf swing speed.

If your golf swing speed is off at any point in your swing, your shot will not be what you expected it to be.  Everyone swings the golf club differently and that includes golf swing speed.

When I am struggling, I like to practice with one of my short irons until I am spot on with those shots.  I will work through an entire bucket of balls with nothing but my 7, 8, 9 iron or wedge.

4 free golf tips proper golf swing 150x150 photoThere are a couple of golf courses that I go to where I might only take 2 or 3 clubs and a putter.  This is one of the best ways I have found to improve my consistency.  Unless you are playing from the back tees, you can play most golf courses from the white or blue tees with a 5 iron, 7 iron, a wedge and putter and still score pretty well.  Try it some time.

The point is, have a plan whenever you plan to practice.  If you are going to the driving range, try practicing the entire time with 2 or 3 clubs that are your “go to” clubs when under pressure.  If you are struggling to find that comfort zone, then pick 1 club that feels good in your hands and spend your practice grooving your golf swing speed with that club.

Believe it or not, this practice will translate to better control with the other clubs in your bag.  Master that 1 golf club and then work on the next.

There is a golf club that I have had for a number of years that I carry with me.  I have found that the Medicus is one of the best practice tools I have ever purchased.  With just a few minutes of warm up with my Medicus 5 Iron before a round, I am much more consistent when I tee it up.  I recommend the Medicus to everyone I talk to and suggest that you put one in your bag.  Just remember that you can only carry 14 clubs when on the course.

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  1. Aaliyah, Aaron, Abigail, Alexander, Amanda, Andrew, Anna, Anthony, Ashleigh, Ava, Benjamin, Benny,

    May 27, 2010 at 04:07

    Greetings from Varsaw. I read your blog with a lot of attention. See you soon.

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