Velocity Training

From Dr. Greg Rose On December 01, 2021
If you're looking for more distance off the tee, you need to know how to train properly. Hitting hundreds of balls with the driver is not the answer. You may get a good workout, but you risk injury and... it's unlikely that you'll realize any gains in clubhead speed, which is the key to hitting the golf ball farther.

A better solution is to control the volume of your all-out swings. As Titleist staff member and TPI co-founder Dr. Greg Rose explains in this video, a better approach for golf power training is to ramp up, building speed gradually like the warm-up throws used by a relief pitcher in baseball. It's best if you can access a launch monitor to measure your clubhead speed with each swing. Track how many swings it takes you to reach your personal peak velocity. Once you reach that top speed, continue to hit shots until you can no longer sustain that velocity consistently. At this point, your body is effectively spent. Put the driver back in the bag and work on other shots with other clubs.

Once your body has a chance to recover (in your next practice session or later that same session) ramp your speed up again with your driver and try to surpass your previous best. The quality of the shots you hit swinging at full force is less important than seeing that top clubhead velocity rise from session to session.

Incorporate this regimen along with some strength and flexibility training and you'll start seeing some significant gains in your driving distance. And remember Greg's advice – When you're practicing for power, don't swing for hours!
If you're looking for more distance off the tee, you need to know how to train ... properly. Hitting hundreds of balls with the driver is not the answer. You may get a good workout, but you risk injury and it's unlikely that you'll realize any gains in clubhead speed, which is the key to hitting the golf ball farther.

A better solution is to control the volume of your all-out swings. As Titleist staff member and TPI co-founder Dr. Greg Rose explains in this video, a better approach for golf power training is to ramp up, building speed gradually like the warm-up throws used by a relief pitcher in baseball. It's best if you can access a launch monitor to measure your clubhead speed with each swing. Track how many swings it takes you to reach your personal peak velocity. Once you reach that top speed, continue to hit shots until you can no longer sustain that velocity consistently. At this point, your body is effectively spent. Put the driver back in the bag and work on other shots with other clubs.

Once your body has a chance to recover (in your next practice session or later that same session) ramp your speed up again with your driver and try to surpass your previous best. The quality of the shots you hit swinging at full force is less important than seeing that top clubhead velocity rise from session to session.

Incorporate this regimen along with some strength and flexibility training and you'll start seeing some significant gains in your driving distance. And remember Greg's advice – When you're practicing for power, don't swing for hours!
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