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When it comes to hitting the ball farther, a lot of golfers realize that technique is important. In recent years, the larger golfing public is also beginning to recognize the importance of getting custom fit for their driver in order to maximize driving distance and their overall average golf swing speed.

However, there’s another way to get more distance that most people, even tour players, don’t even know about (and how easy it is to do) or realize is possible… swing speed training. Now, I’ll talk about swing speed training and how you can increase your swing speed later on down the page, but to start, let’s simply gets started discussing swing speed in general.

First of all, how important is your average golf swing speed?

It’s very important.

Simply put, the more swing speed you have, the farther you’ll hit the ball.

Take a look at this chart of the average swing speeds for various categories of golfers.

This chart is an average golf swing speed chart showing the different categories of golfers: female amateur, male amateur, LPGA TOUR player, PGA TOUR player, long driver, and the World Long Drive Championship record.

As I’m sure you can imagine, the World Championship Record for club head speed of 157 mph by Mitch Grassing in 2017 would hit the ball much farther than if he had the swing speeds of the PGA TOUR or LPGA TOUR players, who in turn would hit the ball much farther than amateurs with their given swing speeds.

Here’s a little more detail to illustrate the correlation between driving distance and swing speed.
This golf swing speed chart shows the approximate carry distance for each golf club for different driver swing speeds.

But guess what?

Not only does more swing speed help you hit the ball farther, research shows there is a direct correlation between your driving distance (and club head speed) and handicap (and thus scoring).

You can see this in 2017-2019 Arccos data published by MyGolfSpy in 2020 that shows the difference in driving distance by handicap group.

Average Driving Distance By Handicap

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Handicap

2017

2018

2019

0-5 244 245 243
6-10 231 232 230
11-15 221 220 219
16-20 210 210 209
21-25 201 202 201

Trackman® research also shows that there is a direct correlation between your club head speed and your handicap (and thus scoring).

This chart illustrates the direct correlation between average golf swing speed and handicap or scoring
So, basically, although swing technique, ball striking, and equipment fitting are all important to distance and scoring…simply put, if you want to be a longer or better player or both, you must also have more swing speed.


Let’s drill down and take a look at some other club head speed numbers.

How Fast Is An Amateur’s Average Golf Swing Speed?

Regarding male amateurs, since 2005, the United States Golf Association (USGA) reports that the average handicap has been between 14 and 15. Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) shows similar numbers of 15.3 handicap in 2003 and 14.3 handicap in 2012.

For these average male golfers, Trackman® statistics report the average club head speed at this 14-15-handicap level is about 93.4 mph…yielding an average total distance of 214 yards per drive. That makes the average male amateur driving efficiency to be 2.29 yards per mph of club head speed.

We estimate the average amateur women run in the region of 78 mph and 167-yard drives. Some women we’ve seen are in the mid to high 40s.

How Fast Is A Tour Player’s Average Golf Swing Speed?

Since 2007, the PGA TOUR has been tracking golf swing speeds of all of its players, also using Trackman®.

As of the end of the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR season, the tour average runs about 114 mph and they hit about 294 yards/drive, which means their driving efficiency is about 2.58 yards/drive. This is much better than the average 14-15 –handicap golfer who comes in at 2.29 yards/drive. If you think about it, this makes sense because professionals hit the ball more consistently around the sweet spot.

Tom Stickney has done some impact testing for GolfWRX. Here’s what a tour player’s striking pattern looked like after about 10 shots.

tour players striking pattern after 10 shots

Compare that to the impact dispersion after only 5 shots from the 15-handicap golfer he tested.

amateur players striking pattern after 10 shots

As you can see, striking the ball consistently solid will help get you more distance out of your club head speed and improve your driving efficiency. If the average amateur had the same 2.58 yards/mph driving efficiency as the average PGA TOUR player, he would average 240 yards/drive instead of only 214 yards/drive.

That means the average amateur could pick up over 25 yards simply from more consistent strikes.


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2018-2019 PGA TOUR Player Swing Speed Chart – The Slowest Swingers

Anyway, here is a selection of the swing speeds for the 2018-2019 season for some of the slowest PGA TOUR Players. These guys are definitely at a disadvantage on tour speed-wise.

If only they knew it didn’t have to be that way!

Swing Speed Rank & Name

Average Swing Speed

Fastest Speed

#151 Jonathan Byrd 111 mph 114 mph
#155 Kyle Stanley 111 mph 114 mph
#161 Ernie Els 110 mph 113 mph
#162 Webb Simpson 110 mph 115 mph
#1T166 Brandt Snedeker 110 mph 115 mph
#T166 Zach Johnson 110 mph 114 mph
#172 Matt Kuchar 109 mph 113 mph
#173 Ryan Moore 109 mph 117 mph
#181 Jim Furyk 108 mph 112 mph
#188 David Hearn (slowest) 105 mph 110 mph

2018-2019 PGA TOUR Player Swing Speed Chart – The Average Swingers

Next are the guys who are considered to be in the middle of the pack as far as swing speed goes on the PGA TOUR. These guys aren’t hurting for speed, but they could definitely use more.

Swing Speed Rank & Name

Average Swing Speed

Fastest Speed

#45 Justin Thomas 117 mph 122 Mph
#49 Patrick Reed 117 mph 132 mph
#55 Paul Casey 116 mph 121 mph
#57 Patrick Cantlay 116 mph 119 mph
#58 Ryan Palmer 116 mph 122 mph
#T63 Rickie Fowler 116 mph 119 mph
#T63 Harold Varner III 116 mph 122 mph
#65 Charley Hoffman 116 mph 120 mph
#66 Henrik Stenson 116 mph 118 mph
#67 Tommy Fleetwood 116 mph 118 mph
#69 Pat Perez 116 mph 121 mph
#71 Justin Rose 115 mph 118 mph
#T75 Bill Haas 115 mph 121 mph
#93 Kevin Na 114 mph 121 mph
#100 Aaron Baddeley 114 mph 119 mph
#109 Jordan Spieth 114 mph 119 mph
#128 Ian Poulter 112 mph 121 mph
#137 Graeme McDowell 112 mph 117 mph

2018-2019 PGA TOUR Player Swing Speed Chart – The Fast Swingers

Lastly are the guys with the fastest speeds. These guys definitely swing fast by TOUR standards. But as we’ll see in a moment, they are actually still quite slow relative to the competitors in the World Long Drive Championships.

Swing Speed Rank & Name

Average Swing Speed

Fastest Speed

#1 Cameron Champ 128 mph 135 mph
#2 Jhonattan Vegas 125 mph 129 mph
#3 Peter Uihlein 123 mph 129 mph
#7 Gary Woodland 122 mph 129 mph
#8 Brooks Koepka 122 mph 126 mph
#12 Tony Finau 122 mph 128 mph
#T14 Rory McIlroy 122 mph 125 mph
#T14 Bubba Watson 122 mph 125 mph
#17 Sergio Garcia 121 mph 124 mph
#19 Xander Schauffele 120 mph 124 mph
#20 Adam Scott 120 mph 124 mph
#24 Phil Mickelson 120 mph 128 mph
#25 J.B. Holmes 120 mph 127 mph
#T30 Dustin Johnson 119 mph 124 mph
#34 Jon Rahm 119 mph 122 mph
#35 Bryson DeChambeau 118 mph 122 mph
#39 Charles Howell III 118 mph 121 mph
#40 Jason Day 118 mph 122 mph

2008 European Tour Player Swing Speed Chart

At the moment, the European Tour doesn’t post average club head speeds for the tour. However, we did come across a document from a single event in 2008 containing the swing speed of each player in the field. We’re not sure which hole or event these were measured with using Flightscope, but the numbers were interesting.

Here are several notable players.

The event average was 111 mph, which is more or less what we see on the PGA TOUR.

Name

Club Head Speed

Álvaro Quiros 125 mph
Rory McIlroy 118 mph
Martin Kaymer 116 mph
Louis Oosthuizen 116 mph
Lee Westwood 115 mph
Darren Clarke 111 mph
Rafael Jacquelin 108 mph
Colin Montgomerie 107 mph
Thongchai Jaidee 105 mph

What is your average golf swing speed? Where would you rank on the PGA TOUR? And what Swing Speed could you achieve?

With Swing Man Golf’s Swing Speed Training, based on your gender, age, handicap and average driving distance, how far could you be driving it?

Use this tool to find out:

Let’s take a look at some more specific club head speed numbers.

Male Female

How fast are LPGA Tour players?

Trackman® also reports LPGA TOUR players average around 94 mph, which according to the LPGA yields about 248 yards/drive. That’s 2.64 yards/mph of swing speed.

Interestingly, LPGA TOUR players swing about as fast as the average amateur male. However, they are even more efficient drivers of the golf ball than PGA TOUR players. This is because they do not hit down on their drives as much as PGA TOUR players and their launch conditions are more optimal for their individual club head speed. PGA TOUR players basically hit the ball too low and with too much spin to be as optimal as the ladies on the LPGA TOUR.

2018 LPGA Swing Speed Chart

We don’t have any specific numbers for the ladies but based on their driving distances and the 2.64-yards/mph average driving efficiency numbers from Trackman®, here are some estimated swing speed numbers for a few LPGA Tour players.

Name

Average Swing Speed

Sung Hyun Park (Longest) 105 mph
Yani Tseng 105 mph
Lexi Thompson 105 mph
Brittany Lincicome 104 mph
Laura Davies 99 mph
Michelle Wie 99 mph
Cristie Kerr 97 mph
Inbee Park 96 mph
Laura Davies 98 mph
Paula Creamer 95 mph
Stacy Lewis 95 mph
Cheyenne Woods 94 mph
Morgan Pressel 93 mph
Lydia Ko 93 mph
Christina Kim 93 mph
Brittany Lang 92 mph
Sandra Gal 91 mph
Juli Inkster 90 mph
Inbee Park 95 mph
Juli Inkster 94 mph
Belen Mozo (slowest) 89 mph

It’s our belief that LPGA Tour players could actually be competitive on men’s professional tours provided they work on getting faster through a swing speed training like we have here at Swing Man Golf through All-Access.

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The slowest player on the PGA TOUR each year is always close to 104-105 mph. Based on that, for any LPGA Tour player (for example, Michelle Wie) to be competitive in a male event, she would need more speed.

When Annika Sorenstam was invited to play in the PGA TOUR’s Bank of America Colonial tournament, she averaged almost 270 yards/drive that year…which would put her at about 102 mph. She nearly made the cut and even beat some of the men in the field. It would have been interesting to know how well she would have done had she been 10 mph faster…which is certainly doable.

How fast are the swing speeds at the World Long Drive Championships?


At the Professional Long Driver level, Trackman® shows us the following average club head speed numbers for the field at the World Long Drive Championships is about 135 mph.

That means that a typical long driver is over 10 mph faster on average than the PGA TOUR’s fastest swinger. Some people consider guys like Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, etc., long hitters. Indeed, relative to amateurs they are long. However, in comparison to a professional long driver, no player on the PGA TOUR would stand a chance of winning (or even being competitive) at the World Long Drive Championships.

Look at how fast a typical Final-8 long driver can swing.

Swing Speed Chart for the World Long Drive Championships – Final-8 Competitor

Year

Average Swing Speed

Peak Swing Speed

2009 141 mph 150 mph
2010 143 mph 150 mph
2012 141 mph 149 mph
2015 141 mph 151 mph
2016 139 mph 149 mph
2017 145 mph 157 mph

Swing Speed Chart for the Final-8 Competitors World Long Drive Championships

Here are some average speeds of a few individual Final-8 competitors.

Name

Average Swing Speed

Year

Jeremy Easterly 133 mph 2015
Tom Peppard 134 mph 2012
Mitch Dobbyn 134 mph 2016
Jeff Crittenden 136 mph 2015
Jeff Gavin 136 mph 2015
Trent Scruggs 136 mph 2012
Jeff Crittenden 137 mph 2016
Justin Moose 137 mph 2016
Justin Young 138 mph 2012
Domenic Mazza 139 mph 2010
Ryan Steenberg 139 mph 2016
Ryan Cooper 140 mph 2012
Jermie Montgomery 140 mph 2010
Josh Crews 140 mph 2012
Patrick Hopper 140 mph 2010
Paul Howell 140 mph 2017
Tim Burke (2013 & 2015 World Champion) 141 mph 2017
Will Hogue 143 mph 2017
Kevin Shook 143 mph 2010
Jason Eslinger 143 mph 2015
Justin James 143 mph 2016
Landon Gentry 144 mph 2012
Joe Miller (2010 & 2016 World Champion) 145 mph 2016
Wes Patterson 145 mph 2017
Kyle Berkshire (2019 World Champion) 145 mph 2017
Joe Miller (2010 & 2016 World Champion) 145 mph 2016
Jamie Sadlowski (2008-9 World Champion) 146 mph 2012
Ryan Louw 146 mph 2010
Tim Burke (2013 & 2015 World Champion) 146 mph 2015
Nick Kiefer 147 mph 2017
Ryan Winther (2012 World Champion) 147 mph 2012
Mitch Grassing 148 mph 2017
Jamie Sadlowski 148 mph 2015
Justin James (2017 World Champion) 150 mph 2017
Connor Powers 153 mph 2014

Realistically, to win the World Long Drive Championships, you need to be swinging in the mid-140s (the average champion is 146 mph based on 7 champions). This is over 20 mph faster than the fastest PGA TOUR players and over 30 mph faster than an average PGA TOUR player.

A champion long driver would easily drive it 50 yards past a guy like Bubba Watson. In fact, this actually happened in Hawaii a few years ago ahead of the PGA TOUR event when Jamie Sadlowski hit drives at Kapalua in Maui against Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Robert Garrigus.

Occasionally, you’ll see guys get in to the Final-8 at the World Championships that average in the 130s. Typically when that happens, they are better fit for their equipment, they are more mentally strong, they take better advantage of wind conditions, and things like that. As you can see, it’s very difficult to win swinging in the 130s, though.

If memory serves, Carl Wolter won the 2011 World Championships in the high 130s. That year there were very strong tail winds and Carl presumably hit a better wind ball (usually higher and with more spin) than two other champions he beat head-to-head, Jamie Sadlowski and Joe Miller…both of whom have swung 150 mph in competition.

At the Senior (Over 45 years old) level, in 2012 a Senior division Final-8 competitor averaged 131 mph with a peak of 137 mph. Even the “old” guys can bomb it past any PGA TOUR player.

So, as you can see, the more swing speed you have, in general the farther you will drive the ball…and as I’ve shown, more distance also makes it easier to shoot lower scores.

Can you Increase Your Average Golf Swing Speed?

Aside from improving your technique and getting fit for your equipment, despite what many golfers (even pros like Tiger) believe, yes, you can actually train to increase your swing speed…at any age!

Just consider a long drive guy like Bobby Wilson. At the age of 53, he could swing over 12 mph faster than the PGA TOUR’s “long hitting” Bubba Watson.

Also note that just because you are fit does not mean you are fast. Camilo Villegas is arguably more “fit” than John Daly, but John swings about 4 mph faster. Granted, some of this is due to John’s technique, equipment, etc…but the point is that although fitness certainly has its place in golf and life, for distance and application towards becoming a better player…it’s more about being fast than fit.

Swing Man Golf Helps You Increase Your Average Golf Swing Speed!

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We’ve got junior golfers from 12 years old to men on up in to their 80s with handicaps ranging from pro to 30+ who add an average of 12-16 mph (30-40 yards) of driver swing speed in their first month of basic training. Believe it or not, we’ve even had several golfers who were willing to do the work that gained over 30 and 40 mph (that’s not a typo) over the course of a few months.

One of these golfers was 58 years old!

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