Tracing the Origins of Lost Golf Swing Speed | Swing Man Golf

By Paul Myers

A frustrating thing a golfer can go through is the sudden loss of distance – with no apparent explanation. You might feel the same as you always have, you think you are swinging the same way, and yet the proof is right there in front of you in the fairway. You are no longer hitting the ball as you did just a few years – or months – ago. What happened?

While this can be a frustrating experience, keep it in perspective and look at the problem from a logical standpoint. Where could your distance have gone? What could have changed that led to the loss of golf swing speed, and in turn, the loss of distance off your driver? It isn’t necessarily an easy puzzle to solve, but you can figure it out with a little time and effort.

Following are three possible explanations for your missing golf swing speed, and what you might be able to do to get it back.

Reduced Time on the Course

If you don’t play as much golf as you used to, that very well could be the reason for the loss of power. Even if you are doing a good job of keeping your body in strong physical condition, there are many little muscles in the body that are used specifically in golf and may not be as fit as they once were. When you play a lot, those muscles get a certain kind of workout that they won’t get any other way – and you simply may need time on the course to keep them going strong.

When you suspect that lack of time on the course is to blame for your loss of golf swing speed, the answer can be simple – play more! Even if you can’t get onto the course that frequently, just visiting the driving range and hitting balls on a regular basis can do wonders for restoring the power in your swing.

Loss of Confidence

Golf swing speed and overall confidence in your game are more-closely related than you might think. When you feel good about where you game is at, and where the ball is going to go, you typically feel more free to turn it loose. Some golfers who are down on their confidence can start ‘hanging on’ during the swing and trying to steer the ball down the fairway. As a result, the release through impact is inhibited, and golf swing speed is lost. Even if you aren’t playing your best, try to keep your confidence high (fake it ’til you make it!) and trust in the practice you have done. Simply by clearing your mind and freeing up your muscles to make an aggressive swing, you might see the golf swing speed numbers quickly return to their previous levels.

Father Time

This can be a tough one, and a topic that some people would rather not talk about. At some point, for everyone, Father Time starts to catch up and we simply aren’t capable of the same athletic feats that we once were. As you age, your muscles don’t always have the same explosive abilities. If all other explanations fail, you might just be losing some golf swing speed as a result of the aging process.

The good news, however, is that you can still play great golf even if you have lost a few miles per hour off your swing. As long as you continue to work on your technique, and your short game, you can still aim for shooting great scores regardless of how far you now drive the ball.

Some of the effects of the aging process can also be reversed or slowed down through swing speed training. There is a Swing Man Golf member who in his mid-50s hit multiple 300-yard drives at a sea level course through swing speed training. He had never had more than a couple 300-yard drives in his entire life up to this point. To get started on swing speed training, click here.

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