By Jaacob Bowden

Member Question:

Hi Jaacob,

I’m struggling with the concept of swinging fast rather than swinging hard.

I know how “forcing” anything in golf is detrimental. However increasing swing speed takes extra effort &, dare I say it, FORCE. I try to keep my grip light & my wrists loose but I’m still unsure what I need to do to swing fast without tension.
Am I over thinking this? Or can you elucidate please.

By the way, I have a Sureshotgps launch monitor which measures carry distance, swing speed & smash factor/ball speed. Unfortunately it only works when you actually hit balls so it’s of no use with my home training but works well on the range & golf course. I’m starting from a base of 83-84mph so there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Ron H, Australia, 64 years old, 18 handicap

Jaacob’s Answer:

Elucidate. Good word. J

It’s not necessary, but you may want to invest in a Swing Speed Radar.

I recommend this particular radar because it’s relatively inexpensive, it’s portable, and you can measure swings…

Read the rest of what Jaacob has to say about Your Questions Answered in the September 2015 Monthly Handicap Improver here: