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Everyone wants to hit the golf ball farther, and add swing speed. A lot of it has to due with what we see on TV in the professional game. There is no question that at the pro level golf has evolved to a power game, and it all started with Tiger Woods rising to the top.

The name of the game is to hit it as far as possible off the tee, keep it in play, and be proficient enough with your wedge and putter to convert birdies.

The stats back it up too. Mark Broadie’s revolutionary strokes gained analysis, and his book Every Shot Counts clearly shows distance can be king. Golfers can separate themselves more from each other in their ability to score lower by hitting the ball farther.

I’ve written about this before, and I don’t deny these findings. I just believe the takeaway for everyday golfers can become a little murky. I’ve seen plenty of players excel at this game without tremendous distance. That being said, I’m not against any golfer trying to figure out ways to hit the ball farther.

If you want to hit the ball farther I think you have a few options:

Increase your swing speed (most people advocate this method)
Hit the ball closer to the sweet spot (I like this one personally)
Make sure you are playing with the correct equipment (also believe in this)
I believe number 2 and number 3 are reasonable ways to add distance to anyone’s game, and I’ve written articles about that before. However, in my opinion adding speed to your swing is not the slam-dunk that most people think. I don’t think it’s completely necessary either.

What is Reasonable?
Tour pros swing speed with their drivers anywhere from 110-125mph. These are the speeds required to launch the ball 300 yards and farther. Any time they can add a few miles per hour to their swing, it could mean the difference of making cuts and cashing bigger paychecks.

Their livelihoods are literally at stake.

This website is intended for everyday golfers, and my goal is to help filter out all of the noise out there and get you thinking realistically about your game.

You are not playing golf to cash a paycheck. Hopefully you are playing first and foremost to have fun and enjoy yourself, and have a secondary desire to lower your handicap over time.

This is not a complete surprise at all.

What is interesting is just how fast the lower handicaps are performing relative to the players in the 20-35 region. They’re not all that different. For example, a golfer in the 30 handicap region had a swing speed of 88 mph versus 95 mph when you get to single digits.

With players in the 0-5 handicap range, drivers are topping out at about 95 mph and 7 irons are about 75 mph. Depending on how efficient their swings are, this could represent upwards of 250 yards with the driver and about 140 yards with the 7-iron.

Wait a second, that’s not that far?


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