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Reasons to Identify and Monitor Your Golf Swing Speed

Jul 13, 2008
Why would you use a golf swing speed meter? The number one benefit is knowing for certain the speed of your swing. This will help you in your training efforts, as well as for identifying the correct equipment for your game.

Only You Can Identify Your Swing Speed

You will need to have a tool like the Medicus Power Meter, Golf Radar, or Swing Mate Speed Meter to determine your swing speed. Alternatively you can go to a pro shop and have them determine your swing speed on a swing monitor. (They will also provide you with a large amount of other useful information as well like launch angle and spin rate) Bottom line, you have to put out the effort (i.e. cash) to do this because most likely you are like me and you do not have a sponsor or testing program like the pros.

Why Is Swing Speed Useful Information?

Perhaps you are like most golfers and equate faster swing speeds with longer drives and 180 yard 9-iron shots. This correlation is not always accurate. Take for instance the fact that golfers consciously attempting to swing faster usually end up swinging slower. This is due to poor mechanics when straining muscles to work harder. The results is a swing lacking a crisp and smooth fluid motion.

Correct Your Golf Mechanics And Increase Your Swing Speed

In order to increase your swing speed, using proper golf swing mechanics is essential. While outside the scope of this article, proper mechanics will most likely result in higher swing speeds and more distance. How can you measure that your mechanics are improving? By using a swing speed meter.

Use Equipment Made For Your Swing Characteristics

Once you have begun tracking your swing mechanics and improvement by watching your swing speed you can also use this information for other parts of your game. Virtually all golf equipment available now is made for a certain type of player with certain swing characteristics. This information is usually available on merchandise packaging, from your local pro shop, or the manufacturer's web site.

Your game will improve dramatically if you match balls and clubs to your swing speed. Do not guess! Chances are you (men) will guess much higher than normal. Get your swing speed measured for precise equipment selection.

Swing Speed Meters-Which One Should You Buy?

Your most important consideration in selecting a swing speed meter should be thinking about how you are going to use it. Do you have a spot to practice at home? Do you want your own swing simulator? Or are you going to use a portable model at the driving range.

There are multiple swing meters available, as well as several multi-function meters. Pick one with the features you will need and that fits your budget.

Identifying your swing speed can help you monitor your golf game as you work to improve your score and match proper equipment to your swing. While many swing monitors are available from your local golf shop or online, make sure to select one that will fit your training golf schedule and practice goal.
About the Author
Tim Heeter is a golf coach and author of Golf Training Aids 365, a website helping golfers learn to take control of their golf game. For more detailed information about selecting the best training aids fro your game visit Choosing A Golf Training Aid at his website Golf Training Aids 365 .
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