3 simple swing thoughts to boost your clubhead speed

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These simple swing thoughts can improve your game.

Clubhead speed is something everyone wants more of, from the upper echelon of professional golf down through the amateur ranks. Getting more if it is one of the single best things you can do for your game. But how?

Enter our friends at GOLFTEC, who have been doing great work recently sharing content on this theme in recent weeks, and their stable of coaches have a few handy swing thoughts to help. You can check out the great stuff on GOLFTEC’s website right here, or book a lesson at GOLFTEC below.

And in the meantime, let’s break them down.

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1. Flex your front knee

The first GOLFTEC-approved swing thought comes via coach Brad Skupaka, who says that in order to use your lower body to create more power, you should focus on flexing (or bending) your front knee as you straighten your trail knee. This will increase your hip turn while allowing you to push off the ground, and whip the club through with maximum speed.

2. Belly up

But that swing thought is for the backswing. What about the downswing? GOLFTEC’s Zach Lambeck suggests finishing so your belly is pointing up towards the sky. This feeling will create extension in your back, which will prevent your arms and body from collapsing through the ball. Instead, you’ll feel a big stretch in your torso and arms, which will allow you to increase rotation.

3. Longer, not faster

Most golfers, when they’re trying to hit the ball longer, fall into the trap of trying making their swing too jerky. Instead, GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater has a swing thought for you: Make your swing longer, and more circular. Quicker means narrower and rushed. All that’ll accomplish is mis-hits and bad tempo. Longer swings lead to longer drives.


Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.