The Science of Speed

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Lesson 1: Break Your Misconceptions

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Lesson 1: Break Your Misconceptions
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OVERVIEW

As the game of golf evolves, more teachers are embracing the effect that science can have on game improvement, particularly when it comes to adding distance. In this video, Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Michael Jacobs introduces the science of swing speed and discusses how a few myths have created a generation of golfers that tries to produce power in the wrong ways.

SWING THOUGHTS

Picture the club in three links—grip, shaft and head. Transfer speed from grip to head
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To store power, move your hands in a straight line away from the target to start the downswing
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To apply speed to the ball, swing down so the butt of the grip points between your arms before impact
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For a powerful downswing, feel like you're turning your belt buckle into your left thigh
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DRILLS

The Lag Drill

  • Take a club in your right hand, and pretend it’s the bow of a violin.
  • Turn to the top of your backswing and rest the shaft on your right shoulder. Slide the shaft toward and away from the target as you would a bow on a violin.
  • This feel of the hands moving in a straight line away from the target at the start of an actual downswing creates clubhead lag, which stores energy. Once you’re comfortable with this hand action, add some hip rotation toward the target. Get used to blending these two moves into your real downswing.
Lesson 2: How to Bomb Your Driver
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  • 4 ways to gain distance
  • Training your body to boost speed
  • How to pre-set perfect impact
  • Secrets of the tour release

The Science of Speed

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Lesson 1: Break Your Misconceptions
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Lesson 2: How to Bomb Your Driver
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Lesson 3: Hit Your Irons One Club Farther
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Lesson 4: Effortless Power
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Lesson 5: Using Research to Swing Faster
The Science of SpeedINDEX
Lesson 1: Break Your Misconceptions
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Lesson 1: Break Your Misconceptions
  • Learn to increase the speed that matters
  • The right way to start down
  • Common instincts that kill power
  • The keys for center-face strikes
Lesson 2: How to Bomb Your Driver
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Lesson 2: How to Bomb Your Driver
  • 4 ways to gain distance
  • Training your body to boost speed
  • How to pre-set perfect impact
  • Secrets of the tour release
Lesson 3: Hit Your Irons One Club Farther
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Lesson 3: Hit Your Irons One Club Farther
  • How to swing irons different than driver
  • Squaring the face for a powerful flight
  • Learning to hit down—the right amount
  • Beating that weak shot to the right
Lesson 4: Effortless Power
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Lesson 4: Effortless Power
  • Turning effort into clubhead speed
  • How to time everything for impact
  • When slowing down means more distance
  • One drill to check your power positions
Lesson 5: Using Research to Swing Faster
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Lesson 5: Using Research to Swing Faster
  • The secret power skill of tour players
  • How to load up for impact
  • Plugging the worst power leak
  • The power hitter’s move from the top