How many times have we heard the saying “knowledge is power,” or in this case, golf knowledge is power.
But what exactly does that mean?
In this instance, the knowledge and power you will gain are two-fold.
- Knowledge of the working mechanics that take place in striking a golf ball.
- Knowing what you need to do to increase the power in your golf game.
Having the wisdom to know what information is essential in any product reviews and or sales will prove to be a money-saving asset. Knowing exactly where to focus to increase your golf ball distance will put more power in your game without having to purchase the latest and greatest golf club only to find out nothing changed.
The First Thing
I want to draw your attention to is golf club speed vs. distance. We have all read that "to gain more distance, you have to increase club head speed, and in return, you create a higher power transfer index (smash factor)."
What would you say if I said this is both true and false?
Before I go any further let me state again that I am not a pro I am just an average golfer like the majority of you out there. What I am sharing with you is what I have learned hitting with my SkyTrack Launch Monitor. With that PSA out of the way, let me say this, YOU CAN GAIN THE EFFECT OF MORE CLUB HEAD SPEED WITHOUT SWINGING HARDER!!!
I know what you are thinking, “this guy is out of his mind.” My response is three words, power transfer index or more commonly known as smash factor. I have mentioned this before, but will gladly repeat it for those who may not have read any previous posts. To learn more about PTI click here
The people at SkyTrack refer to the smash factor as PTI or power transfer index. I prefer this labeling due to the fact it depicts what is taking place, which is transferring power from the golf club in to the golf ball. Let’s compare two golf balls I hit on lines 14 and 18 from the 6 Iron on the benchmark raw data (provided for you under Benchmark click here). If we look at just the swing speed, ball speed, and PTI, while assuming all other factors are the same, these two golf balls will travel the same distance even though one golf swing was 3 mph slower than the other. By striking the ball more correctly, in theory, you create a faster swing speed by increasing the amount of energy transferred into the golf ball, thus creating higher ball speed. There are many more examples like this throughout the raw data in the benchmark.
An 87 mph swing speed (taken from line 17 of the 6 Iron) with the same PTI as the 84 mph swing speed would look like:
You can see that swinging faster does not necessarily equate to further distance, and a slower swing can increase the distance by improving your PTI.
As a side note if you were wondering the distances of these three examples, they were:
Now you know what you need to look at to improve your golf club distances before you start “swinging out of your shoes,” looking at new golf clubs, or buying more expensive balls.
You also now know that when looking at golf product reviews, pay special attention to this detail. There are more essential factors to look for when reading or watching performance reviews; however, this one addresses two crucial aspects of achieving more distance in golf.
To determine your PTI, you will need some way of measuring your ball speed and swing speed as the PTI is obtained by dividing your ball speed by your swing speed. I previously mentioned the SkyTrack, but there are many different types of launch monitors out there in various price ranges.
If you have acted on this bit of information, please share with me and your fellow golfers about what you did and the improvements you achieved!
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