Lately there has been a bunch of new products popping up on the market that claim to give you more speed ergo more distance!
One of the best examples of this is the heavy club, which actually isn't a new product, though if you redesign it, re package it and then rename it and tell everyone how some washed up college basketball star gained 40yards with his drives then it must work. The funny thing is that this kind of advertising campaign really works, because lately here in Denmark where i live there has been a bunch of my clients asking me about it, and i give them the honest truth, however i can see in their eyes that they've already bought it or their going to put it on their wishlist for christmas anyways, WHY? Because they are all looking for the quick fix.
Pros and Cons of the heavy club:
First the pros, well one of the HUGE factors in generating speed in the golf swing is the ability to have all your bodies segments work in an efficient order so that they can transfer energi from your feet up through your body and out to your arms and the clubhead. We call this phenominon the "Kinematic Sequence".
Imagine your bodies joints and muscles being attached to each other similar to the links on a long chain lying on the ground, you pick the one end of the chain up and swing it up and down like using battle ropes at the gym for a work out.
If all the links on the chain are attached and moving well you can create a wave of energy from one end to the other, This is similar to how the kinematic sequence works, passing energi up the chain one link at a time.. However if one or more links on the chain are broken or rusted together the wave loses energi and either gets weaker or stops abruptly. Unfortunately our bodies can have similarity's to the rusty or broken links on the chain by having stiff joints or muscles that for whatever reason aren't working proficiently which causes limitations and poor movement patterns, hence the phrase you are only as strong as your weakest link!
Back to the heavy club, if you're a high handicap golfer that tends to have a very poor Kinematic sequence in you golfswing, then using a heavy club might help you line your chain(your body) up so that you're able to swing it in a more efficient movement simply because of the added weight you will automatically recruit a better movement to support the extra weight. But if you have poor links in your chain(joints and muscle limitations) you will not be able to transfer the energi efficiently through your body. However, you still might have an improved Kinematic sequence than what it was before, so it might help the high handicap golfer for sure!
The cons are that your goal is to teach your body to move faster in order to create more clubhead speed so that you can hit the ball further. Here's the thing, if you ask a marathon runner to enter a 100meter sprint, he'd lose for sure, and if you asked a 100meter sprinter to run a marathon he'd also lose right? So what are you asking yourself to do in the golfswing then, run a marathon using endurance muscles that twitch slowly or sprint with fast twitch muscles that fire rapidly?
I know that if i'm asking for more clubhead speed then i'm going for the fast twitch muscles because a golfswing is a ballistic movement! So, by swinging something heavy you aren't moving fast at all, you are moving slowly. The more you teach your body a slow movement pattern the more instinctive it will do it until eventually it will only move slow because it has been taught to do so.
Here's the thing, for both the Kinematic sequence and the fast moving muscles to work efficiently together, you'll need minimal limitations in your joints and muscles so that your muscles are ready to transfer energy up the chain, you'll need strength and speed so that your body and muscles can fire rapidly, and lastly you'll need a really good braking system!
What? Why do we need a braking system you ask. Great question! If you created a ton of speed in one direction and aren't able to stop it in the other direction then you will get injured and your brain knows this! So your brain creates what is called a governor. It prevents you from moving too quickly in order to help control your movement.....WHAT! But i feel the need for speed! I know, I know, be patient young jedi warrior, If it is speed you need, then speed you shall have!
The only way to remove the governor that your brain creates to slow you down and prevent you from getting injured is to give it a reason to remove it. Gain proper stability through proper posture, technique, remove any limitations through proper mobility and stability, strength, corrective movement patterns.
But i just wanted more speed, i didn't think i'd have to actually have to work hard and train smart to gain more speed, i thought a magical product would do it for me! Get over yourself ad get to work.....but enjoy the process of improvement!
Here's how you can get started,
FIRST find out if your body has any broken or rusty links, how? Visit a TPI fitness or medical expert and get an assessment, or if you don't have an expert in your area then order a copy of the Golfers Handbook on iTunes and get started today!
By removing any limitations you then earn the right to move to strength which in turn gives you the right to train speed! If you combine all these factors while working with a great PGA swing coach then watch out world!
Here is a link to a podcast that talks about an actual product that is scientifically proven to help increase speed called Super Speed Golf. However Super speed golf will only help you if you work on the other factors i've mentioned above to help increase your speed.
Do it in this correct order and you will find eternal happiness!!! Do it in the incorrect order and you won't find a lot other than a great journey on a path to nowhere, but hey, life is a journey right, so what the heck! And after all we do learn from our mistakes right? So don't be a wisenheimer and stop wasting your time with quick fix remedies and get started on the right path where you can enjoy your journey to greatness!
I hope you've enjoyed my tips for speed and thank you all for supporting us!
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI Medical/Fitness Coach
Author of the Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your LIFE!