CLUBHEAD SPEED READINGS AND ESTIMATED DISTANCE
When practicing, golfers rarely, if ever, receive feedback on their clubhead
speed. All other factors being the same, increased clubhead speed translates
into greater shot distance. I believe that clubhead speed will increase during
practice by providing accurate and immediate feedback of clubhead speed to the
golfer over many shots and an extended period. The golfer can obtain such feedback
by purchasing or borrowing a relatively inexpensive electronic gadget that provides
clubhead speed and an estimate of how far the last shot would travel. Such devices
also provide average clubhead speed and distance by club over many shots.
If the golfer pays close attention to what effects certain changes in his or
her swing have on clubhead speed and estimated distance on the last shot, some
improvement is likely. The golfer should also try to detect any change in specifically
defined feel to see if it has any effect on clubhead speed and estimated distance.
I have not tested this theory yet, but I will. My expectation that clubhead
speed and estimated distance will improve comes from tens of thousands of examples
where new or improved feedback caused positive change almost immediately and
with almost all performers in all types of settings in business and sports.
I believe that having the golfer record data on this form after every shot
causes the golfer to become more aware of what those speed and distance readings
are. In addition, if the golfer becomes more acutely aware of any accidental
variations in the swing and its effects on clubhead speed and estimated distance,
improvement is more likely. Let me know of your experiments, as I will with
many of you.
Golfers will likely benefit by improving physical fitness. One excellent experiment
showed that male seniors improved clubhead speed more by lifting weights than
by stretching exercise. Obtaining effective golf instruction from a professional
instructor can be of substantial help, but finding the right one is not always