It’s no secret that most golfer would love to hit it further if they could do it without loosing accuracy and consistency. More length off the tee does make it a lot easier to play golf.
Did you know that, the average amateur male golfer has a club speed of 93.4 mph and a carry distance of 204 yds?
Let’s Play a Par 4
On a 400 yards par 4, the average amateur male golfer might be using the driver off the tee, and let’s say the drive went 230 yds in total. Now with 170 yds to go, you might be using your 5 iron or maybe a hybrid to reach the green in regulation.
But what if you could increase your driving distance with 30 yds off the tee without swinging faster?
Then you could play the same Par 4 a lot easier, and with a 260 yds drive, you would have just 140 yds left to the green. Instead of hitting your approach shot with a 5 iron/hybrid, you would be able to use your 8 or 7 iron. That should make the approach shot more manageable, and it should also increase your accuracy, resulting in more greens in regulation.
Increase your distance without swinging faster
A known way to gain more distance is to increase your club speed by swinging faster, but how can you increase distance without swinging faster?
Let’s have a look at the numbers. According to TrackMan’s previous amateur performance study we know that the average amateur male golfer’s numbers look like this:
Club Speed: 93.4 mph
Launch Angle: 12.6 deg
Attack Angle: -1.6 deg
Spin Rate: 3275 rpm
Carry: 204 yds
These numbers are not bad, but there is room for improvement. You can increase your distance simply by tweaking and optimising the numbers.
Tweaking the numbers isn’t always easy, and you might prefer “just to swing faster”, but for some golfers swinging faster isn’t an option, and in that case tweaking the numbers can be the key to more distance.
You have probably already heard that hitting up on the ball with your driver, will increase your distance, but the truth is, hitting up (Positive Attack Angle) is not the only number you should be looking at.
Below you can see how the optimal Launch Angle, Spin Rate and Landing Angle would look like, based on a given attack angle and club speed. Note that these numbers are optimised for the best combination of max carry and roll out (assuming a center strike).
Attack Angle -1.5
Attack Angle 0
Attack Angle 1.5
Attack Angle 3
Attack Angle 5
Attack Angle 7.5
To achieve these numbers visit your local TrackMan Coach, or use our locator to find a TrackMan Facility near you.
If you would like to see the optimal numbers for your Club Speed and Attack Angle, visit TrackManUniversity.com, go to the Library Section and select Distance -> Optimizer Calculator.
You can also leave a comment below with your driver numbers (Club Speed, Attack Angle), and what you would like to achieve (Max Carry, Max Total, Best Combination) and i will provide you with an optimised suggestion.