And become more proficient as a golfer. This is not a complete surprise at all.
But this doesnt mean you should practice hitting balls as hard as you can.
Does swing speed matter when choosing a golf ball. Ball speed is closely tied to the speed of the club head as you swing. With a higher rating you need a faster more powerful swing to. Granted therere a lot of other factors but if you have a decent golf swing and hit the golf ball in the middle of the club on most swing attempts adding swing speed is what you need to do.
Im sure you probably know that your golf swing clubhead speed and handicap are connected. A further benefit is that it will feel less harsh and jarring on impact with the golf club. For the golfer whose swing speed is 100 mph the speed of the ball as it leaves the clubface should be 150.
Remembering the Superball the softer the ball the greater distance potential which pleases those of us lacking the upper body strength or swing speed to pound one to Kingdom Come. However its not quite as simple as that. At this swing speed you will find that a ball with lower levels of compression will tend to travel a farther distance.
That is if your goal is to improve your game of golf. For some golf swing speed is everything. If the ball skies off the top of the club face its okay.
In fact a harder swing can be disastrous for your game. Not only does more swing speed help you hit the ball farther research shows there is a direct correlation between your driving distance and club head speed and handicap and thus scoring. So gaining more distance is easy.
Spin rates and consistency are far more critical in terms of choosing the right ball. Here are some examples of low compression golf balls for slower swing speeds. Compression matters for tour players who have a fast swing speed of more than 110 mph.
Your swing speed is what directly affects your shot distance. If youre a beginner then you may not know what youre distance is or how it can affect your golf game. We started with a smooth swing at 1095 mph which is faster than most but slower than the Tours.
As long as the club face moved faster. Ive touched on swing speed in a few other articles. Golf Swing Speed Increasing swing speed will allow you to hit the golf ball farther.
While your swing speed is very critical golf ball speed is a better measurement of how efficiently you transferred the energy of your swing to the ball. If you swing with more strength and move the head faster at impact the ball should go faster. Higher compression balls have more energy transfer during shots.
With players in the 0-5 handicap range drivers are topping out. There ARE some differences from ball to ball at different swing speeds but theyre minimal. For example if you had a golfer with a driver swing speed of 100 mph but with very efficient impact conditions they could hit the ball farther than someone who swung inefficiently at 110 mph.
These golf balls tend to have a compression rating of 70 – 80. You should consider that your swing speed for your irons might not extrapolate perfectly to driver and vice versa so while a certain flex might be right in some clubs that might not be the case. You can see this in 2017-2019 Arccos data published by MyGolfSpy in 2020 that shows the difference in driving distance by handicap group.
If you are starting out you might not have developed such speed yet. The good news is that you dont need superhuman swing speed to play golf effectively. All of the testing data indicates that swing speed really isnt the way to pick a golf ball.
Small to moderate gains in speed can lead to tangible results. In general the speed of the golf ball should be 15 times that of the speed of the swing. This means you have to work on your swing speed.