Updated August 9, 2019 – Original Article 9/8/2017
Speed and power is important in golf. That is true whether you want it to be or not. A big drive in golf is as important as a big serve in tennis. As much as people want to talk about the mental game and the importance of putting, the physical game matters. Unless you crush your drives and hit your irons far, you don’t have a chance against player who has a solid short game and a longer ball off the tee.
The longer you drive the ball, the closer you’ll be to the green for your second shot. It’s a much easier game when you’ve only got 100 yards to the green.
But does that mean we all have to be tall, strong and athletic to hit the ball far? Do we have to have the physiques (and trainers) of Tiger Woods and Serena Williams?
Sergio Garcia’s Secret To Long Drives
The answer to that question is, “No”. Take the example of Sergio Gracia. Sergio stands around 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. And yet he is one of the longest drivers in modern golf. How does Sergio punch well above his weight in the power game of golf?
The secret is in his lag and release.
Sergio stores power in his wrists throughout the swing then releases all that energy at the right moment – impact. After all, speed only matters in one place in the golf swing – at the moment of impact. Having speed and power during the backswing – or after the ball has gone – is no use.
And you have to release at just the right moment. Many golfers do a great job of storing power, but they release it before the club reaches the ball. Or they release too late – they turn on the power after the ball has gone.
The exciting part is – once you learn to release the club head properly, by throwing your right arm through the ball, you’ll add 20-30 yards to your shots overnight.
Engaging Your Senses
To improve your golf game you need leverage the power of your senses: sight, sound, and touch. Sure we can see a bad shot, or feel one when the shaft vibrates up our arms, but can we hear a well-struck shot?
It is said that the great Australian golfer Norman Von Nida, as an old man and legally blind, could hear the difference between a solid iron or a slight miss hit.
The Swing Caddy Training Aid helps turn on your auditory awareness so you can start hearing the difference between good swings and bad swings.
When you make a good swing using the Swing Caddy, you will hear 2 clicks – one at impact and one at the end of your follow through.
And the great thing is, you don’t need to reset the Swing Caddy after each shot like you do with so many training aids. Just set your target distance, set your swing speed, and swing.
Here is a list of benefits you’ll experience after using the Swing Caddy Rhythm Trainer:
- Better rhythm and tempo to your swing
- Extra 20 yards of distance due to a more powerful release
- Correct sequencing through all the stages of your swing
- Greater strength and flexibility in all the muscles of your wrists, arms, shoulders, and trunk
How To Use The Swing Caddy For Maximum Benefit
Here’s the best way to use the Swing Caddy on the practice ground. Remember the idea is to work on the ideal yardage with your ideal club. For example, if you’re currently hitting 90 yards with your pitching wedge, you should be aiming to increase that to about 110/120 yards. So if you’re trying to reach 280 with your pitching wedge, you can stop reading here.
- Determine how far you hit a specific club. For this tutorial, we’ll use the 7-iron. If your 7-iron naturally averages 140 yards, it is possible to increase that to 150 – 170 yards with the help of the Swing Caddy. What you want to do is turn the head of the Swing Caddy to the yardage you want to achieve, let’s say a “160 yds”. Right below the yardage is the ideal club head speed of “66mph” which is the ideal club head speed to reach 160 yards.
- Get into position and swing the Swing Caddy, making sure to get the first click in the right place of your swing. The first click represents the ideal point of impact. So, if you’re a right-handed golfer, you want to hear the first click right before your left foot.
- If you hear the click before that, you’re swinging too fast too early which means you’re losing power by the time you actually hit the ball or your swing is too aggressive and the ball will go off course.
- If the click is after your left foot, then you’re not swinging fast enough when you actually hit the ball, and need to speed up your swing.
- You will hear a second click at the end of your swing if you deliver a proper follow through.
- Try this several times and train your body and download this movement and speed into your muscle memory.
- Grab your 7-iron. Hit a few balls trying to emulate the same feeling you had with the Swing Caddy.
- Go back and forth between the Swing Caddy and your 7-iron. You will begin improving your tempo and speed which will maximize the point of impact with your club head and the ball, increasing your yardage.
- Do the same for the lowest club in your bag (the driver) and your highest clubs (the sand wedge).
Warming Up For Your Round
Instead of hitting balls into a practice net or the range to warm up for your round, a few swings of the Swing Caddy will loosen you up to ensure you play well from the first tee shot and don’t pull a muscle.
A full round of golf can last 3-5 hours, but it’s the fraction of a second when the club face meets the ball that matters. The Swing Caddy is the only training aid that trains you for that moment.