Increase Your Smash Factor

Quick Tips To Bomb Your Next Drive

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Tiger Woods has a smash factor of 1.48. Bubba Watson is around 1.52. The average amateur has a smash factor of about 1.20. What's this mean? Your smash factor, which is a clever way to gauge how effectively and efficiently you're compressing the golf ball, measures your ball speed divided by your clubhead speed. The higher the number, the more power you're leveraging into the golf ball.

There are several ways to help increase your smash factor, and I've broken it down into a few drills and quick fixes that'll help you ramp up your horsepower on the fly. Whether it's a drivable par-4, a long par-5 you want to reach in two, or a tricky forced carry into the wind, the following tips will help you nuke your next tee shot.

Grip your left wrist with your right hand, from underneath. This will position your right elbow in the proper place during the golf swing.
GRIP YOUR WRIST
This drill helps by maintaining more width and extension. A wide swing arc will go a long way toward shallowing out your swing, creating a longer flat spot through the hit. And the greater your width, the more room the clubhead has to generate speed. This generous flat spot in your swing will also help create an ascending angle of attack, helping to launch the ball higher and farther. Think of a kiddie bike with small wheels and an adult bike with big wheels. With the same pedal power, the adult bike will go faster than the kiddie bike because the tire covers more ground. As your swing circle gets bigger, so will your clubhead speed. By gripping your left wrist and making practice swings, you'll really widen things out before your next big drive.


FEEL THE CLUBSHAFT FLEX
The shaft is called the engine of the club for a reason. When properly loaded and unloaded, it provides a lot of power, as an engine would (and you are the gasoline that makes the engine run!). When harnessed properly, the shaft loads and unloads, with a last-minute snap and acceleration, much like cracking a whip. Also when flexed properly, the shaft can add loft to the clubhead, helping to increase your launch angle and carry distance.

As you can see here, I'm demonstrating with two alignment sticks where the shaft really should start stressing (bending). This is the mental picture I want you to have. Think of "stressing the clubshaft" midway down your downswing, not at the top of your swing. Doing this will help you better leverage the flex in the shaft and whip the clubhead through at impact.

Even though I'm just demonstrating here, this is the position where I really want to feel the flex of the shaft in my left arm. Once I reach this point in my swing, the clubhead releases and flings into the back of the golf ball. Any sooner and I'll lose all my power!

Of course, do yourself a favor and get fitted for your driver shaft. The clubfitter will get you set with a shaft that flexes, bends, loads and unloads perfectly for your natural swing, tempo and rhythm. Trust me, clubfitting is worth the effort.


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