Acceleration Golf Swing Speed Drill for Seniors
As seniors get older, their golf swing speed tends to decrease which results in their distances also decreasing. A few reasons seniors start to see their swing speed decrease includes losing muscle mass and losing flexibility.
In order to generate fast golf swing speed, you need to turn back with a full shoulder turn during the swing. However, most seniors tend to lose flexibility in their bodies as they age, which results in a more restricted swing and less power.
Flexibility and Strength Training for Senior Golfers
To combat this, you should strive for completing flexibility exercises every day. Perform slow, controlled stretches as well as mixing in some flexibility weight lifting exercises at the gym.
Lifting weights and continuing strength training can also be very beneficial for seniors to help maintain muscle and strength needed to hit the golf ball far.
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Loss of Golf Swing Speed Causes
In addition to the physical issues, there are also technical steps seniors can take to prevent loss of distance in their golf swing.
One of the most common swing faults that costs seniors distance off the tee is releasing the club to early in the downswing.
Ideally, you want your swing to accelerate through the golf shot.
But many golfers tend to reach their maximum acceleration rate just prior to hitting the ball as a result of releasing their hands too soon. Then the club begins decelerating at impact and after impact, costing them distance.
Best Golf Swing Acceleration Drill for Seniors
To help you maintain your swing power further into the golf shot, follow this simple drill using a couple of tees on the driving range:
- Place a tee in the ground where you would normally place a golf ball
- Place a second tee about 6 inches in front of the first tee
- Set up to the first tee and make a normal golf swing
- As you swing down, try to hit the first tee and continue the swing trying to hit the second tee as well
- Keep practicing until you can successfully accelerate the swing into the second tee
- Next, add a golf ball to the first tee and practice striking the ball plus continuing the swing and striking the second tee 6 inches in front of the ball
Doing this golf swing drill will help you power through the golf ball, reaching maximum speed after impact.
Overall, a combination of maintaining flexibility, increasing your strength, and maximizing your acceleration to just after impact with the ball can help seniors hit the golf ball further and prevent loss of distance off the tee.
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