If you’ve ever wondered how someone like 5-foot-9, 150-pound Rickie Fowler or 5-foot-9, 165-pound Rory McIlroy can consistently drive the ball past golfers who look like NFL linebackers, it’s certainly not because they’re stronger. And it’s not necessarily because they have better technique.
A key ingredient in their distance prowess is the amount of power they can generate.
It’s one thing to be strong. And it’s another to be fast. But when you’re strong and fast, you have the ingredients to really bomb it. That’s the concept behind a type of training rapidly gaining popularity with athletes in all sports—even golf. It’s called velocity-based training, or VBT. Instead of focusing on how much weight is moved, VBT focuses on the rate of speed for each repetition of any mobile exercise.
VBT improves muscle coordination, timing and, most important, swing speed, says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear, who works with PGA Tour pros Webb Simpson, Luke Donald and Russell Henley. According to Foresight Sports ball-flight-simulation models, increasing the average amateur’s swing speed from 90 miles per hour to 100 mph offers the potential of 36 more yards (see chart below) on center-face strikes.
“I’ve introduced it to many golfers,” Shear says, “and I think it will one day become a training norm for most athletes.”
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