Power In Golf / Increase Distance

The Need for Speed / X-Factor & Speed Chain

We would all like to have a powerful swing and hit the ball further. To add 10 – 25 meters from the tee changes the game a lot.

What is X-FACTOR?

When at the top of the swing you shall have separation between the upper and lower body . This is normally called the X-factor stretch. Separation between hip and shoulder (seen from the top) forms an X.  The more separation you can achieve between your shoulders and hips, the faster you can uncoil at impact, so the bigger the separation is between the hip and the shoulder the higher speed you can achieve at impact. Longhitters have up to 70 degrees difference between hips and shoulders, note that the position of the ”non target” knee MUST be correct for the coil. See : PDF collage pictures ”The Swing / Long Game.

To gain distance you need this mobility, strong core and lower body stability.  All this can be improved with practice and there are a number of exercises available for this.  You need to get ”Rotary Power”.

Can you increase the ”rotation speed” with only 1mph your will increase the Driver club head speed with “around” 20 mph (approximately 40 meters).

The increase of distance can be huge if you can increase the X-factor, also other factors affects distance as; the launch angle, smash factor – centre hits, ball- spin, etc.

Once you have the mobility, basic core strength and lower stability you can move on to the Speed Chain or the NOS.

What is Speed Chain and NOS?

One problem is that strength is not speed, and swing speed is critical. This new “speed science” will change the game dramatically. For the average golfer, we now can blend good golf technique with plyometric training, leading to very good results.

Canadian researcher Digby  Sale found that in order for an exercise to
increase speed, the exercise must adhere to the following laws :

1.     Movement pattern must be exact or as similar as possible to the athletic motion involved. Movement pattern is simple to see. Pulling a rubber band will not effectively strengthen one’s swing because the movement pattern is too dissimilar. Rubber band resistance has a linear path, whereas swinging a golf club is a circular, rotational movement on many planes.

2.     Contraction velocity must be similar to the event. Velocity is easy to see. Turning with or throwing a medicine ball is very slow in comparison to the swinging of a golf club. Yet many golfers in an attempt to increase club head speed, do exercises with it. If the exercise is done too slow, how will you move faster during the swing?

3.     Contraction force must be higher than the event. Force is difficult to measure without the use of high-tech bio mechanical equipment. But understanding that one needs to overload somewhat to get a strength benefit is logical. The problem arises when one overloads too much and velocity slows down, which in turn decreases the amount of force.

Speed Training with Chain

Training with the Speed Chain

4.     Contraction type must be the same. Contraction type is extremely important since explosive movements use the stretch-shorten cycle. The stretch-shorten cycle is the short, rapid stretching of the muscles prior to a forceful contraction and is present in all explosive movements. Proper weightlifting techniques discourage this type of contraction. Therefore training benefits are minimal for speed.

So how do you get speed?

The answer is a variable resistance device to create an advanced plyometric exercise. Plyometrics is a type of training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, for the improving performance in sports. Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation  of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal. Plyometrics is used to increase the speed or force of muscular contractions, providing explosiveness for a variety of sport-specific activities and where golf is one of them and a variabel resistance using proprietary twist link speed chains are the only way to construct an exercise devise capable of obeying all the laws of speed training in golf.

The SPEED-CHAIN can be for you. If you are little older or not so well trained the NOS is second best.

Neuro Muscular Speed Training in Golf

The "Neuromuscular Overspeed Device" NOS

The NOS  (Neuromuscular Overspeed Device) also use the variable resistance that changes its weight during the swing phases. A typical NOS is slightly heavier than a normal driver but it can be swung faster. Therefore you can increase your speed up to 5 – 10 mph with just little training. A 10 mph speed increase with the Driver gives 20 meters extra in distance. We have club speed computers so we can follow your club head speed progress over time.

We have all Speed-Tools available for training. Cost free for our students.

pdf file Download the Speedchain information for FREE

For good progress and continuation to improve your distance I suggest you get these training aids yourself. I cooperate with the leading Speed – company in USA and you can find more interested reading if you click the link  www.Z2golf.com. Here you can also place orders and get “School discount” when referring to Tamber Golf.

Source of this type of training comes from Mr Kelvin Miyahira, Mr Digby Sale and Vitesse Sport Technology US. Brooks, G.A, Fahey, T.D. & White, T.P. (1996). Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications. (2nd ed.). Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Co. Chu, D. (1998). Jumping into plyometrics (2nd ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics, Wikingpedia and Z2 golf. Swedish Golf Academy.