You may have heard golf professionals talk about smash factor. Put simply, smash factor is the ratio between your ball speed and your club speed. You can find this ratio by taking the ball speed and dividing by the club head speed. You can think of this ratio as how efficient you are transferring power from the club to the ball. In a perfect world, your smash factor will come in at a 1.5 or close to it, but for many of us, achieving that kind of transfer of power can be difficult. After all, if you are going to transfer that power, you have to have the force behind your swing first.
Before we talk about smash factor, it’s important to note that AMPD Golf Fitness believes power and speed training is something that is earned. First and foremost, you have to prove that you can move efficiently. Moving efficiently is paramount since inefficient movement will hamper your smash factor. After all, if you are not making solid contact with the ball, it doesn’t matter how much force you’re putting into the swing. You will be severely limiting your achievable distance as well as your accuracy, not to mention the fact that inefficient movement typically leads to pain and overuse injuries.
Once you’ve earned power and speed training, AMPD Golf Fitness gets to work and puts the power behind the punch. We have a number of exercises that we use as tools to produce more speed and power. The goal here is to increase the amount of force you can exert quickly, but for many golfers, that means creating the capacity for force. Using latest research, we’ve designed our exercise program with golfers in mind. For example, studies have shown that power is plane specific. That means if you want to increase the power of a particular plane of motion, you have to develop those muscles. Traditional power exercises like box jumps and snatches might increase your power, but for golfers, we’re looking for specific plane-specific power that will ultimately improve your smash factor.
To accomplish this, AMPD Golf Fitness has designed its program to increase the power of the frontal plane (side to side) and the transverse plane (rotational). The frontal plane comes into use when the golfer shifts their weight away and towards the target during the backswing and downswing respectively. The transverse plane is essential to develop for the hips and shoulders to rotate the club. With that in mind, we recommend med ball rotational throws as well as lateral jumps.
In this video, we demonstrate the med ball rotational throw. Some key takeaways:
· Throw the ball like you mean it! Act as if you’re trying to knock down the wall
· Aggressively shift your weight from your back hip to the front hip
· Use your glutes to fire towards the wall
For lateral jumps, the key things to remember are:
· Lateral jumps help increase your ability to both accelerate and decelerate force, which is essential for the golf swing
· Keep your hips back and use your glutes and hamstrings
· Make sure you are landing softly with each jump and minimize ground time by quickly pushing off in the reverse direction
· You can also increase the intensity of the exercise by holding a light medicine ball or looping an elastic band around your waist and attaching it to a power rack at hip height.
Additionally, AMPD Golf Fitness uses SuperSpeedGolf training sticks to focus on plane specific speed. These specially designed club shafts are weighted to increase the speed of your club head. SuperSpeedGolf conducted intensive research and determined the proper weights in order to maximize results, and because of this, we use SuperSpeed Golf training sticks.
Increasing your smash factor can increase how far you can drive the ball. If you’re ready to get started in improving your smash factor, contact AMPD Golf Fitness today. We’ll guide you to a more efficient, more powerful swing that allows you to unleash your full power.