Adding Distance with Zach Allen

Adding Distance with Zach Allen

Lessons from pros

Former Southern California PGA Instructor of the Year, Zach Allen shares a few sure-fire way for any golfer to add speed and distance.

"99% of golfers swing the club too slowly."


When it comes to tempo in the golf swing, "low and slow" has long been a phrase used to describe proper technique for the takeaway.

As Zach shows us in this video, the problem with this philosophy is that the overwhelming majority of everyday golfers take this to an extreme and do not produce enough speed in the backswing.

One of the easiest speed exercises in order to add distance is to simply try and speed up your backswing. Find your baseline backswing duration using deWiz, and work on shrinking that time lower and lower.

Conclusion: As is the case with any sort of speed training, do not be discouraged if the initial results are not always positive. These gains can take time and practice to come to fruition, and this faster swing may only be used a handful of times over the course of a round. But, the more you work on it, the more sustained these gains will be over the long run!

"if we get our hand speed to move faster, that club head is going to move faster."

It seems simple right? Hands move faster, the club moves faster! If that's the case, why is everyone so enamored with "increasing club head speed" and not focused on what is controlling that club head?

Average PGA Tour hand speed is between 19-21 mph, and while most club golfers will struggle to reach that level of speed, this technique will certainly help any golfer move those hands faster!

Additionally, while the amount of hand speed produced is important, where it occurs is just as important as Zach shows here.

The Drill: Grip the driver similar to how you would hold a hockey stick. Work on whipping it through the downswing and then STOPPING when the lead arm reaches parallel to the ground. Check out the full video for more details!

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