How to Measure Golf Swing Speed

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To measure golf swing speed you can use a small radar, a more sophisticated launch monitor or an indoor facility set up to measure ball speeds. Determine how you can measure the speed of your swing with tips from a professional golf instructor in this free video on golf tips.

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Video Transcript

Hello! My name is Conan Elliott and I'm the director of Instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today we're going to talk about how to measure swing speed. The materials we need for this today are a ball speed indicator which could be a small radar operated machine, or a more sophisticated launch monitor, and a driving range, or an indoor facility that's set up to measure ball speeds. And of course, a golf ball and a golf club. Swing speed is very, very, very important for us to know. Not in the fact that how to swing but in how to measure clubs to fit us. Almost known clubs today are fitted without knowing the swing speed of the golf club. There's two basic elements that you can use. There's a small tool which I have here that's actually radar which is a very, very, very good tool to use that measures the speed of the golf club through impact. There's also many, many, many more sophisticated models now that they call launch monitors. Launch monitors not only measure your swing speed but the ball that the angle of the ball is coming off, the speed of the ball, and the angle that the ball is coming off, left or right. The spin that's on it, the spin rate that's on it. All those things are very, very important in being able to measure the swing speed that you want. If the swing speed isn't something that you need on your own, you can find small models of these at a relatively inexpensive. Most swings speed machines are very very expensive, anywhere from 300 up to 20,000 dollars. To measure swing speed is in sophisticated models. But what they do is they measure the speed of the golf club through impact. So we set the, we would set it on zero, I set it on telling me I'm using a driver, we set up and take a driver, we swing. When the golf club comes through impact then we get a reading as to the speed that I actually was moving through the ball. This is Conan Elliott, Camas Meadows telling you how to measure swing speed.


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