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Hip Speed vs. Hand Speed in Golf Swing

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How fast should the hips and hands move in the golf swing? Can the hips move "too fast" in the down swing? Will moving the hips faster move the clubhead faster?

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  • Research shows that maximizing hip speed does increase club head speed, but just by a few miles an hour
  • Keeping the hips as quiet as possible cut rotation speed in half, but improved consistency & control
  • Firing the hips as hard as possible contributes to back and hip strain
  • Analysis of pros' swings shows they do achieve high rotational speeds, but they do it much earlier in the swing
  • Hip speeds peak early in the transition, then decelerate into impact
  • Kinetic energy is transmitted up the chain, resulting in higher club head speed at release
  • The club is pulled down by the lower body movement, providing lag that also improves club head speed

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