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  1. Will

    It’s a good quote, especially regarding what you need in order to hit the ball as well and far as you’re capable at you present strength level. The danger here is that people (especially in golf) will take that to mean that strength is irrelevant as far as hitting the ball longer is concerned. As you yourself pointed out, despite your relatively average size, the strength of your hands and arms are well above average. I know you know this; I’m just throwing this out there as a thought. Being stronger, especially in the the right places, should lead to more length, given proper technique. In some cases, it leads to good length in the absence of good technique (me) 🙂

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  2. Calvin

    What Will says about strength seems logical and I grant that he might be correct but I take the opposite view. I have done strength training for golf specific muscles with no increase in length or ability. That is not conclusive evidence I know; I would love to see a controlled study done on it and with all the scientific studies on the golf swing that have been published it amazes me that no “Einstein” has put up his electrodes and done it.

    Recently I played nine with a HS sophomore who is maybe 5′ 6′ 130# and he hit it close to 100 yds past me. I could pick him up and wring him out like a towel.:) He just finished competing at State as an individual qualifier. I need to check how he fared.

    I vote yes on Monte’s quote.

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  3. wally

    Hitting the ball better will lead to hitting the ball farther. Finding your optimum swing keeping your head together will lead to better golf. If you are past fifty your strength will deminish over time. Exercise for flexibility is more important than power exercise. Playing golf will give you the muscles you need for golf. If you are not athletic, strenuous exercise can do more harm than good
    P.S. I do three miles road work a day (except in thunder storms)

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      That guy is…I don’t want to resort to name calling…incorrect.

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  4. Doug Benner

    I think arm strength is less important than hand and wrist strength. If you have weak hands and wrists, a lot of the energy of the swing will be dissipated by the “give” of the the club handle at impact.

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    • spanky

      Doug,

      “If you have weak hands and wrists, a lot of the energy of the swing will be dissipated by the “give” of the the club handle at impact.”

      Any chance you could give a bit more info on this? Haven’t heard of this before, and would like to understand it.

      cheers

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      • Doug Benner

        What I mean is that the club handle will move a little in your hands at impact if your hands are too weak. This will dissipate some of the energy. Just as if your grip on a hammer was too weak – the nail would not be driven into the wood as effectively.

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    • meateater

      This is totally incorrect. In terms of physics, the club head might as well be on a rope at impact. Trick shot artists actually hit balls with rubber shafts that flex like crazy. How firmly you hang onto the handle has no effect whatsoever.

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      • Doug Benner

        I respectfully disagree. Perhaps we are visualizing the situation differently. What you say is true as far as it goes but I think you are overlooking a key variable. If the clubhead was on a rope and the end of the rope which was opposite the clubhead was anchored loosely and was allowed to “give”, or become unstable, at impact, the distance achieved would not be as great as if the rope was firmly anchored. The hands are the anchor point and the less wobble there is at impact, the more energy will be imparted to the ball. Strong hands = less wobble. Try hitting a ball and let go of the club a microsecond prior to impact. Even though letting go of the club at that instant would not decrease clubhead speed, the ball would not travel as far.

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  5. Doug Benner

    Or, think of it another way. The ball does not immediately leave the clubface – rather it compresses first. The initial energy imparted to the ball at the instant of impact would be the same whether the club was held loosely or tightly, but when the club is held tightly more of the energy is conserved throughout the entire time that the ball is on the clubface. When the club is held loosely there is more of a rebound effect and the energy is dissipated and imparted to the arms as a feeling of vibration.

    Likewise, if you throw a ball at a stationary wall it bounces back further than a ball thrown the same speed at a wall moving away from you.

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