It’s true that professional golfers swing significantly faster than the rest of us (though the overall average might not be as high as you think), but crucially, they’re hitting the ball closer to the sweet spot more often. They’re connecting more solidly. We know because Smash Factor generally decreases the higher golfer’s handicap is.
Driver Smash Factor By Ability Level
PGA Tour player: 1.49
Scratch of Better: 1.49
5 HCP: 1.45
10 HCP: 1.45
Average Golfer (14.5): 1.44
Bogey Golfer: 1.43
Smash Factor maxes out at 1.50. The closer you are to that number, the more efficiently you’re transferring energy into the golf ball.
And that, Ruggiero says, is what you should be focusing on to increase distance. Reset your goal to making solid contact more often.
“Professional golfers are extremely good at finding the center of the clubface almost every time,” he says.
To help you do that, follow Ruggiero’s three golden rules from a previous video (which you can watch here):
- Look at your grip
- Neutralize your swing path
- Develop your pivot