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do slower swing speeds originate from casting

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Thread Starter 
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I have a very slow swing speed. like 60 mph with a 6 iron slow. I'm an inshape, six foot, twentyone year old male. I should be capable of faster. I believe I have a serious casting issue. ie I tend to unhinge my wrists almost immediately at the start of the downswing. I usually make good contact but they don't go far. 140 with the 6. the casting is what is causing the severely slow SS correct? thanks.
post #2 of 15

Carrying what? A golf bag? :hmm: I carry all the time and don't have a casting issue. 

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Thread Starter 
...I didn't mention anything about carrying. or if I did. I still haven't figured out where..
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Carrying what? A golf bag? b5_confused.gif  I carry all the time and don't have a casting issue. 
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...I didn't mention anything about carrying. or if I did. I still haven't figured out where..

The title of the thread? 

 

do slower swing speeds originate from carrying

 

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...I didn't mention anything about carrying. or if I did. I still haven't figured out where..

 

 

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The title of the thread? 

 

do slower swing speeds originate from carrying

 

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My bad. Probably a typo. Casting is usually related to a bad (or non-existent) weight shift which makes it harder to achieve a flat left wrist. I'd look up some key#2 drills and see if they help. 

post #6 of 15
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I'm an idiot. that's supposed to say casting. how do I fix that
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The title of the thread? 

do slower swing speeds originate from carrying




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I'm an idiot. that's supposed to say casting. how do I fix that

It happens, no big deal. You can pm a moderator and they can fix it.

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I'm an idiot. that's supposed to say casting. how do I fix that

Paging @boogielicious Clean up in aisle 7 please. Lol. A mod will fix it when they get a chance.

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
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My bad. Probably a typo. Casting is usually related to a bad (or non-existent) weight shift which makes it harder to achieve a flat left wrist. I'd look up some key#2 drills and see if they help. 
I'll definitely look some up. so it does lower swing speeds then?
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I'll definitely look some up. so it does lower swing speeds then?

It might. It can also add loft, because you're flipping through impact, which will also result in a loss of distance. 

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It might. It can also add loft, because you're flipping through impact, which will also result in a loss of distance. 
so that would effectively turn my six into say a nine? because I'm more or less sco oping?
post #12 of 15

The most important thing here is to first understand the correct sequence in the downswing what we call the kinematic sequence. It's the order that your body parts fire and accelerate on the way down to the ball. This order should be hips, then shoulders and then arms. This basically means that you are going to leave your hands and club alone until they fire at impact. Without seeing your swing it is of course impossible for me to determine if you are in fact firing in the correct sequence. 

The instinct to hit with your hands can be very strong. There are many effective drills you can do to delay your release:

The Chase the Ball Drill helps you stop chunking and hitting behind the ball by training you to get your weight through the shot.
 

  1. Place your golf ball in your stance just outside your front foot, so it is positioned a bit more forward of where you typically have it.
  2. Take swings and focus on hitting the ball (which is out in front of where it normally is) essentially causing your body to "chase" the ball forward. This gets your weight forward upon impact.

 

 


The Move the Angles Drill teaches you how to release your club properly at the moment of impact. Releasing the club too soon results in loss of power and control. Move the Angles Drill will show you how to maintain power and control until the last possible second. 
 

  1. Take the club to the top of your back swing and notice the angle that you form with your rear wrist and the one that you form with your rear elbow. These angles should be close to 90 degrees. Think of these angles as your power package.
  2. To learn to move these angles with your pivot, simply leave them intact and unwind until your club shaft is parallel to the ground using your hips, back and shoulder muscles. Do this a couple of times to get the feel of moving the angles with your big muscles.
  3. After doing 2 or 3 pumps from the top of the swing, down to where your club is parallel to the ground and back up again, hit a ball without resetting yourself at address. A lot of repetition is needed here to get the feel of releasing later and at the point of impact. Soon enough, you feel yourself releasing at the ball or after and gaining power and control over your shots.





Having a good impact position is crucial as well so try the Impact Pre-Set Drill: Simply set up to the ball with a normal address position and then forward press your hands so the shaft leans forward, open your hips to the target and lift your rear heel off of the ground. Make sure to keep your head behind the ball. A common mistake is for golfers to lunge forward with their head passed the ball as they try to turn their hips and shift their weight. Start your golf swing from this impact position. Be sure to plant your rear heel on the way up to make a normal backswing and then turn your body back into proper impact alignments as fast as you can. Practice this with all of your clubs to learn correct impact alignments.

The benefits of practicing perfect impact alignments is to get your club face squarely on the back of the ball. Having the proper wieght shift and body alignments will bring your hands to the ball before the club head with a forward leaning shaft. This will result in a de-lofted club face and pressure going down into the golf ball adding an increase in distance, spin and control.

post #13 of 15

If you are right handed, make sure you are not letting your right hand dominate the down swing. If your right hand is unhinging to quickly (no lag) that can cause casting. That is one cause of casting, and there are several more. Losing the lag too early will cost you distance.

 

When I cast the club, I am usually trying to over power my left hand, with my right hand. Trying to get some extra club head speed, which of course does not work real well. 

 

Concentrate on keeping your lag, and let your left hand pull the club head down. I would not worry too much about your distance, I only hit my 6i about 160, and can still scare the heck out of 80. I expect to be breaking 80  shortly with that same club distance. 

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I guess control is more important than distance...i think the macho man inside me just expects that I should be able to swing faster than that. then again,i guess there's a reason why my handicap is through the roof... lol
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If you are right handed, make sure you are not letting your right hand dominate the down swing. If your right hand is unhinging to quickly (no lag) that can cause casting. That is one cause of casting, and there are several more. Losing the lag too early will cost you distance.

When I cast the club, I am usually trying to over power my left hand, with my right hand. Trying to get some extra club head speed, which of course does not work real well. 

Concentrate on keeping your lag, and let your left hand pull the club head down. I would not worry too much about your distance, I only hit my 6i about 160, and can still scare the heck out of 80. I expect to be breaking 80  shortly with that same club distance. 
post #15 of 15

@cbrister

 

A lot of things can contribute to slower swing speeds.  If you post your swing in the Members Swings section, perhaps the issue could be identified.   I could be something simple.

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