The relationship between the speed of your swing and the distance the golf ball travels is a complex issue. The distance does not necessarily and directly correlate to the speed at which a golfer swings his or her club and subsequent energy imparted to the ball on impact. The important variables to remember are the loft of the club, the climate, and the launch angle involved in the shot.
The top PGA players have a swing speed average between 105 and 110 mph. The fastest recorded swings are made by professional long drivers who use non-conforming USGA shaft lengths, whereby the speed of these people range from 145 to 155 mph. The leading LPGA players have been measured between 90 and 100 mph. The average male golfer swings the club between 80 and 90 mph. The average female golfer swings between 60 and 70 mph. Senior golfers have an average speed of 55 to 85 mph.
It is possible to increase your swing speed. Many excercizes can build up the swing muscles. Certain types of swing aids can also help. Changing club swing weight, shafts, club heads, and even having your sticks MOI Speedmatched or FLO oriented can make a marked difference. It is important to note that a 1 mph swing-speed increase equates to a 3-yard improvement.
We do have an accurate portable swing-speed radar that will record the speed of the shot and use it during all of our Club Fitting sessions for a full set of clubs or just a single club such as the driver.
Furthermore, golf balls can be either low compression or high compression. The club face compresses the ball slightly when it strikes it, and in a manner of a few milliseconds the ball rebounds back to its original shape and then speeds up as it flies towards your target. If your swing speed is between 85-95 mph, you would benefit most from using a softer, low compression golf ball as opposed to a higher compression ball, which is harder to compress at impact.
We have a top-of-the-line Callaway Speed Monitor and can properly check your swing speed prior to re-shafting your club(s) or if you just want to know your swing speed for reference.