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Go Further - Smash Factor Explained

Improving your distance is about being more efficient in transferring energy from the club to the ball, its not all based on how centered the strike is (even though this does help)

Smash Factor is simple the answer to the equation ball speed divided by club speed. This number relates to the amount of energy transferred from club head to ball during impact.

The higher the smash factor the better the energy transfer, we would hope to achieve a smash factor near 1.50 on driver shots.

Justin Thomas is one of professional golfs best with the driver


That means for a 100 mph club speed the ball speed would be 150 mph. As we go down the clubs (More Loft) the lower the smash factor is expected to be. With a PW we would be aiming for around 1.25 as a Smash Factor.


Player X has a club speed of 100 mph and a smash factor of 1.40. Their ball speed is 140 mph.

Player Y has a club speed of 100 mph and a smash factor of 1.50. Their ball speed is 150 mph.

The 10 mph difference in ball speed between Player X and Player Y equates to approximately 20 yards in distance between the two golfers even though they have the same club speed. Player Y transfers the energy more efficiently.

To find out what your Smash Factor is and how to improve upon it and Go Further off the tee. Contact Rory (

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