Ball Speed Golf

Ball Speed is the speed of the golf ball immediately after impact.

Ball speed is created by club speed and impact. Bad impact such as shots hit on the toe or heel will reduce the potential ball speed. “Glancing blows” created by hooks, slices, and hitting too much down on the ball can also reduce the potential ball speed.

Although a golfer’s club speed is key to potential distance, the ball speed that is created at impact is the biggest factor in how far the ball actually carries. Gaining 1 mph of ball speed can increase your driver distance by up to 2 yards.

The highest recorded ball speed is 225 mph by former long drive champion Ryan Louw. 

Technical Definition

Ball Speed - The speed of the golf ball’s center of gravity immediately after separation from the club face



Averages

PGA TOUR

  • Driver – 167 mph

LPGA Tour

  • Driver - 139 mph
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TrackMan Combine Averages


Male Amateur (Driver)

  • Scratch of Better – 161 mph
  • 5 HCP – 147 mph
  • 10 HCP – 138 mph
  • Average Golfer (14.5) – 133 mph
  • Bogey Golfer – 131 mph


Female Amateur (Driver)

  • Scratch or Better – 131 mph
  • 5 HCP – 125 mph
  • 10 HCP – 119 mph
  • 15 HCP – 111 mph
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Read what our TrackMan University Masters say about Ball Speed...


Chris Brook 
PGA International Golf Coach, UK 

“One of my players periodically loses 18-20 yards of distance with his driver. This occurs when his ball position moves too close towards center. Some months earlier whilst we were working on developing an upward attack angle, we discovered that through moving his ball position in line with his left toe his ball speed dramatically increased from 152 mph to 166 mph. Since then, whenever his ball speed reduces we always look at ball position first.”


Richard Woodhouse
KDV Sports. Australia

“When addressing the collision sequence with the student, I will see an increased ball speed as a result of a more centered strike. It is common to see a face to path separation and a decreased ball speed number. As soon as we match face angle to club path we achieve more compression on the ball creating an increase in ball speed.” 


Christoph Bausek
Progressive Golf, Austria

“Ball Speed is one of the most important factors for distance. If the correlation of club speed and ball speed do not match my expectations, then I will have a look at spin rate, spin axis, and other factors around impact. Often off-center hits are involved, so I keep a close eye on where the contact is being made on the club face.”


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More Ball Parameters:

Smash Factor

Smash Factor

The ratio between the Ball Speed and the Club Speed

Launch Angle

Launch Angle

The angle the ball takes off at relative to the ground.

Spin Rate

Spin Rate

The amount of spin on the golf ball immediately after impact.

Carry

Carry

The distance the ball travels through the air