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