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Discussing Hand Speed - Use Your Whole Body For Power

Hand Speed Discussion

Hand speed is generated by the amount of force created by the body. In order to create force, we need to activate a large volume of muscles, and we need to activate the muscles at a high rate. Sequencing the activation of the muscles can help the muscles activate at a higher rate than if you did so without delay.

Playlists: Pivot Drills, Get More Distance

Tags: Not Enough Distance, Concept, Advanced, Intermediate

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This video, we're going to discuss handspeating clubhead speed.

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So I've had a couple of questions this week about the X factor or why we want to sequence

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things from the ground up.

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How it relates to creating speed, you know, kind of what's the purpose of using your

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hips, what's the purpose of using your whole body, et cetera.

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So I thought I would try to simplify that in a video, helping you understand how all of this

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relates to handspeating and how handspeating relates to clubbed speed and ultimately

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clubbed speed relates to ball speed.

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So the simple answer is in the golf swing, if we're trying to maximize this distance,

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we're trying to get our hands moving as fast as we can so that we can get the clubhead

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moving as fast as we can.

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If we maximize the launch characteristics with the fast moving clubbed, that's how we maximize

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So now the question is, well, why, you know, how do I create handspeat?

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How do I get my hand moving?

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So there's a couple principles at play, but basically the greater force we can apply

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to our hands in this rotational direction, the faster we're going to get our hands moving.

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Now I can use any part of my body to get my hands moving.

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So if I'm standing here, I can have my hand out in front of me and I can use my feet

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against the ground to get it moving like this.

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Or I could get my hips moving and use less of my actual foot flexors, foot extensions.

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I could use just my hips to kind of get my hand moving.

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Or I could just use my shoulder.

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So I can use any part of my body in order to get my hand moving.

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There's a general rule that the greater the volume of muscle, the more force I can create.

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So if I can use all the muscles in my body or at least the biggest muscles in my body,

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I can create more force and I can get that hand moving a whole lot faster.

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So then it gets into sequencing and why would I want to sequence from the ground up?

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Well, there's a couple different reasons why I'd want to use my hips and sequence from

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the ground up.

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The more that I can get the big muscles of my lower body involved, then my ribcage

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is already moving.

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So when I use the muscles of my ribcage, it's going to move it faster.

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So let's say I rotate my hips at 200 degrees per second.

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And my ribcage is kind of hanging out at 200 degrees per second just because it's tied to

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my ribcage or to my pelvis.

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Then when my ribcage goes, let's say it adds another 200 degrees per second.

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And now it's totally, it gets my hand moving at 400 degrees per second.

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Where if I just move my ribcage at 200 degrees per second without moving my pelvis, then my hand

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is only going 200 degrees per second.

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Those numbers are not very accurate to what's happening in the golf swing, but the principle

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is kind of a plot.

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So the more that I can use, the more that I can use non-armor-laden muscles to get my hand

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moving faster, then when I apply my arm-related muscles to move my hand even faster, I'm

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going to have an exponential gain.

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If I just use my arm muscles to get my hand moving, typically I'm using less volume, so

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I'm not going to have as much force to create the speed in my hand that I would want

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to hit the ball far.

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The other reason I want to sequence from the ground up is a topic that was once described

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as kind of a short-stretched cycle, but has now been kind of, it's more about a greater

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magnitude of force in the muscle when you start to activate it.

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So that one's a little tricky and I'll explain it, but just know that the sequencing

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helps create more muscle activity which helps create more hand speed.

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So the analogy that is frequently used with that is a vertical jump versus a running jump.

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So let's say I'm doing just a one-footed jump kind of like this, or you let me run

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up as fast as I can and then I'm going to jump.

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In the second one where you let me run up, I'm going to be able to jump higher.

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Now they've debated about why, but there seems to be a pretty clear answer, or at least

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a current theory that makes a lot of sense.

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So what'll happen is if I'm just standing here and I bend my leg and then I jump, what

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will happen is let's say I'm, let's look at just the quad.

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So I bend the leg and I go to jump as I'm bending down, I activate the quad and that'll

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help stop me from lowering and then I'm going to continue activating it, hopefully creating

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enough force that I get my whole body propelled up off the ground.

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So I'm able to overcome my body weight, overcome gravity and elevate my body.

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Now if I run and then plant this foot, the same muscles in my quad that are going to help

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me jump are going to help deselerate my body moving this way.

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So I'm going to activate those muscles and get them active, a greater percentage than

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if I just stood here and jump.

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So using the same muscles to deselerate and then activate is going to allow that muscle

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to activate at a higher percentage.

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So basically when it gets active, it's firing at a higher volume or it's at a higher intensity.

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So I'm using let's say 80% of my muscle instead of 60% of my muscle so I jump higher.

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So it's a little trickier when we get into the rotation of the golf swing, but basically

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what would happen is if I use the muscles in my lower body, I'm creating this stretch

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that's activating the muscles so that when I then go to fire them they're going to activate

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at a slightly higher rate.

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So if I can fluidly sequence my lower body upper body arms and club in theory it allows

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me to then create more handspeed easier because I'm activating the muscles in the proper

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order which gives me kind of more time and more force to apply at each segment and I'm

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using a great volume of muscles to help create that handspeed.

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So hopefully that makes sense.

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Something that you see about using your legs, using your hips, creating an X factor,

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creating shoulder leg, creating wrist leg, it's really all about creating maximum

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The faster you can get your hands moving, the more you're going to contribute speed to

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the clubbed and the more you contribute speed to the clubbed the further you're going

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to hit the ball.

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So hopefully that helps clarify why we want to use a high volume of muscles and we want

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those muscles to activate at a kind of intense rate.

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We want them to be able to create a lot of force.

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That combination is going to create the clubbed speed that will help you hit the ball

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