How Fast Is Your Swing?

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

36 Responses to “How Fast Is Your Swing?”

  1. September 12, 2012


    I use the SSRTT. It is a very useful tool to give some feedback to gain confidence. I wish it was back lit or something because most of the time I get to the driving range is at night.


    • September 14, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Wade, Yes, I really this the Swing Speed Radar. Quick and easy to use.

    • December 15, 2017


      I just had some young guys who really pound it try the Swing Speed Radar and they clocked 155, 155, and 161! No it was not on km/hr but mph. I wonder if the machine is reliable at such a high velocity since they say track man shows 120 to 125 normally for them. I was thrilled to be at 104 so I think it may be correct in swings of mere mortals. Your thoughts?

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        December 15, 2017

        Paul Wilson


        I would think that is a faulty SSR. I stood right beside Mike Dobbyn 2007 Remax long drive champ. He got it to 152. So there is no way it was accurate for those guys. He hit the longest ball in the world at 551 in a tournament.

        We should email the manufacturer about it. Can you email me that story and I will forward it to him.

  2. November 27, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    What is the diference between Swing speed (what I understood is equal to club head speed) and tempo? Is it something like rythm of the sequences?

    Thanks for all the other great things your tips have done for my golf until today!


    • November 28, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      The tempo is what speed you are swinging at and how consistent you repeat this speed over numerous swings. The clubhead speed is the overall speed of the club as you swing it.

  3. December 26, 2012



    Guess what I got for Christmas! Playing around with SSR with different clubs what kind of speeds should I expect to see? How much difference is there between a driver and pitching wedge? What would be the best way to use it? Challenge myself to get speeds higher while staying “effortless”?


    • December 26, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      There should have been a card included showing swing speeds. They will vary with the different level of golfer. You have seen me around 116 with driver. I haven’t used it for other clubs.

      Just carry it with you and use it to measure your swing speed over time. It is not about whacking away at it trying to see how high you can get it to go. I know you will do this the first time you use it. After that track it over time. Keep working on increasing the rotational speed of your body and loosening your wrists and you will see your speed gradually increase. Hit it as hard as you can with your arms and it will go slower.

  4. I always practise at home with the SSRT .It ‘ s amazing how small changes to your set up ,the loseness of your wrists ,the flexibility of your hips ,the push on your right big toe influences the clubhead speed !

    • Raymond,

      Exactly. This is why the Swing Speed Radar is a great training aid. It proves that these things are improving your swing. Keep using it.

  5. November 7, 2013


    Is there anything like this available in Australia?

    • November 8, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I’m sure there are other ones in Australia. Just do a search for “portable launch monitors.” These are doppler radar which have to be licensed in your country which is why they are not available there at this time.

  6. December 9, 2013


    Bought the SSRT and began to “air swing” with my sand wedge … 70 MPH was my “natural” swing speed. After working on loosening up … I mean REALLY loosening up … my sand wedge (no ball strike, just air swing) is 95-99. Driver speed (again no ball strike, just an “air swing”) is 125ish … top speed to date is 134 MPH with an “air swing”.

    Unbelievable how much swing speed I’ve picked up by NOT swinging hard. I have also turned a consistent fade into a baby draw.

    Could not be happier! My playing partners marvel at how “easy” my swing looks … used to to grunt, but no more. I love playing “effortless” golf.

    • December 9, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great that you are loosening up the arms and increasing your swing speed. I hope everyone is reading this. It is not about how strong you are. It about how lose you are and how you are powering the swing with your legs and hips.

      Keep up the good work.

  7. Hi Paul;
    I’m considering a new set of clubs & am wondering what I’ll lose by going back to reg flex from senior? Graphite. Thanks.

    • Michael,

      You may not lose anything. If you feel your swing is getting better then going to a little stiffer flex would be advantageous. Give them a try and see if there is a difference versus your older clubs.

  8. Thanks Paul;
    My only concern is losing some much needed distance.

    • Michael,

      So you need to be working on a loser wrist hinge and faster body rotation. This device allows you to see if you are improving.

      • I’ve had the device for quite some time but don’t use it much. When I did, I was trying to swing my arms faster which you already know is the last thing I should be doing. Thanks anyway.

  9. Funny you should mention the looser wrist hinge. Until today, I thought my wrists were loose enough until I noticed your swing in a video on “making the club feel heavy”. I found that if I loosened my grip a bit more, which I also felt was loose enough but wasn’t, my wrists hinged more easily & with my hip turn, the weight of the club actually pulled me into the proper follow thru position without losing my balance. As you stated in the video, it helped my arms to lengthen which is a flaw I’ve had for a long time, now being able to swing to a finish rather than letting my arms begin folding too soon as in the past which was costing me distance & causing a lower trajectory than I should have. Learning something new every day, even from your older videos. Seeing positive results certainly makes practicing more fun.

  10. October 21, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    since my subscription with you, have managed to shave off 12 to 15 strokes, and it keeps improving with every tip of yours.

    I have a question, have bought one of the swing speed radars and been using it for practice,
    have noticed that I am able to reach upto 102 mph with my 3 wood, but with my driver only
    able to achieve maximum 92 mph, and with my 7 iron, not more than 80 mph, am I doing something wrong??

    thanks for your comments.

    with best regards
    Joyee, Dubai, U.A.E.

    • October 21, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great news. I love hearing about it.

      The Driver the club you want to hit hardest. The harder you hit the tighter your wrists the slower the club swings. Try again but keep your wrists really lose and feel your body powering it. Then you will see the speed go up.

  11. February 3, 2015


    This is my first day of the trial period and I watched your video on loose wrists. Went to the range and used your drill for wrists and. Wow!!! 20-30 yard longer on my woods and straight! What a difference. Can’t wait to see more tips.

    One other thing. I sure would like to see videos on product reviews of clubs with you or your average students trying them out. Callaway. Ping. Taylormade. Nike. Etc. Maybe some trackman or gc2 tracking too. Equipment selection and product reviews would really be valuable.


    • February 4, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you are doing well with the tips. I appreciate the feedback.

      I will see about review products with clubs. Might be a good idea. Thanks.

  12. December 30, 2015


    Hi Paul:
    I’ve watched a number of your videos that display swing speed. I’m interested in the one with TEMPO. Are there any videos in your library about SSR with TEMPO ? If not, would you consider doing one to show how TEMPO affects/enhances the golf swing . I’ve never thought about tempo, but since I’ve been using your “powerless arms swing” I’ve noticed that my backswing is significantly slower. I’d like to figure out a tempo for me, by perhaps slow counting or something?

    PS. Our Canadian dollar is not helping my cause !!!!!!

    Thanks Paul

  13. December 31, 2015


    I’ll pay your price for tips any day of the week ! Lousy dollar or not !!

  14. I notice they have swing speed apps for you android and tempo programs for your Android. Is this device more effective than these smart phone apps!

    • Jerry,

      Not sure. I would have to know which ones and try them. I have tried one of the popular ones. Problem is you need to look at your phone everytime. The SSR is so easy. Hit your shot. See your speed. Simple.

  15. March 20, 2018


    Just started signed up for the tips and bought the body swing program. I have been using it for four days, and I have been following the steps without getting off track by trying to implement my own swing theories like some people do. I can say as of today, when I finish my practice session, my back does not hurt or fell sore. I’m yet to compare distance, since I’m a realist and believe magic does not occur over night. So far the new swings techniques I’m learning have made my body feel more relax when I swing and usually pain free after practice. One of the best tips I have gotten are the short games tips. I know a lot of people are all about distance, but they fail to realized the awesome short game instruction you offer.

    My only question today is how do you compare the speed reading of the SSR compare to the swingbyte device you attach to your shaft?

    Juan Francisco-Gonzalez

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      March 21, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Glad to have you on board and glad you are doing well. Just keep working on it one step at a time as you are. Build a great swing. A great swing hits great shots.

      Glad you see the importance of the short game. This is vital if you want to score.

      I don’t know the comparison as I have not used the Swing Byte. The SSR is higher than a Trackman. To get the same numbers as Trackman you move it about 14″ away not 8″ as they recommend. The Swing Caddie is almost identical to Trackman so this is the unit I am using now.

      • March 27, 2018


        WOW…I usually hit my driver 240 yards and that is with roll. Today my swing was smooth and it felt very slow, yet I carried the ball 260 yards, the fairways were wet so the ball got stuck, but WOW!!! I have been woking on this program for two weeks now. I have been using the flexibility and mental tips as well. The people I played with today complimented me on the easy smooth swing. I wish, I could have done this ten years ago when I started playing. None of my previous PGA pros have address some of the things I’m learning here for half the price.

  16. March 8, 2019


    Paul- is there any reason to purchase both the SSR and the SC200? Does the SC200 do the same things and can I just buy it only?

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      March 11, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Comparing the 2 I like the SC200 better. It does more and is more comparable to Trackman which is the standard. You can get the SSR to compare by moving it 18″ away instead of 8″ away. The manufacturer stands by his numbers though. The SSR is just swing speed and tempo. The SC200 is swing speed, ball speed, smash factor and carry distance. I also like the voice telling me the yardage. Let me know and I will send you my discount link.

      • March 11, 2019


        Paul- thank you as you confirmed my thinking. Yes, please send me the link for the SC200 discount. Thanks again so much! See you in May for your class.

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