I found an interesting little article from Plugged In Golf about club speed comparisons by age & gender.
I was surprised by my own placing in the category – perhaps it’s because I’m always comparing my swing speeds to the fastest swingers in pro golf & used to follow the long drive game until it became a little much hype-wise.
It’s not the biggest sample size (1,500), but I imagine better than nothing if you want to see where you are.
Here is the graph they provide on speeds broken down into percentile:
I was pleased to see that at age 48, when I was around 117-118 mph club speed, that figure would have put me into the 99th percentile, & the same if I’m around there at age 51.
You can also see the steep drop-off in speeds going from 30-39 (128.5 mph is in the 99th percentile) to the 40-49 age for males (114.5 mph).
That also solves a mystery for me, because I was in the high 120’s to low 130’s for sure in my late 30’s when I really began to bomb it on the course, where I was scratching my head at the TXG Golf facility in ’18 with the 117/118 mph range.
Factor in that I wasn’t hitting balls nearly as much as my nearly-every-day routine back then, in addition to being 9-10 years older, there was bound to be a drop-off, as much as it stung my pride.
Humbling, but Father Time is undefeated, isn’t he?
If you’re looking at the graph and are depressed/dissatisfied, then I have good news for you – my second summer playing golf, I can remember being wowed & excited the first time I hit a 250 yard drive. Two years later, I hit a drive of 330 yards and later that summer drove through a 325 yard par 4 hole with a 3 metal.
So, unless you’ve absolutely maxed out your speed & power (very unlikely, as I don’t even feel I myself have reached mine due to my improvement in technique over the past 12 months while working on the Post-Modern model), then you’ve room to improve & increase!
Hint: You’ll find faster & longer-lasting results in the technical area than you will the gym & weight room.