Center-Face & Smash-Factor

STEP 1: Find Center-face Consistently

When it comes to generating distance, the golden rule is center-face contact.Let’s first identify where on the face you are making contact. Apply foot powder or impact stickers to find out. Anything but center will affect ball speed, spin, curvature, and distance.

STEP 2: Understanding Smash-Factor

Smash-factor relates to the amount of energy transferred from the club head to the golf ball. The higher the smash-factor, the better
the energy transfer. A golfer would hope to achieve a smash-factor near 1.50 on driver shots. The higher the loft of the club, the lower the smash-factor is expected to be. A PW should have a smash-factor near 1.25.

Smash-factor influence on distance is significant. For example, Bill has a club speed of 100 mph and a smash-factor of 1.40. Bill’s ball speed is 140 mph. His buddy Sam has a club speed of 100 mph and a smash-factor of 1.50. Sam’s ball speed is 150 mph. The 10 mph difference in ball speed between Bill and Sam, equates to approximately 20 yards in distance, even though they have the same club speed. Hitting center-face optimizes smash-factor.