Components of Distance

Smash Factor

Smash Factor is the calculation made by taking your Ball Speed and dividing it by your Club Head Speed. The higher your number, the more efficient your transfer of power to the golf ball will be. The transfer of power is maximized by hitting the ball on the sweet spot with a square clubface. This is why someone with a slower swing speed can hit the ball further than someone with a faster swing speed. The average PGA Tour players have a Smash Factor of 1.48.


The above example demonstrates that swinging harder has very little to do with hitting the ball far. The average golfer that doesn't efficiently hit the ball will be 38 yards behind a tour player and 42 yards behind a maximized golfer, yet they will all be swinging at the exact same swing speed. Simply put, if you can learn to hit the ball efficiently, you will hit the ball further.