What is Smash Factor in Golf?

Category: Playing the Game and Other Challenges
Smash Factor in golf explained

Clue

Effortless power is much more satisfying than powerless effort.

Answer

Smash factor is the ratio of ball speed to clubhead speed. The higher the smash factor, the more efficient the transfer of energy from club to ball.

More about the Smash Factor

A higher smash factor equates to more distance for a given clubhead speed if all other variables are the same.  To optimise your smash factor,  you need to strike the golf ball in the centre of the club face with a neutral club path, both horizontally and vertically.  The proliferation of launch monitors has revealed the smash factor and facilitated its improvement by both professionals and amateurs alike.  You can determine your smash factors and then compare them to your favourite professional as listed on Tour websites.