The common issue many Golfers have is that when they want to hit the golf ball farther … they usually hit a worse than average shot. As the result is often a shot that is short, or flies into the trees, weeds, or water.
Why is it that when you try to swing harder … you hit bad golf shots? It has to do with the various parts of your body not working in synchronization. Meaning, when a Golfer tries to swing with more power … the brain doesn’t know how to get you into impact at that faster speed.
Which results in your golf swing becoming unbalanced as your mind and muscles are confused.
Think of it this way: The clubhead of a PGA Tour Player is moving between 110 mph and 125 mph as he hits the golf ball with his Driver. The average 90 Golfer has a clubhead speed of between 75 mph and 95 mph.
So how can a PGA Tour Player have their golf club moving 30 mph faster than yours, yet they stay more fluid, balanced and consistent?
The #1 Factor is they know how to get into a consistent impact. The Tour Player has learned how to move their body into a position that allows their golf club to smoothly go through the golf ball. The Golfers you play with aren’t getting into that consistent ballstriking position.
Because most Golfers do not know what a consistent impact feels like … they don’t know how to get there. These Golfers are too focused on turning their shoulders, turning their hips, getting parallel at the top, swinging inside to out, blah, blah, blah … because that’s what they hear all the time.
Yet, if you do not know what impact should feel like … none of the above matters as all the power you were trying to create will be sabotaged.
Which means, that if you want a consistent golf swing … you need to be studying what impact feels like. This is accomplished by using certain drills that force you to feel your impact position.
You’d be amazed at the percentage of Golfers that are in the same position at impact as they are at set-up. Thus, they lose distance, top the golf ball, slice the golf ball, as well as continually create new compensations in their golf swing because of this error.
Once you start to feel where you should be at impact, you then continue with drills that allow you to learn how to move into impact. Thus, first you’re learning what impact feels like, and then you’re learning how to move into it.
Unfortunately for you, most Golf Instruction is based on trying to work on different parts of your golf swing before working on your impact. However, this is completely backwards! A consistent impact influences the rest of your golf swing. The rest of your golf swing doesn’t teach you impact!
Thus, that is why the majority of Golfers do not improve as they continue to struggle with the same swing faults year after year!
If you want to improve: first commit to learning what your impact position is. Then learn how to move into it.
The Monkey is working on more shoulder turn, hip turn, lag, blah, blah, blah, in the hope of finding more distance
The Player is spending their time working on impact
Go ahead, Be a Player!
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life