Category: Distance

Stop Swinging Too Hard With Your Driver!

There’s nothing more satisfying than walking off the 18th green knowing that you hit your Driver well all day. So to have that happen more often … when hitting your Driver – should you try to:

A) Swing with more effort than you swing your pitching wedge

B) Swing with less effort than you swing your pitching wedge

C) Swing with the same effort as you swing your pitching wedge

We often see the greatest improvement from Golfers when they learn to allow for the same amount of effort with their Driver as they are using with their pitching wedge … and simply trusting the club to do the work!

It’s frustrating when a Golfer knows that he/she shouldn’t swing so hard, yet slice after slice – we continue to do it! “Oh, dang it … I just tried to kill that golf ball!”

Though, at GMS we’ve found that many of the Golfers that feel as if they’re swinging too hard … are actually struggling because they decelerate with their Driver.

Deceleration? Why Does It Feel As If You’re Swinging Too Hard?

There are two ways you may decelerate, yet feel as if you’re swinging too hard –

1. you could be slowing your body on the forward swing … which causes your arms to fling forward without much control like a slingshot. Although, many Golfers blame their arms … it’s the body stopping that caused the arms to fling forward without control

2. your arms could be slowing down (because you’re trying to swing slower) while your body continues to move as it should – which may give you the feeling of “I’m getting too far ahead of the ball … I feel like I’m lunging at the ball”.

Either way – it’ll appear to others (and to yourself) that you’re swinging too hard because the swing didn’t look smooth.

Yet, in reality, all that’s happening is that either your arms or body is decelerating. And because you looked and felt so discombobulated – it feels and appears as if you’re swinging too hard.

Yes, deceleration is often pegged to other shots/clubs such as chips, wedges and putting … but, it does also happen many times with Driver. Because the accumulation of constantly being told that you’re swinging too hard has Golfers standing over the golf ball repeating “swing nice ‘n easy, nice ‘n easy, nice ‘n easy”. Which may contribute to you decelerating.

Fortunately, all that maybe happening is that your arms or body is decelerating. And because you looked so out of control – it appears as if you were swinging harder than you should.

Though – if you’re body and arms are moving together at any speed – it would appear as if you had made a smooth golf swing. As the typical PGA Tour Pro swings his Driver at 120 mph and the average 90 shooter swings at 85 mph … yet, the Pro looks smoother while swinging at 35 mph faster!

Believe me, I wish I could give you a guaranteed way to never swing too hard or too slow again. However, learning to have your arms and body working together is a great place to start!

And … next week … we begin a new video series on how to get your body and arms working together for a smoother, more consistent golf swing. Be on the lookout for our next issue of Golf Improvement Weekly!

The Happy Golfer finds consistency with their Driver by understanding how to get their arms and body working together to produce a smooth swing

The Monkey swings too hard, then swings too easy, then swings too hard, then …Go ahead, Be a Happy Golfer!

Regards,

Marc Solomon, PGA – Your Instructor For Life
www.GolfMadeSimple.com

‘The Solution – What Moves Your Golf Swing?’ (video) Golf Improvement Weekly

This week … we’re going to start speaking about and demonstrating the ‘Cause’ of the issues creating frustration in your golf swing. In prior weeks … we’ve spoken about the ‘Effects’ that most Golfers are struggling to correct in their golf swing.

How much have you focused on your Center of Gravity when practicing and/or playing? Well, if you haven’t … you should! Your Center of Gravity dictates how well your arms, hips and legs move together when swinging your golf club.

What does a happy, successful Golfer think about and try to do in their golf swing?

What does the frustrated Golfer think about and try to do?

What Moves Your Golf Swing – Golf Improvement Weekly from Marc Solomon, PGA Professional on Vimeo.

Are You Coming Over The Top In Your Golf Swing? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘Over The Top, Outside In, Casting … Why Can’t I Stop?’

The over-taught golf swing often creates problems … rather than solving them. One of these swing issues is often mis-diagnosed as a ‘Cause’ … when in fact, it’s an ‘Effect’.
“If I could fix my over the top swing …I could hit the ball better!”
Yet, the more things you try to incorporate into your golf swing … the more bouts of inconsistency you need to battle against.

Why You May Have Trouble Completing Your Follow Through (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘Are You Hanging Back And Having Trouble Finishing Your Swing?!’

A huge number of Golfers tell us they have trouble shifting their weight & following through … which causes them to lose distance and accuracy!
“If I could just shift my weight and complete my swing … I’d be happy!”
It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do … but, why do so many Golfers consistently have trouble finishing their swing?

Driver Distance Equates To Easier Second Shots

As most Golf Professionals are pushing “you need to improve your short game to improve your scores” … we are pushing – “find the weakest part of your game and improve it so that you can lower your scores.”

And in reality – the weakest part of most Golfers game is their Driver. Yes, there are Golfers that hit their Driver well enough to easily get on the green (with a 7 iron or less) in two shots on a Par 4. However, that small select group may make-up about 20% of all Golfers.
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In Golf, Distance Is Important!

What can you do to hit the golf ball farther? The common issue many Golfers have is that they try to swing either their hands, arms, upper body, hips or legs harder, yet all this does for most Golfers is cause you to hit inconsistent golf shots.

The urge to hit the golf ball farther is not a new phenomenon. Golfers have wanted to hit the golf ball farther since the creation of the game. As the best selling golf magazines and the best selling golf clubs of this generation are always advertising: “Hit the golf ball 10 yards farther!” The best selling golf magazines and golf clubs back in the early 1900’s advertised using the exact same jargon.
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How Are Your 200 Yard Golf Shots?

How many times do you expect to hit your golf ball onto the green from over 200 yards away? Well, before you read anymore, please say your answer aloud so that you’re committed to your answer throughout this article. It will come in handy as we go forward!

Now, before we talk about the number you selected according to the question above, let’s see how the best in the world do from over 200 yards away. On the PGA Tour, they rank the top 180 Golfers for each statistical category, so to make this simple, I’m going to give you the stat for the 90th ranked PGA Tour Player as far as how far their golf ball ends away from the hole on shots from 200 to 225 yards away.
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How To Hit the Golf Ball Farther

Hitting the golf ball farther should be a priority of yours. If you look at the top Golfers in the world – the majority of them hit the golf ball a good distance. The problem is that many Golfers continually hit bad golf shots because of their quest to hit the golf ball farther.

For the struggling Golfer – hitting the golf ball longer usually comes down to swinging harder. For the Player – hitting the golf ball longer comes down to having an efficient golf swing so that every part of your body is moving together. There’s a huge difference between these two strategies.
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