Category: Swing Power

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?

Is it OK to Bend My Left Arm? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘My Arm Is Bending … I Need To Keep It Straight!’

You’ve heard it a million times … and you’ve felt it happen more times than you want to admit!
“You need to keep your left arm straight … you need to stop chicken winging it on your follow-through!”
It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do … but, you can’t consistently control it even when you concentrate to make sure you it doesn’t bend.

Explosive Power In Your Golf Swing Isn’t Far Away!

We receive so many questions throughout the winter months about “what can I do in the colder months to work on my game?” So we started creating videos a few weeks ago about strengthening your golf swing.

And although many people are clamoring for golf mechanic specific videos … we believe the winter season is the perfect time to work on your golf swing by working on the mechanisms that allow you to produce consistent movements. In other words – if you improve your muscles by just 10% … you’ll improve your golf swing by 20%.
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Power In Your Golf Swing

Often times we hear Golfers say they have a problem of using too much of their right side in their golf swing. Left-handed Golfers – just reverse everything I’m saying.

As many Golfers have been told they use too much right side in their golf swing … I believe this is something that needs to be addressed. Because trying to take your right side out of your swing will further damage your efforts of becoming more consistent.
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How To Hit The Golf Ball Farther Without Swinging Harder!

The common issue many Golfers have is that when they want to hit the golf ball farther … it usually doesn’t end up well. As the result is often a shot that is topped, 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 to get you into a consistent impact position. Meaning, when a Golfer that can’t feel their impact position tries to swing harder … the brain doesn’t know how to get them there at that faster speed.
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Where Does Power Come From In Your Golf Swing?

We all want to hit the golf ball farther so that we make the game easier. As there’s no doubt one of the main reasons that a PGA Tour Player can score better is because they hit the golf ball with more distance.

For example: if you played a golf course that’s 7,200 yards, and had as consistent a golf swing as the PGA Tour Player … though were limited to your current distance … he would squash you like a grape. Why? Because it would take that Player less strokes as they may only need to hit a 7 iron to some greens … when you’re hitting a hybrid.
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Why Are You Using Your Weak Hand For Power?

“It’s all in your left arm. I need to stop using my right hand. My right hand is ruining my golf swing!” That’s all we hear from right-handed Golfers coming to see us. Everything these right-handed Golfers have told us is that the power comes from their left side. And the sad part is that a right handed Golfer saying they’re using too much right hand is a statement that is way off-base and just underlines and boldfaces why Golfers continue to struggle.
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