Hit it Hard!
One of the most prevalent misconceptions in golf is that you should not hit the ball hard. How many times have your fellow golfers told you that “You’re swinging too hard,” or that “You’re trying to hit the ball too far?”
The game of golf has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Today, all the young players hit the ball hard. It was not that long ago that a young sensation, Tiger Woods, came onto the scene with a go for broke, swing for the bleachers approach. Trust me when I tell you that no one swings harder than Tiger Woods.
The difference is that Tiger never appears to hit the ball with his backswing. He never looks rushed in any way as he takes the club back and loads it at the top of his swing. His backswing simply sets the stage for an explosive move through the hitting zone. Another way of looking at this is that there can only be one fast movement in the swing. Once you rush your backswing, it is simply impossible to generate a fast explosive rotation on the downswing.
The Golden Bear was perhaps the very best at consistently giving himself lots of time on the backswing and then really hitting the ball hard. The concept is the same no matter what your level of play. Use your imagination to create a sensation of patience in your golf swing. Know and feel that there is plenty of time to complete your backswing. My good friend Peter Jacobsen has a lot of fun using what he calls the Hamburger Approach. As he takes the club back, he slowly says “ham-m-m-m,” until he reaches the top of his backswing and then says “BUR-GER” very aggressively as he moves forward to the finish.
My fellow countryman and four-time British Open winner, Bobby Lock took a different approach to developing his own sensation of patience in his swing. Mr. Lock would shave slowly in the morning before his tee time or tie his shoelaces at a very lethargic pace to set his tempo for his day.
Stand a little wider for stability. Initiate the backswing with your left shoulder loading the club with a quite lower body. Using your big muscles, chest and shoulders not hands and arms, will help the club to stay passive throughout the swing. Don’t worry so much about having the club in the so called perfect positions, but instead focus on allowing yourself time to complete the backswing. From there, a simple fast rotation up and onto the front foot will take care of business.
Simply put, don’t be rushed and knock the cover off the ball!!!