Here’s the secret : Gravity creates constant acceleration. If you swing the club downward, it automatically accelerates. The problem is that most people stop the club when it hits the ball. Don’t hit at the ball; swing through it.
The first move down from the top is one of the most important in the golf swing . No matter how you take the club back, the transition into the downswing has to be smooth, and the club needs to come into the ball from inside the target line. And the overall downswing has to start from the ground up.
The erratic tempo is due to hitting solely with your arms and trying to blast every shot as hard as you can. In your golf swing , your arms move relatively fast compared to your body rotation. The odds of you being able to replicate the exact same hitting motion with your arms is impossible.
The hips initiate the downswing . At the top of the backswing, the hips have turned back, away from the ball and the target. On the way down, they will turn back and face the target directly. The rotation of them will result in the front hip (left for a right-handed player) bumping, or lifting forward and up in the air.
That makes the swing plane way too flat and forces the player to re-route the club dramatically to even hit the ball. The wrists shouldn’t roll sideways. They hinge by moving up and down. Try this: Hold the club out in front of you , and hinge it upward as if you were going to tap your nose.
Facts. The Magic Move, the one that initiates all great ball-striking, is the first move from the top of the backswing. Prior to the squat even taking place (if it does at all), all great golf shots are made or lost.
In his book, My Golden Lessons, Nicklaus says the key mistake amateur golfers make is trying to swing too hard and too quickly. Even Butch Harmon has written that golfers should “make a conscious effort to swing at 75 percent of your maximum speed.”
The good player hits the ball hard with his right hand , but makes sure the left leads the swing . The left hand largely supplies the control , the right hand the power.
Don’t reach for the ball In fact, I tend to agree with Byron Nelson and Johnny Miller, who’ve said you can ‘t stand too close to it. To find your correct distance from the ball , get in your swing posture, and let your arms hang freely. Then bring your hands together. There’s where you should grip every club in the bag.