“If you don’t swing correctly, some of the energy goes into the golf ball, and some of it goes back into you.” – David Lee
From both a physiological and physics perspective there is an ideal way for swinging the golf club. Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino are both great examples of good swing mechanics, as are professionals such as Freddie Couples, Annika Sorenstam and a number of younger players who swing with very little effort, yet create tremendous power. Distance in the golf swing can be produced in a number of ways,
but essentially by either muscular forces or by connected mass in rotation. My son Daniel’s golf swing is a great example of the latter method. In a technically correct move such as his, the swing functions as a sling, not a hit. At the top of the backswing it feels as though the ball is stuck to the club face, not sitting on the ground, and the forward turn simply slings the ball from the club. There is no attempt whatsoever to hunt the ball with the arms and clubhead – the ball is just incidentally in the path of the swing.
A physically strong player can create power from shoulder and arm strength, but women, children and older men, gain significantly more distance by powering the swing through core speed, arc size, and timing. You can impart more energy to a golf ball, with far less effort, using your pounds instead of your strength.
Learn how to apply power correctly using the unique “Gravity” golf drills. These drills will allow you to create the greatest distance off the tee that your physiology is capable of producing, and they are extremely easy on your body, especially as you continue to age.