As the developer of the “Gravity” golf teaching system, I am a great believer that the Laws of Motion are very specific in regard to the “ideal” way to swing a golf club and to optimize smash factor. However, knowing that not everyone swings in what I consider to be an ideal, physics compliant manner, I racked my brain to think of a great tip that would be applicable to all golfers, regardless of their swing style. The following is one of the better ideas that I can offer.
Many golfers swing smoothly in their practice swings, yet in the real swing, with the ball in the equation, they invariably flex the upper body in the downswing in an effort to “strike” it. You’d swear they were swinging at a bowling ball! Tightening the arms and wrists in the downswing may easily cause a reduction in club-speed, as well as a reduction in the amount of body mass that is moving at impact. Any of your pounds that are not turning at the instant you strike the ball, are not having an effect on it. Tightening the arms and wrists in the downswing also causes change in the swing-path, and off-center shots.
When you watch Freddie Couples swing, he just drops his arms from the top of the backswing and allows his core rotation to sling them. My tip, is to always visualize the ball as being weightless, like a piece of popcorn. You should take some popcorn to the practice tee and alternate between hitting golf balls and pieces of the popcorn. The birds will eat what you don’t pick up and popcorn doesn’t harm the mowers like tees or pennies. You should begin to perceive the ball as having no more weight than the popcorn. The reason you won’t flex at the popcorn, is because your brain knows that even if you hit it dead flush, it will only go about three feet anyway. Trying to move the golf ball a great distance is what makes people instinctively flex in the downswing. When you stop flexing, your club-speed and swing-path integrity will improve dramatically, and you’ll begin to hit the ball flush in the middle of the clubface.