There are roughly 25 million recreational golfers in the United States. Thus, there are 25 million different golf swings. I try to put things in these posts that can be used by the greatest number of golfers, but I have no illusions that every swing will benefit from a particular post.
Except this one.
I promise you, no matter who you are, if you work on these two things, which can fit into ANY golf swing, you will see greater improvement than by working on any other swing thing.
Long-time readers of this blog already know what I’m going to say, but if you’re one of those and you haven’t worked on them yet …
If you’re new to the blog, read carefully. Magic coming up.
First: Get your tempo right. Swing tempo is the overall speed of the swing—how long it takes the clubhead to get from takeaway back to impact.
➙ Swing the club only as fast as you can to hit the ball consistently on the center of the clubface.
If you swing faster than that, golf is just one mishit after another. You lose distance and you lose accuracy.
You might have to slow down your swing a bit to get to the center, but that will be more than made up for because the key to distance and accuracy is (drum roll) hitting the ball on the center of the clubface.
Second: The clubhead must approach impact properly, and there is only one way for that to happen.
➙ Your hands must be ahead of the clubhead at impact. Your hands must lead the clubhead into impact. The hands must pass the ball ahead of the clubhead. However you want to say it.
Every good golfer does this. No bad golfer does it. It’s as simple as that.
See this post on learning how to do this.
If you spend a few months learning these two points, and get good at them, it will be like you’re playing a different game.
Ben Hogan said, “The average golfer’s problem is not so much a lack of ability as it is a lack of knowing he [and “she”] should do.”
This is what to do.