We all know about the three right hands Ben Hogan wished he had. If you don’t, read this post first.
There is nothing wrong with hitting the ball hard with your hands if you can do it correctly. If you know how, then why not?
So I’m going to tell you how.
Lead the club from the end of the backswing into the forward swing with your left arm—the upper arm, to be precise. Keep the left forearm out of it.
Do not rush the forward swing. Start down like you are going to lop heads off daisies.
As you near impact, make sure your hands are coming into the ball ahead of the clubhead. If they are not, what comes next will be your worst enemy, not your best friend.
There is a certain moment when the hands feel like they have passed the ball and that it is too late, you missed that chance, to apply any kind of hit. Actually, that is the moment when you can pour it on with the right hand.
I know that sounds odd, but it’s true. If you hit with the right hand while you have the feeling that your hands are still approaching the ball, that is way too early and the result will be disastrous.
So don’t get excited. Wait until the time is right.
Do not rush the forward swing. That works against this move. What you want is to make your normal swing and add speed with your right hand only at the right time.
Finally, the point is for the right hand to launch into the ball and hit hard, but not so much that it overpowers the left hand. This is what Hogan was teaching you how to prevent.
That is why you have to wait until the last instant to pull off this move, because by then it is too late for the right hand to do damage to what the clubhead is about to do.
There is no body acceleration, no arm acceleration, just your same ordinary smooth swing with a little right hand thrown in right before you hit the ball. Once you find the right timing it will all seem so easy.
When you start learning this move, be concerned only with making contact on the center of the clubface. Don’t be concerned about where the ball goes. Straight will come in time.
How do you know if you hit the ball on the center? By feel. You hit the ball so hard and it feels so soft. There is barely a feeling of anything in your hands. Oh, does that feel good. I know you know the feeling.
There is a different sound, too. Love that sound.
This move works best with the longer clubs. You might be able to take it down to the 5-iron, but shorter than that it doesn’t really add anything.
Practice it A LOT before you try it on the course. A great way to practice it to swing with no ball and literally apply the hit after it feels the club had has passed impact. Actually do it too late. If you do the same thing when the time comes to hit a ball, you will probably have it just right.