I think there needs to be a distinction here. The difference between people swinging too easy because they don’t know how to accelerate properly and people who pull the handle too hard…because they don’t accelerate properly. Category 1 end up there because they used to be in category 2 but people told them they swung too hard, got quick and had bad balance.
The “hold the lag” hysteria is a big contributor to this issue. This ALWAYS eventually ends up as “getting quick” and “swinging too hard.”
If the transition is a weight shift so the arms link up, then acceleration is a full body (including hands) process.
I can pull the handle, get my upper body in front of the ball and hit 215 yard 7-irons. They can also go 175 and 30 yards right. They can also be flips 30 yards left. They can also go 230…lol.
My normal 7-iron…180-185. My normal PW…135-140. Even at 45 years old I can dial up a 170 PW with no trajectory or distance control.
When I am out driving another golfer by 30 yards and he consistently hits less club than I do, guess what?
Guess why PGA tour players like Fred Couples and Ernie Els look so smooth and hit the ball so far? They are not “swinging easy.”
What really makes me laugh is when I show them what a synced up swing feels like, they take a perfect divot instead of knifing the ball worm head high, or digging a grave. The problem is, “yea that was solid, but it feels so powerless and I don’t hit it as far.”
That’s OK, 6 months from now they will be, “Just swinging easy,” and hitting 7-iron 150 and wipe slicing drives 230 and wonder what happened to their 190 yard 7-irons.
Here is the secret. You don’t hit the ball from the top of the swing. You wait. You wait till the body shifts, the arms drop and link up and the body unwinds in sequence. By the time this all happens, the shaft is around parallel to the ground and the club is few video frames from hitting the ball.
Then you can hit the snot out of it and you haven’t pulled the handle. This is also the advantage of a shorter backswing. It doesn’t require so much patience to wait for the club to get into the hitting zone. This is the cure for both ills. Swinging ease and pulling the handle.
Guys with longer swings, who hit it really far, have the athletic ability, strength and sequence down.
Guys who have really long swings who cast at impact do not.
Guys who pull the handle really hard and hit irons obnoxious distances are missing the sequence and get their asses handed to them when the guys who hit the ball 150 yards with 7, have the proper sequence, and add up the scores.
So this whole theory of a longer swing means more power and swinging smooth creates a more efficient swing, can be scooped up, put in a paper bag, lit on fire and thrown on the doorstep of an unruly neighbor.