I belabor this point on a regular basis, but it bears repeating: a smooth swing is a fallacy. Amateurs around the world mistake the idea of a smooth swing to mean “swing easy”. “Pros just swing 80% and are so smooth,” etc. This is not always the case. Look at tour stats on PGA Tour.com: https://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.02401.html. Their highest club head speed versus their average club head speed is less than 3%, so no one is swinging at 80%.
People often mistake efficiency and economy of movement for smooth and think their wasted effort, out of balances, forced motion, is only the result of swinging hard.
Then golfers apply the “just swing easy” band-aid and instead of a fast bad swing, the have a slow bad swing and often, hit it worse than before. You are just subbing one wrong motion for another, not fixing the underlying issue.
The fix is not to swing “smooth” like Ernie Els and Fred Couples (who incidentally rip the snot out of it) and end up just waving at it. The answer is to swing more efficiently like Ernie Els and Fred Couples and smash it.
Now we can’t swing as well as they do, but we can be better versions of ourselves. We can set-up better, make a more cohesive backswing…and most importantly, improve our transition sequence. Golfers hit the ball straighter with a near 100% smashed swing with a proper transition…not the steer job of a “swing smooth.”
When you have that “I just got quick” feeling and you slow down your backswing, you actually just made it worse. The slower your backswing is, the harder it is to be patient in transition, which is where the slow, smooth, easy, should be happening. Then: Hulk Smash.
I have compare an amateur golfer’s swing next to a tour player on one occasion: when they tell me their tempo is too quick…I know, I know, this is the same old story. I was told by a psychologist that since conquering motor is about repetition, so is teaching it. I also have a theory that if I repeat the same things over and over again, people will do it out of spite so I will shut up.
…but I digress.
All the “I got quick people” are usually in the middle of their backswing when The Big Easy (Ernie Els) is making contact.
The bottom liner here? Improve your swing, don’t make a bad slower version of it.