Nasty, Putrid, Gross, Foul, Rancid and Infested.
This (and it’s synonyms) is definitely one of the top 5 swing/game destroyers.
When did getting the shaft to parallel become the standard for where to get your back swing? I can’t think of a more arbitrary and horrid standard to aspire to.
Let me be frank. I would say 75% of golfers (and that’s probably a low estimate) are not flexible, coordinated or strong enough to take a back swing all the way to parallel and return the club at maximum speed to the ball.
Let me be even more frank…taking mid and short irons to parallel is not the most efficient way to get solid and consistent strikes either…or have maximum distance control.
In addition. Those who are flexible, coordinated and strong enough to take the club to parallel, are likely to get even more speed and distance by going past parallel.
So now I have pretty much eliminated parallel for over 95% of golfers and golf shots, so why is this even a relevant topic?
Generally speaking, if you are looking for distance control with irons, the shorter the swing, the better.
Also, generally speaking, if you can’t hit the ball at least 250 yards on the fly…the shorter the swing, the better with driver.
To be more clear, for maximum distance you are looking for maximum shoulder turn and minimum arm swing.
Put a shaft in front of your shoulders and hold it with your hands. Address the ball, turn your shoulders as far as they will go, grab the club and extend your arms away from your chest and that is the maximum length of your back swing. When you actually make a swing you will go past this point, but most of you will find your most efficient back swing is well short of parallel.