All of this infatuation with distance is ruining a lot of people’s golf swings when that becomes the sole purpose.
This is all the more apparent in the distances people hit their wedges.
It is into the hundreds if I counted how many people I hit the driver 50-100 yards farther, 7-iron as far as they hit their 4-iron…but they hit their wedges the same or even farther than I do.
These are extreme, but the object of wedges is to control distance, trajectory and spin and that is difficult if you are taking a full swing. I’d say 95% of golfers that don’t shoot in the mid to low 70’s regularly, hit their wedges farther than they should.
The backswings should be shorter and the speed at which the shoulders rotate should be slower. That doesn’t mean the stereotypical “decel.” It’s a more controlled acceleration. All the more reason for shoulder turn to be the base of the swing. It is difficult to control acceleration of the club with an arm swing. However, controlling the speed of the shoulder turn is quite easy to master after very little practice.
I rarely if ever use PW from over 135, SW form over 115 and LW 100. I can hit PW 165 without hurting myself and as much as 180 risking a hernia, but I like 130.
If you only hit driver 240-250 and you are hitting PW 135….guess what?
Go to the range with your wedges, shorten your swing and practice ACCELERATING your shoulders at different speeds and see how helpful that is. It will also help your short game.