I hear this so often as a reason why golfers don’t want to shorten their swing…and this is almost the identical conversation I have had with dozens or even hundreds of golfers.
Golfer-“Why am I casting and why do I hit driver so short and have no compression on my irons.”
Monte-“Your swing is too long.”
Golfer-“I am trying to make a full turn.”
Monte-“Your arm swing is taking your back swing past the point of a full turn.”
Golfer after trying a shorter swing-“That feels powerless, I am just going to try and hold the angle longer.”
Monte in his head-“I now understand the concept of murder-suicide.”
I find this ironic and sometimes frustrating as the long swing is the result of an arm swing over taking the shoulder turn, the golfer doesn’t have the speed to return the club to the ball, there is a massive cast and the strike is weak.
In other words, the acceleration is weak because the swing is too long for the golfer to create anywhere near maximum acceleration. The swings are at a length that 120-150 mph of club speed would be required to return the club to a strong position at impact and the golfers making this swing max out at 80-105.
You are all thinking, “Great Monte, now why the (expletive deleted) does the swing feel powerless when we attempt a shorter swing?”
That is an excellent question. It all comes down to one factor. One huge contributor to this factor is this whole “swing smooth” garbage that infests the golfing public as a cop out for bad balance and rhythm.
The reason why the shorter swing feels powerless is the acceleration is so weak from the swing being too long and the “swing smooth” mentality, that same weak acceleration is going to feel weak as all get out from a shorter position.
So the answer is with better balance, better rhythm and a back swing that the arms are connected to the end of the shoulder turn…
YOU CAN AND SHOULD ACCELERATE AS HARD AS YOU WANT.
Call it turn harder, swing harder, accelerate more…whatever. That is how you create an environment for maximum, UNDER CONTROL, club head speed.
Balance, rhythm and a back swing that fits you.