The touch is a much debated topic in golf. Some amateurs confuse touch with quiet hands. Although ‘how’ a player uses their hands during chipping and putting is extremely important, it is a topic for another day.
Listening to the golf experts, it is obvious that quiet hands are the key to lowering your golf score. The challenge for most amateurs is to figure out what “quiet hands” mean, to what part of the swing it applies, and more importantly how can they get some!
The “Big Easy”, Ernie Els, has a long slow smooth swing that appears to never generate power. Fred Couples has the same slow methodical swing that looks effortless. However, both hit the ball a mile. Watching their swing at normal speed, shows their hands are very quiet during the entire swing sequence. Their swings remind me of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh!
On the other hand, a player like Nick Price had a very quick swing. His swing was like Speedy Gonzales from Bugs Bunny. All his swing actions were like watching golf at 4 times the normal speed. Regardless at which of the three swings are analyzed, people confuse quiet hands with tempo. The speed of the golf swing is irrelevant, it is how your hands perform during the entire process that develops quiet hands and the distance and accuracy we all desire.
During any golf shot there are there basic things to remember for golfers who want to break 100. The three points below should be tried in slow motion on the range before you try them on the course. As you become more comfortable, speed up the entire swing process until you are comfortable. If you are having trouble, a quick lesson from your local pro would be a great benefit. A quick hint, LESS IS MORE!
First, when starting your back swing, extend the head of the club backwards with a straight left arm (if you are a right handed player) to produce a wide arc. Try to keep the club head in line with the ball until you start to twist at the waist. When the club head is at about waist height, bend your wrists so the butt of the club is pointing at the ball. Continue until the you rotate the club above your head and the club head is pointing in the direction of your target.
Second, when starting your down swing – this is where the quiet hands come in – do not release your hands from the bent position until they are parallel with your right elbow (see Els video above). Also, the butt of the club should be pointing at your ball at this time. It is extremely important to hold your hands bent until at lease the height of your elbow because this is where the most power is generated in a golf swing.
Third, follow through so your belly button is pointing at your target and the your hands finish in the area of the nape of your neck on the left side (if you are a right-handed player). This type of follow through will ensure that you finish your swing properly and allowed your hands to stay quiet through contact and follow through.
The drills from yesterdays posts “Hitting the Wall” are great to develop swing plane and quiet hands. Additionally, the video below talks about quiet hands and it makes absolute sense. It explains about why your hands have to quiet to break 100.
Last bit of advice – LESS IS MORE!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!