Let the big dog eat! Grip it and rip it! How many times have I heard players say it was the only way to play golf. Hit the ball with a full swing and let it fly! I can appreciate their intent, however I think they are miss interpreting what these sayings actually mean. Taking a rip at the ball does mean to swing out of your shoes, but taking a full controlled swing. If this seems like crazy talk you need to keep reading!
I was talking to some like-minded golfers on twitter and we were discussing our golf swings. One person in particular, who happens to be a pro caddie, suggested that most golf swings should be made at 90% of your grip it and rip it speed. At first I thought he was dragging me down the rabbit hole, but after thinking about it Bruce was absolutely right.
When I am playing my best, I am swing under control and never as hard as I can! I can actually feel all the components of my swing in sync and as a result I make solid contact virtually all the time. By swinging at 90%, my game seems to elevate to a new level! So, why oh why, do I try to over-swing my clubs? Especially, during tournaments!
During my 54 hole stroke tournament last week, I found myself trying to hit the ball harder and harder as the holes progressed. Mentally, I failed to play my game and as such I felt out of sync and struck the ball very poorly. It seemed that the more I tried, the harder I tried to hit the ball. What a mistake!
I wish I had talked to Bruce before the tournament. His advice would have been invaluable. Even though I am playing to a 4.2 handicap, I sometimes forget that less is more. If only I had this discussion a week earlier, I would have been reminded by Bruce about how swing tempo makes a difference in my game.
I have to remember this important swing tip in the future. I think I need to develop a mantra of some kind or an elastic around my wrist. Do you have a method to remember important swing tips? If you do, please share!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.