There is no such an individual as a born golfer. Some have more natural ability than others, but they have all been made.
— Ben Hogan

Because there are many different golf swing shapes, deciding upon a specific swing ideology or philosophy can be confusing. There are numerous options for taking the club back to the top of the backswing to load energy and power. However, what happens from there into impact is critical if you wish to gain a higher command of your ball striking.

 

Do not be told otherwise: Impact is the most important moment of the golf swing. It is the moment when the club comes in contact with the ball upon which the ball is physically moved. How often do you work on your impact dynamics?

 

The best ball strikers, if ball striking is what we are solely referring to, are golfers who possess impact dynamics that are not intuitive to the vast majority who play the game. These dynamics are very seldom “natural." 

  

HIP HIGH TO HIP HIGH - FACE ON LOOK

 

In broad sweeping terms, we can divide impact into two general categories:

 

1) A club that does not hit the ball on a descending blow (intuitive).

2) A club that hits the ball on a descending blow (counterintuitive).

 

 Swing bottoms that are behind the ball. It is intuitive to think that hitting up on the ball will be effective.

Swing bottoms that are behind the ball. It is intuitive to think that hitting up on the ball will be effective.

 Ben Hogan and Sergio Garcia demonstrating swing bottoms that are ahead of the ball. It is counterintuitive to hit down on the ball to make it go up.

Ben Hogan and Sergio Garcia demonstrating swing bottoms that are ahead of the ball. It is counterintuitive to hit down on the ball to make it go up.

 

HIP HIGH TO HIP HIGH - DOWN THE LINE LOOK

 

What differences do you notice between the two picture galleries below? 

 

 A selection of great players whose accuracy fluctuates.   Year-to-date  Total Ball Striking  rankings on the PGA Tour - July 25, 2014   Matt Every (#152), Phil Mickelson (#92), Pat Perez (#134), Sean O'Hair (#129), Mike Weir (#192)

A selection of great players whose accuracy fluctuates.

Year-to-date Total Ball Striking rankings on the PGA Tour - July 25, 2014

Matt Every (#152), Phil Mickelson (#92), Pat Perez (#134), Sean O'Hair (#129), Mike Weir (#192)

 A few of the noteworthy ball strikers from past and present whose accuracy is/was consistently impressive.    Year-to-date   Total Ball Striking   rankings on the PGA Tour - July 25, 2014    Ben Hogan (Arguably one of the greatest ball strikers of all time), Johnny Miller (Known for his superior iron play), Calvin Peete (Led the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy for 10 consecutive years), Sergio Garcia (#3), Graham DeLaet (#1)

A few of the noteworthy ball strikers from past and present whose accuracy is/was consistently impressive.

Year-to-date Total Ball Striking rankings on the PGA Tour - July 25, 2014

Ben Hogan (Arguably one of the greatest ball strikers of all time), Johnny Miller (Known for his superior iron play), Calvin Peete (Led the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy for 10 consecutive years), Sergio Garcia (#3), Graham DeLaet (#1)

 

The golf swing is not a mystery. All one has to do is study what the great ball strikers have done through impact vs. what everyone else does. Training properly will allow you to master these counterintuitive movements. 

 

 Tiger Woods struggles with his driver from time to time. When compared to one of the most accurate drivers of the golf ball of all time, there are some very clear differences.

Tiger Woods struggles with his driver from time to time. When compared to one of the most accurate drivers of the golf ball of all time, there are some very clear differences.


THE BACKSWING

 

Modern instruction tends to place a lot of emphasis on the backswing. Golfers are easily convinced that having a beautiful backswing with perfect angles is a necessity. Is working toward achieving a "perfect" backswing important or worth while?


 There are many different ways to load the club...

There are many different ways to load the club...

 …however, the best ball strikers pass through the hitting area with similar dynamics.

…however, the best ball strikers pass through the hitting area with similar dynamics.

 

One of the greatest ball strikers of all time was Lee Trevino. Trevino had a different way of setting up to the ball and loading the club during the backswing. When a reporter once asked him why he had never taken a lesson, he replied, “Show me someone who can beat me and I will take a lesson from them.”

 

Does a strong grip with a closed club face during the backswing equal disaster?  …Not if you know what to do with the club where it counts.

 

  "Who had the best PEI (Percent Error Index)? Lee Trevino, with a 5.02% error for all his swings. He was the best ball striker I ever charted." - Dave Pelz

"Who had the best PEI (Percent Error Index)? Lee Trevino, with a 5.02% error for all his swings. He was the best ball striker I ever charted." - Dave Pelz