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).
HIP HIGH TO HIP HIGH - DOWN THE LINE LOOK
What differences do you notice between the two picture galleries below?
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.
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?
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.