Swing Your Guts Out...?
By Kickntrue on 1/27/09
Les Miller over at WorldGolf says golf drivers are made for you to swing your guts out on every shot. He uses some sort of logic-
Watch the longest hitters on the PGA Tour and what do you see? Players like Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Vijay Singh and J.D. Holmes all hit their driver as hard as they can. Why? Because today's big headed drivers have sweet spots larger than the golf ball itself, so you can swing for the fences and still hit it solid.

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To hit your driver as far as possible, swing longer and faster, letting yourself release the golf club through impact. Worry about control issues later.
The problem is, this seems to contradict what a lot of people teach. Les Miller is a "Contributor" to the WorldGolf site and doesn't list any teaching credentials, but I've learned to always trust a man who wears a bluetooth in their ear at all times (I think that is a bluetooth on his opposite ear, it's hard to tell).

So- I guess getting away from all of the "whos" and "whats" let's ask the real question to the real golfers. Does it make sense to swing your guts out off the tee every time or take a more controlled swing? I must admit, sometimes when I swing hard I feel like I have more control anyway. Thoughts?


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iluv5pam says:
i'll admit, the more i try to control my driver swing, the uglier it gets. i mean, i won't swing for the fences, but i will let go and just let it happen with a little extra mustard.
Jtharris says:
I've been a 200 hitter for some time and have now learned to swing hard, fast and turn my right wrist over. Now I'm at 250 and hiting them straighter with out as much fade.
Robtihanyi says:
Its unfair to compare the average golfer to someone like Tiger Woods at all times and on pretty much all topics. If you have a carefully honed and perfected swing that only loses 10% accuracy when you try to belt the cover off the ball, it hardly makes a difference to do so. HOWEVER, if you have a mediocre swing that regularly starts on the wrong plane, collapses into a reverse pivot almost every shot, and is already aiming way left to accommodate your invariable slice, swinging hard at the ball will do nothing.

Whilst I personally try to hit the ball hard with the driver rather than "steer" it, I can also attest that many higher marker players I regularly play with either try to hit it too hard (and just exacerbate all of their existing swing flaws) or have learnt to reign in the urge to smash it and are now super consistent down the middle. These golfers clearly demonstrate that hitting it hard is actually a bad thing.
GolfSmith7 says:
I played today just to put it to the test. I started swing as hard as I could and it helped me hit 67% of the fairways with lots of extra distance. I will be swinging hard from now on. The reason I think it helped me is because instead of thinking about my swing I just let it fly and let my body take over. Now if it would only help the rest of my game it might be worth doing with all my other clubs.
jerdman says:
I feel swinging hard is the best way for me to fully extend and release the club. It feels great to bomb one, and a huge confidence boost for the next shot. Statistically though, I'm not sure if I'm any more accurate. I still think a good rhythm will lead to the most fairways.
JWHpurist says:
A maximum controlled, repeatable swing developed by each player within their own physical limits produces optimum, consistant results, and pleasure in this game! The bent left elbow in the picture above is "An Accident Waiting to Happen". A drive placed to point of aim, is much more effective than one 20 or 30 yds longer, but 40 to 50 yds. left or right of desired point of aim!! Harmony of setup, swing, release, follow through, and feel, produce pleasant results and low scores. Trust me, I learned this lesson 50 years ago!! JWHpurist
klaymon says:
"The bent left elbow in the picture above is "An Accident Waiting to Happen"."

I'm pretty sure that's John Daly and I'm sure the bent elbow is of no consequence.
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