I’ve compared the leverage of a proper golf swing in years past to that of a judo throw – you can throw someone bigger and heavier than yourself to the ground with relative ease if you know how to leverage the move.
In the same vein, I can affirm that, just as with a judo throw, you can be much more effective swinging your golf club with natural leverage than with brute muscle force.
Some may be skeptical, as they see muscle-bound long drivers going after the ball with a good deal of brute force – but it’s so much easier to swing your club using optimal mechanics and that natural leverage.
Example: There are days when I haven’t done much speed work and no matter what I do, I can’t get that swing device to click for me even as I grunt and strain – until… what do you think I do?
Well, when I’m having trouble clicking the device, I regroup, check my setup and balance, then I make sure I’m performing a proper pivot to the top, shift my weight to the leading foot and…
There it is.
It isn’t swinging harder that does it.
It clicks on the harder settings for me when I remember where I’m getting sloppy on the back pivot, or where I’m slacking in my pre-swing setup.
Once I do that and get back to a pure leveraged pivot, the click is ridiculously easy compared to how I feel heaving and straining with swings that don’t produce clicks.
It’s that simple and that complicated, because we tend to complicate simple things.
So, when I’m in the groove with indoor speed work, it’s not actually building muscles that I’m doing – I swing my trainer and if I’m getting clicks, there’s not much more to do except to keep in mind the fundamentals of my swing.
Then, when I get outside in the next couple of days, I’ll be in good shape to swing.
Not physically, but mechanically.