Jack Nicklaus Golf Tip: Swing Through, Not To, the Ball

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Illustration by Jim McQueen

A golf ball has to be hit, and hit hard, to make it go any distance, but the kind of effort connoted by the word “hit” to most people is exactly the opposite of the one required to play the game well.

The reason, of course, is that “hit” suggests to so many of us a violent application of the body.

What sending a golf ball far and true demands is speedy application of the clubhead.

The best mind-picture I’ve come across for turning force into speed — or strength into quickness — is the simplest one: Swing the clubhead through, not to, the ball.

The image of the ball simply getting in the way of the clubhead at some point during its swinging motion is as old as golf itself. What that indicates to me is that nobody has been able to come up with a better one.

Next Week’s topic: Hit Hard with the Clubhead.

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