How do I know you’re hooked? I know you’re hooked because you wouldn’t be reading about my Real Swing Golf Method® of golf instruction if you weren’t addicted to trying to figure out this puzzle called golf, would you?

I also know what hooked you… It’s that shot.

You know the one… Sweet, vibration-less impact that feels incredibly powerful, yet strangely effortless… Soaring, majestic ball flight, arcing beautifully towards your intended target.

In some mysterious way, that shot happens from time to time, usually once every couple of blue moons. You’re not quite sure what you did to make it happen but you know you desperately want it to happen again. And again. And again. It’s like an addicting drug that you can’t get enough of.

You step up to your next shot, anticipating, hoping, praying that it will happen again. You make your swing and… as you watch this shot fly like a bullet 6 inches above the ground, skip 5 times across the lake, hit the bank on the other side and plop back into the lake, you think to yourself, “That swing didn’t feel any different than the last one that I hit perfectly! What the heck did I do wrong?”

As frustrating as your inconsistency is, you soldier on, willing to twist yourself into multiple physical and mental pretzels trying to have that shot happen more that just once or twice a round.

You know what I also know about you and your addiction to that shot?

It has so hooked you that you’ve been to dozens of other websites, videos, golf instruction books, golf magazines, all with the same desperate quest… (It’s almost like I can read minds…)

If you think about the game of golf, it’s a pretty simple concept: Swing a stick, strike a ball, send it a specific distance and direction toward a number of different targets using various kinds of sticks; total up the number of times you hit the ball over the course of the game and the lower the score, the better.

And it’s not like other hand-eye coordination sports like tennis where you have to run around, trying to hit a moving ball: The ball just sits there, perfectly still, waiting to be struck. And you have numerous specialized, highly engineered sticks to hit it with…

I mean, how hard can it be?

And yet, you, and most average golfers like you, rarely get that satisfying ‘thwack’ sound, the auditory indicator of precision contact, often followed by beautiful, on target ball flight.

The Pros on TV sure make it look easy!

Perhaps… But what they are accomplishing — and what is required of you if you want to hit powerful, accurate shots like they do — is quite astonishing!

  • From its starting position at address to its settling at the swing’s conclusion, the clubhead will have travelled some 35 or more feet as it whirls around your torso in a huge, more or less circular orbit.  
  • Relative to the straight target line, the sweet spot of the clubface will have moved in a curving arc, either curving toward the target line on the downswing or away from it after impact, only briefly touching the target line for a millisecond at impact.  (Ideas like swinging the clubhead “straight back and straight through” or “keeping the clubhead moving straight along the target line through impact for as long as possible” have always been false and are in fact attempts to defy the laws of physics.)
  • During the forward swing, as the clubhead moves from waist high on the downswing to waist high on the follow through, the clubface will have gone from facing 90 or more degrees open to the intended target to 90 or more degrees closed after impact in about 600 milleseconds, a touch more than half a second.
  • Impact with the ball has three phases: Initial impact (the exact nano second when the clubface just barely touches the outer surface of the golf ball), Compression (the ball flattening against the club face due to the force of the impact) and separation (the exact nano second when the ball leaves the club face). These phases of impact occur over a distance of three fifths of an inch – which means that the ball and the club face are in contact with each other, and travelling together, for just more than 1/2 an inch.
  • For the shot to be directionally accurate, at initial impact the clubface would have to have been fractionally open. Then in the next approximately 1/4 inch, the clubface has to rotate to perfectly square or very close to it at the height of the compression phase of impact – just 1 degree open or closed will send the ball some 20 yards wide of the intended target.  Then, as the ball rides along with the clubhead for the final 1/4 inch or so of impact, the club face will begin closing as the impact phase concludes with the ball separating from the club face. (The idea of “keeping the clubface square for as long as possible” has always been false and is in fact yet another attempt to defy the laws of physics.)
  • Depending on who is swinging the club, it will have reached a peak of speed at impact somewhere between 70 and over 120 miles per hour while accelerating from the top of the back swing down to impact – in the case of Rory McIlory – in just 239/1000th of a second. That’s a rate of acceleration 5 times faster than a top fuel dragster! (You – yes little old you – will likely be able to accelerate about 3 times faster than a top fuel dragster!)
  • Want sweet feeling, powerfully struck, long shots? The ball must be struck to within 1/16th of an inch accurate of the the center of the clubface or better – presuming you want those sweet, vibrationless impact shots that make golf fun. (For a “real world” perspective of what a 16th of an inch is, take a nickel, turn it sideways and look at the thin edge of it. That’s a 16th of an inch.)  If you do strike the ball off the center of the clubface, you are just 1/4 of an inch away from “sort of okay, that’ll do…” shots, 1/2 an inch away from “bad” shots, and a mere 3/4ths of an inch away — about the measurement of your middle finger from edge to edge — from hand-stinging, “terrible” shots.
  • Want straights shots with minimal curve? The club face must be within 1/4 to 1/2 a degree of perfectly square at the compression stage of impact. (…All while the clubface moves from waist high to waist high, rotating through a full 180 degrees like a swinging saloon door, about as fast as you can blink your eyes!)
  • If your clubface is just a mere 1 degree open?… Big fade. 2 degrees open?… Slice. 3 degrees open?… “Deep in the trees” slice. 4 degrees open?… “Over the trees and onto the other fairway” slice…

Are you starting to see why it’s so hard to hit a golf ball long and straight?

  • Striking powerful, accurate golf shots is both harder and easier than you think. (I know, I know… It sounds like one of those ‘oxymorons’ but read on and you’ll understand why it’s true.)
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