I have always been a firm believer that the best and most consistent golfers in the world all benefit from a shorter club swing. A lot of people see the likes of John Daly and Bubba Watson and associate the long backswing of the club with the power they generate. In actual fact it is down to the huge shoulder turn they create which enables them to hit it so far and it is sheer timing that allows them to square the clubface up to the ball back at impact.
So, bearing in mind that shoulder turn gives you power, it is arm swing that gives you control. So the best combination in order to create controlled power in my eyes is to maximise shoulder turn but minimise arm swing, a back swing can become ‘too short’ however, I see the perfect arms swing as the club going 3/4 of the way back and stopping just short of parallel to the ground.
Take a look at some of the modern day backswings below and see how they maximise their shoulder turn but control their arm swing i.e how far the club swings back.
Jamie Hodges – PGA Golf Instructor