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Hitting vs Swinging – Part 1

090204 hittingimpact - Swinging A Golf Club Too HardDo you know that there is two different ways to move a golf club, each way having its own distinctive action and feels?

To properly understand that, let’s go back to school: Physics tells us that an object can only be moved either by pushing it or pulling it.

In Golf, and more specifically in The Golfing Machine, it is called Swinging (pulling) and Hitting (pushing).

Before going any further, take a closer look at those two swing sequences:

Swinging stroke video

Hitting stroke video

For easier reviewing, here are the sequences of each stroke. Click on the images below to display the slideshow, and then use the PREVIOUS/NEXT controls to navigate through the images.

Swinging stroke sequence

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Hitting stroke sequence

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Same player but two distinctive look and, believe me, two very different feels.

Those are the natural byproducts of the actions involved (dragging or driving). At no time I intended to adopt specific positions and it is very important that you do not attempt to copy those positions. Your body will automatically put you into the same positions if you properly employ the right set of physics and actions!

Swinging action

The swinger relies on centrifugal force to move his golf club.

The main action involved here is to throw the clubhead into orbit, down and out, hold on to it, and let centrifugal force do its job without attempting to disrupt its action.
It’s easier said than done because any attempt to “add to the shot (hit stronger)” or manipulate the clubface will disrupt centrifugal force and will result in steering disaster.

Swinging is the most common way of moving the golf club because it does not rely on muscular power but rather on the player’s skill to use centrifugal force.
As a result 99% of the children start to play golf as swingers because they have not enough muscular force and a majority of them stay this way growing old.

This is also a reason why many club pros who started the golf as youngsters (and as swingers) only teach golf this way to their students.
While this is OK if their students are children, it can make things tougher with adults starting to play golf because those adults’ natural instincts is to use muscular force as they’ve learned to do in their everyday’s life and less skilled to use centrifugal force!

Known players who are swingers include Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, Jack Nicklaus…

Hitting action

The hitter on the other hand does not rely on centrifugal force but on muscular force instead.

The main action involved here is a muscular thrust of the right arm against the primary lever assembly (that is the left arm plus the club as a whole).
The clubhead is not thrown into orbit. Instead, the hitter pushes radially (against the radius!) against the shaft with his right arm only.

Hitting is less commonly used by golfers (at last consciously!) because golfing instruction out there is mainly about Swinging. However, this is a very efficient way to play Golf. It has often been reported that hitting is particularly accurate.

This said, it is worth noticing that Lee Trevino, who is a hitter, is credited to be the most accurate player of his time.

Known players who are hitter include JB Holmes, Kenny Perry, KJ Choi, Lee Trevino…

This is the end of the first part of this series of articles on Hitting vs Swinging.
In the two next articles of this series, we will explain how to successfully perform a Swing or a Hit and the distinctive ingredients of both.

Knowing to do both is fun and very instructive. It will help you discover which action naturally suits you the best to play better Golf.

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45 Responses to “Hitting vs Swinging – Part 1”

Hi John! Happy New year! I have already greatly benefitted from this Aiming Point discussion. I have been playing around with some of the Mike Austin stuff and something you said in another post about driving your right arm finally clicked in with shifting my left knee forward to start my swing or hit. As a result, I’m getting a true “vertical drop” ala Moe Norman/Hogan, an automatic elbow connection/shifting hip forward. The speed and power increase is incredible esp. with the TGM insights of Right Forearm Angle of Approach, and Tracing the Baseline of the Plane.

My question is am I now “4 Barrell Hitting” in TGM terms or simply “Adjusted Hands Swinging” since I am starting from Impact Fix?

Hi ICT and Happy New Year to you too!

As you know, the only way to perform a true four barrel hit is to use all four power accumulators.
To do that, you first activate the power accumulator #4: blast-off the left arm from your chest by rotating your body. This is body power and is typically used in the Swinging motion.
Then you actively drive your right arm in a typical hitting motion. The simultaneous release provided by the driving right arm will release power accumulators #1, #2 & #3 at the same time.
That’s a four barrel hit.

The hip slide motion you are describing is the correct way to start the downswing, hitting or swinging. It will allow you to easily “get into the slot” – what you are referring as “an automatic elbow connection”.
Then, from that position, you can perform a Swing, a Hit or the 4 barrel sequence I’ve just described earlier. Alone, it’s not enough to produce a 4 barrel hit – these are two completely different animals!

To perform a 4 barrel hit, you’d better be familiar with the hitting motion because the second part of the stroke is all about that.

Now, about “Adjusted hands swinging“:
For a Swinger, centrifugal force squares up the clubface automatically and produces a horizontal hinge (hello TGM fans!) motion of the clubface.
You just trust centrifugal force and let it rotate the clubface, no matter what happens. In that case, very precise ball placement in the stance is critical for a straight shot.
On the other hand, a “manipulated hands swinger” is deliberately manipulating/altering the closing motion of the clubface himself, allowing for more tolerance in ball position.
But keep in mind that a “manipulated hands swinger” is, as the name implies, still swinging and therefore is nor actively driving his right arm like what’s required in the 4 barrel hit.

John, thanks for such an informed, detailed answer!

Lee Trevino is NOT A HITTER. Everyone who is supposedly in the know when it comes to “The Golfing Machine” claims this. In his book “Grove your swing my way” on page 75 he says
“be sure to control clubshaft with the last three fingers of your left hand, both at address and throughout your swing. Hold the right hand on there as though you are drinking champagne out of Tiffany stemware”.
Also I remember him (on some long ago interview) saying, when asked what his primary thought was on the downswing,”pulling as hard as I can with the last three fingers of the left hand”.

Interesting statement that you have here Robcg.
I haven’t read Lee’s book, but study these pictures of Lee’s motion:
Lee Trevino down the line view
Lee Trevino face-on view

You’ll find a lot of hitting characteristic in it:

  • The address position
  • The shut clubface, looking at the ball during the takeaway (frames 2 and 3 on the down the line view)
  • The short backswing
  • The very characteristic shortened finish due to the right arm driving action

… and most of all, the formidable extension of his right arm actively driving through the ball can be seen at frames 10 and 11 on the face-on view: Can you see how extremely contracted the muscles of his right forearm are? This can only happen if you are actively using the muscles of the right arm to drive through the ball.
I’d rather not give Lee a glass of champagne in fragile Tiffany stemware if he drinks it with muscles that much contracted!

You will never see that with a true swinger (think of Vijay Singh letting his right and go off the shaft after impact – his right forearm is relaxed to the max!)

I concede that on those pictures the sleeve of his shirt his hiding his right triceps. But you can easily imagine that it’s contracted in the same way in order to perform such a big drive through the ball, especially with such a small backswing that is not providing a lot of power through centrifugal force.

The fact that he states that he controls the clubshaft with the lat three fingers of the left hand is perfectly compatible with the hitting procedure: hitting or swinging, clubface control comes from the left hand and is felt through the 3 pressure point (aka the last three fingers if he left hand).
I might add that PGA tour players are skilled enough to mix hitting and swinging components and get out with it where an average golfer would fail miserably.
In my post on the 4 barrel Hit, I explain how you can combine pulling THEN (not AND) pushing during a shot IF you time it carefully.

Again, in golf there is very often a huge difference between what you think happens versus what really is happening: Lee may feel that he is pulling hard with the last three fingers of his left hand but I can assure you that he is also actively driving like crazy with his right arm!

Quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, so to me he is a duck

Trevino could have been a “manipulated hands swinger.”

Do you know that there is two different ways to move a golf club, each way having its own distinctive action and feels? To properly understand that, let’s go

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