Description: Slow down and limit the length of your backswing for more consistency.
Why it works: Let's start with the basics: the purpose of the backswing is to coil the body and set the club in position for a powerful downswing. You don't hit the ball with your backswing, you hit the ball on the downswing. A backswing that is too quick, or too long, can easily get the club out of position, and can prevent you from storing the energy needed for a powerful, consistent downswing. Indeed, you can hit very good shots with hardly any backswing at all. Do not confuse a long backswing with a powerful golf swing!
The key is to make the swing that works for your body, while watching the ball at all times. How can I know what this means, you ask? It's simple -- use the Ben Hogan tee-in-the-lips trick to ensure you maintain a quiet head, and then gradually increase your backswing until you detect some motion off the ball on your backswing. Then back off a little. That's all! You have just found the backswing that is right for you. (Hint -- your ideal backswing is almost surely not as long as the guys on TV)!
Here is Tommy:
Here is Paul:
And here is Jason:
All are regarded as excellent ball strikers and all have simple, repeatable swings. Try it next time you are on the range, and see if your consistency doesn't improve!
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