A lot of amateur golfers hit the ball with 100% (or more) of their effort and this is main reason they can not hit the golf ball with control.
One of the secrets of scratch and pro golfers is that they never swing out of control.
So, how do you swing in control?
As a rule of thumb, you should never swing more than 75-80% of your maximum effort.
The only time you would swing with 100% effort is when you are hitting driver off a par 5 hole where there’s no trouble on the left or right. But for most shots, you can get better control of your shots simply by throttling down how hard you hit the ball, and 75% is a good number.
Even I forget to do this sometimes as golf makes you want to just hit the ball darn hard but remember, whether you hit the golf ball with 75% effort perfectly square in the sweetspot of the club or you hit it 100% effort but miss the sweetspot, the results are going to be similar except the 75% effort swing will most likely go straighter at your target.
This can surely take several strokes off your strokes next time you play.
So, next time you play, don’t go over 75-80% of your maximum effort on all your driver/iron full shots. I bet your golf scores will go down.
This also helps you control adrenalin because you are not trying so hard at golf. Good golf is supposed to be easy, you shouldn’t try that hard.
Next time you get a chance, watch carefully how effortless a PGA pro swings the golf club.
Here’s Fred Couples hitting the driver:
Even though he probably bombed it, can you see that he’s swinging in full control, not all out 100% but maybe 75%?