24 thoughts on “The “Swinging Hit’..not the…. ‘Hitting Swing’….

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +P SMITH hi Keith, its a pity there was so much noise on the freeway early
      on in the video and more than normal right through, I was in a different
      part of the paddock which is very close to the freeway, I know not to go to
      that area again, the crazy thing about this video’s content is that its
      really the ‘only’ way any golf swing can perform with repeatability, you
      cant ‘bully’ the clubhead ever, but we all try to most of the time.
      Its very interesting that just the effect of doing the video and
      highlighting again even for myself the absolute requirement of ‘swinging’
      the clubhead as apposed to trying to ‘put’ it on the ball , the video I did
      straight after it with my buddy about comparing his distances to mine
      showed the difference it makes, he normally is way longer than me with his
      irons, he wasn’t in that comparison today, he was with the woods and hybrid
      but not as much as he usually is, and it was absolutely because I was
      ‘swinging’ the club , not ‘ hammering ‘ with it, it was really a graphic
      example of the power of ‘swinging’ the clubhead.
      cheers JH

    • Birdie Gof says:

      +1atomicgolf This is great stuff JH. If you have soft arms, then all you
      have to do is have a good pivot back (weight shift) and pivot forward with
      the weight shift and your swing will follow it’s natural path based on your
      individual structure/body type. This is what David Lee teaches in his
      Gravity Golf swing system. Works great if you stay relaxed and get out of
      your own way. Another gem JH! Cheers!

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      I like gravity Golf, that David Lee certainly develops lots of club head
      speed and whip….its a perfect example of letting the body and club head
      move unimpeded ..
      I would love myself to be able to swing the club up as high as David does
      and just let it rip.
      cheers JH

  1. Pat Ryan says:

    Another great one JH. A goodt drill to get this feeling can be found in
    Shawn Clement’s “Ribbon Drill”

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Pat Ryan Shawn has this process in ‘all’ his teachings..no one ‘swings’
      the club more than Sean…he does teach a Golf “Swing”……
      cheers JH

  2. Jim Siverts says:

    I know it’s easy for your viewers to spend your money, but how about
    setting up a down the line camera as well and do some split screens or
    alternating views of both front and down the line. You have so many great
    lessons and it would be great to see the down the line view of the same
    swing as the front view.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Jim Siverts Hi Jim,
      All these videos are just practice tee ‘fill’ ins’ between other stuff I do
      with teaching , that’s why they are of the unstructured quality and bad
      audio , I am not a ‘video’ or camera person at all, I just turn the camera
      ‘on’ and turn it ‘off’ …that’s about the extent of my video production
      capabilities, but I will however endeavour to do more DTL shots in the
      future.
      cheers Jh

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Andy servi Hi Andy,
      The principal is so important if you want to have a consistent swing
      application, the old guys from way back knew it but its got lost over the
      years as a teaching principal of the golf swing..’The Swing’s The Thing’….
      cheers JH

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Rex Braggins Hi Rex,
      Bill Melhorn absolutely was a ‘swinger’ of the club, and an amazing high
      quality ball striker, Hogan and all the pros from that era said Bill was a
      great swinger of the golf club, but really they ‘all’ were in those days,
      it was about motion and feel back then, not ‘ Position By Video’ as it is
      today.
      cheers Jh

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Chip Satterly People dont realise that Moe actually had this process in
      his swing because he looked stiff and rigid to the untrained eye , but he
      absolutely did ‘swing’ the club , you cant get the lag angles he had if you
      dont have passive wrists hinges, all you have to do is think of the club
      head feeling ‘heavy’ on the backswing and downswing, you cant get that
      feeling unless you are ‘swinging’ the club.
      cheers JH

  3. john Mule says:

    Excellent stuff as always John. Years ago (1994), I attended Jack
    Kuykendall’s golf school in Chicago. During one of my conversations with
    him I asked if there was a golf book he knew of that actually came close to
    complying with the laws of Physics – he replied, “That’s an easy one – any
    of Ernest Jones’ books”. I can now see why he said that. I was really lucky
    growing up in New Orleans as every year our PGA tournament came around I
    got to watch George Knudson swing a club for 4 days. What a treat. He
    epitomized the swinging motion you demonstrate.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +john Mule Hi John,
      George Knudsen….now there was a ‘swinger’ of the golf club….if anyone
      has done it better I haven’t seen them.
      Ernest Jones clearly understood the principals of radial inertia and his
      explanations/demonstrations were simple and told the story in undisputable
      terms….just keep the pressure on the penknife at the end of the string as
      you rotate your hand in a circular motion, get that feeling and transfer it
      to the head of your golf club, you can only do that ‘one’ way..by
      ‘swinging’ the club head..
      Nothing is new in teaching today from what was known in Ernest Jones day…
      its just ‘Promoted/Packaged’ differently….in my opinion to the detriment
      of golfers learning the ‘simplicity’ of how a golf club should be moved in
      a golf swing….just give someone a tennis ball on a string and tell them
      to ingrain what the tennis ball feels like it is doing when they twirl it
      around …when they understand that ‘feeling’ tell them to substitute the
      tennis ball feel for a golf club head feel..they then will be on their way
      to learning a ‘Golf Swing’.
      cheers JH.

  4. P SMITH says:

    Hi JH
    I was spanking the ball last week using the loosey goosey feel but then it
    can go wrong – and when it goes wrong for me the ball can end up anywhere
    🙂 . I’m trying to focus as if I’m throwing the club to the target (aka
    Fred Shoemaker teaching style), but then I tend to open up my body too
    quickly and all sorts of sub-conscious last ditch contortions kick in.
    After driving and losing 2 balls into the trees – and I mean really losing
    it about 50 yards left and right of the fairway, I remembered a little tip
    from Vivian Saunders on you tube. I couldn’t remember the precise wording
    but it was a simple swing visualisation, regarding left thumb to right ear
    , then right thumb to left ear. So on my next drive , I was whispering the
    words ‘Right Ear ‘ , ‘Left Ear’ as I swung back and forth , and wow!
    Straight drive down the centre of fairway (not massively far but so
    effortless). I repeated the same for the every stroke for the next 4 holes
    and I nearly played to par. Does this suggest that its my tempo that is out
    of whack more than any technical deficiency? If my tempo is wrong, then my
    rhythm is probably out of whack and then I suppose the rest of the
    ‘attempted swing’ are last ditch body manipulations . And I guess if any
    casual observers were watching , all they’ll see are various OTT , snap
    hook , push slice movements that are a symptom of a rotten tempo, not the
    cause. So maybe the best way to learn golf is moderation in virtually
    everything except TEMPO (which must be 100% precise) while still also
    feeling the dynamic weight of the clubhead. Moderation meaning using a
    reasonable grip, grip pressure, posture , alignment-setup, not too tense
    and not overly relaxed (although that goes against Count Yogi who wants
    complete boneless and muscless). I am finding that being overly
    boneless/muscless can generate more clubhead speed and greater degrees of
    freedom in the body movements, but could be detrimental to accuracy. I saw
    a You Tube video with you taking some advice from Martin Ayres back in 2009
    ‘JH Golf Swing Lesson’ .I think I could be swinging too loosey goosey
    behind me and losing that ‘correct’ resistance feeling (ie. tension created
    by the motion). So, although I can feel the weight of the clubhead , I am
    losing the feeling of where the clubface is in space.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      Hi Keith,
      At the end of the day you have to always ‘swing’ the club head with
      whatever swing mechanics you use , the problem with the ‘loosey goosey’
      club head feeling which you get from the soft grip/arms is that you can get
      a ‘looses goosey’ body to go with the hands arms with your swing centre
      moving all over the place, which sounds like what was happening with the
      vig variety of shots left and right.
      If you sway or rock your swing centre during the back swing or down swing
      the club head will be be moved out of the constant swing ‘orbit’ that you
      need for consistently straight shots.
      It is very easy to get the ‘whole’ body moving in a ‘loosey goosey’ manner
      when you are softening up the hands/arms , you however must maintain the
      swing centre positioning of your spine , you still have to ‘coil’ the body
      around a ‘fixed’ axis , no matter how ‘loosey goosey’ the hands/arms club
      head feel the swing centre must maintain its positioning and integrity.
      cheers JH

    • Patrick Kaa says:

      I found this was the reason I was so inconsistent, I just needed to let the
      club “swing” instead of “hit”

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      You need a ‘Swinging Hit’…not a ‘Hitting Swing’….a golf club head can
      only scribe a consistent path if it is positioned by its ‘own’
      momentum…if you try to exert the bodies energy to the club head instead
      of letting true radial acceleration apply itself to the club head you will
      destroy the ‘orbit’ of the club head .
      cheers JH

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      Hi Patrick,
      The videos are shot on the North Eastern coast of Australia, right on the
      border of the state of New South Wales and Queensland, commonly known as
      the ‘Gold Coast’ region.
      cheers Jh

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