During the 1900s, a big hitting professional called George Bayer was judged to be the longest driver off the tee among his professional peers. Spectators followed George round the course just to view his enormous tee shots which were a sight to behold.
The story goes that on a calm day with no wind one of his drives on a par 4 bounced and rolled on to the green of a 424yds hole. Although other golfers in the modern era have achieved prodigious distances, George achieved this in the 1950s when equipment was not as good as modern day clubs.
One spectator remarked after watching George strike a particularly long tee shot ,”You are sending that ball by air mail George”. “Unfortunately it frequently goes to the wrong address “, was George’s reply.
What is interesting about this anecdote is that the world’s longest hitters are not always the guys who become the top golfers in the sport. The same principal applies to the game of tennis, the players who power the ball the fastest are not necessarily the top tennis players. They are in the mix obviously, but powerful striking alone is not necessary to be the absolute no1 in either golf or tennis.
Where does this leave us?
I maintain that accurate striking with every club is more important to play golf well, than powerful striking. Every golfer with a few exceptions try at some stage to power the ball during every round they play. If thousands of handicap players concentrated on accuracy and smoothness through their swing, with every club they could reduce their handicaps very quickly.
I have a simple tip to help you ensure that this can this be done?
Practice for a month using only a 7 iron.
The following month practice using only a 7 wood
After two months, rotate your practice shots between the two clubs, hit 20 strikes with a 7 iron, then 20 with a 7 wood.
Then watch the difference that this will make to your overall game the next time you hit a shot during a round. with either club.