I read a story about the great Ben Hogan and don’t know whether the tale was based on fact or apocryphal. However having read so much about the great man I am certain the story was based on fact.
Ben was playing in a practice round with a young man who was starting out on his golfing career and showing a lot of promise.
They had reached a fairly short par 3 and both had hit their tee shots to within 2 metres of the hole. “What club did you use there Ben?” The young pro enquired. “A 6 iron.” the great man replied. ” A 6 iron ” the young pro was astonished,” I only needed a 9 iron”. “Let me show you something son”, said Ben.
Ben then preceded to apparently play every club in his bag from his putter to his driver and hit the green with each and every club.
The young pro looked on in astonishment. “You see son the secret of golf has nothing to do with how far you hit each club but how great your control is with every club in the bag.”
The great British golfer Peter Allis, in one of his books tells golfers to practice hitting the ball better, not harder. Jack Nicklaus was one of the golfing greats who new exactly how far he hit the ball with each club and played accordingly.