London: A golfer should not be judged by the number of balls he hits into the hole, but by his movements that combine both mobility and stability to drive the ball where he wants it to go, according to an expert.
"Many perfect swings exist," said David Phillips, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California, who has advised hundreds of professional golfers over the past 15 years.
"There is a proper sequence of motions that the best ball strikers have regardless of their style. If you put them up there, they may look completely different, but if you look at them they use their body to create speed in similar ways."
Phillips says that today’s professional golfers are driving the ball farther than ever, mostly due to better training.
They are now tougher, more athletic and have muscles in the right places to generate the kind of torque and club speed to smack the ball, he says.
Here’s how Phillips describes the perfect swing: "From the top of the back swing through impact, the lower body initiates the start of the downswing, followed by the torso or the trunk, then the arms, then the club," Phillips told a website.
"That sequence occurs on the best ball strikers. You can be a PGA tour player and win millions without that sequence, but you then have to excel at the short game or putting,” he added.