Went to the 2012 PGA Tour Q-School at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, FL(in the middle of nowhere, 50 miles north of Tampa....what we used to call BFE) on Nov 17th, 2012. I watched the leaders who were in the final group. I watched them play their final 9 holes on the back nine. About 4,000 yards of long, long, long, long, super long, holes that require surgical drives of at least 300 yards to have any chance at shooting below par. I watched Robert Karlsson, Arjun Atwal and Brian Duncan (a Clemson University stand out and e-tour player who hits it a country mile). This is what I learned from them. THEY ATTACK the BALL from the INSIDE. who else are they gonna hit 8 irons 170 yards into the wind. You need a draw (lower spin) into wind. They use centrifugal force. They ride the wind. They don't hold against the wind and lose all their distance---a shot that might require a lower ball flight. They smash down on the ball, compress the holy crap out of their poor little soft Titleist Pro-V-1 and that orb shoots straight up to the stratosphere. The sound of that soft ball being compressed with an extra stiff steel shaft against the center of a forged blade clubface will make you nearly orgasm.
've been to the Players Championship (at Sawgrass) about 6 times. But there's just something so intimate about watching these guys when there are no annoying volunteers and ropes and crowd noise. It's amazing how quiet these players are. How most of the time they're waiting for their playing partner to hit his shot. How silent they are. They're in a kind of trance. They communicate to each other with their golf shots. They let their games do the talking. They are Zen Masters of their craft and for someone like myself who has been worshiping in the sacred temple of golf for 33 years (since I was ten years old and since golf offered me a refuge after losing my mother to cancer when I was ten) it is a spiritual experience to watch them at their craft. The complete mastery. The complete focus. Most of them are introverts. Personalities that fit the game well. For them perhaps this life of solitude (obsessive, constant thoughts of the swing and of the game). But a few of them are obvious extroverts. Arjun Atwal for example did not seem so locked in and oblivious to everything around him (everything not golf). He made occasional eye contact with the two or three spectators watching him that day. Okay, enough psycho babble. I learned more about my swing and about what I had to do to properly hit the golf ball from watching them for two hours than watching YouTube videos for 1200 hrs. Bottom Line: They take the club inside and strike the ball from the inside. That's where the power is. From the inside. If I hear another hacker at the golf course tell me I'm taking it back "too inside" I think I will unload on him and tell him about my day at PGA Tour Q-school watching these players hit nothing but high powerful draws into a stiff wind. That's right, very high irons into wind. They didn't punch the shots down (the greens were too fast for that kind of trajectory) and hold off. They attacked from the inside with power and using centrifigal force. Gravity. If they needed a cut, they simply weakened or neutralized their left hand grip. They didn't change their whole swing arc. The end.