Hi saevel, thanks for some of the insights BUT....ha ha. You know the sorts of swings I'm trying to highlight. The heavily muscled guys that take half swings and seem to muscle the ball, surely their acceleration has to be greater because the guys using a half swing....as opposed to a long slow smooth swing of a more loose limbed sort of bloke. I play with one of the latter types, he hits the ball a mile and seems to build his power very gradually, he even uses regular flex in his clubs. On the other hand my swing is shorter and more strength.
That's not what's being discussed. Obviously everyone accelerates on the downswing. But if you arrive at 100 MPH, you arrive at 100 MPH. I don't care whether it took you a tenth of a second or four seconds to get there. The ball only really knows you've hit it with a clubhead moving 100 MPH.
As I said before it's largely irrelevant. If you reach 110 MPH and then hit the ball after decelerating to 100 MPH, the ball's going the same distance (within a few inches) as a ball hit with a clubhead that goes from 90 to 100 MPH in the same space and/or time as the 110 -> 100 MPH swing.
Basically, what happened before impact (positive or negative acceleration) is irrelevant to the impact itself. It only serves to "set up" impact.
I disagree. People's swings make them accelerate or decelerate. Feel isn't real. I could take a lousy golfer who hits max speed two feet behind the golf ball and tell him to "think about accelerating" and his swing will more than likely look almost exactly the same and produce the same location of fastest clubhead speed.
Especially for chipping and pitching this is important. All you have to think about is how for to take it back and always accelerate to eliminate guesswork through impact. For pitching and chipping, what you don't want to do is take it back the same amount and try to guess how much to accelerate the club to get the proper distance.
I disagree, but that's probably pretty obvious by now. :)
The problem with thinking acceleration, its not a good tip for general use. I've seen countless amateurs hit duff chip shots because they think they have to accelerate and they end up loosing there wrist angle and duffing it, or they think acceleration and they lift up and skull it. I've seen amateurs have massive aggressive swings, but all there doing is lashing out loosing all there power early.