As a beginner I naturally thought that the harder I "hit" the golf ball, the longer it will travel.
I'm a former athlete and I hit the life out of the golf ball, to my surprise resulting in short distance followed by all sorts of (expected) elbow and wrist pain etc.
Recently I'm trying to teach my brain that the natural down-swing supported by gravity and the right wrist action will hit the ball further than my muscle power.
Apparently a more relaxed wrist, reduced pressure on your grip and a less "forced" swing are part of achieving more distance.
I'm really struggling and can not get over the (mental) barrier that makes me hit it fast instead of slowing down and swinging it with the power of nature.
Any good golfers out there who successfully transitioned from hitting the ball to swinging the club?
It would be great if you could share your story and advice.