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Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop

I weigh 150 and hit the ball further than a lot of people bigger than me, that being said, if I weighed 140 I would probably lose distance too hah. Like I said, more stress on flexibility but didn't say muscle mass was bad. Also, it's maximizing your own personal advantages. Someone who is stronger needs less flexibility, but someone who isn't as strong needs more flexibility.

Yep, I'm 160, and smack my driver about 60 yards further than my buddy Mike who's about 205.

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Originally Posted by RoughRaider

If I try to improve the speed of the downswing, I cannot control the club anymore and miss the ball or hit it very badly. Is this due to a lack of muscle?

I'm no pro...but no.

It means you're not doing it right. A lot of people think hitting it further means trying to swing your arms as hard as humanly possible...resulting in poor body control.

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Originally Posted by RoughRaider

If I try to improve the speed of the downswing, I cannot control the club anymore and miss the ball or hit it very badly. Is this due to a lack of muscle?


I doubt that, most golfers aren't exactly stellar specimens of physical might. It's just going to be mechanics and fundamentals.

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Originally Posted by RoughRaider

If I try to improve the speed of the downswing, I cannot control the club anymore and miss the ball or hit it very badly. Is this due to a lack of muscle?

Originally Posted by Slice of Life

I'm no pro...but no.

It means you're not doing it right. A lot of people think hitting it further means trying to swing your arms as hard as humanly possible...resulting in poor body control.

Slice is correct.  Also the best way to improve your distance is to get some great instruction.

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Originally Posted by cipher

Slice is correct.  Also the best way to improve your distance is to get some great instruction.

This^^

Again, use the comparison of John Daly and Bubba Watson. Swing speed and distance are not solely produced by raw strength or muscle mass in any way. Physics always prevail. Bubba's flexibility allows him to hit the ball as far as he does, with exceptional mechanics. Clearly, he's not a muscle head and is 6'3" and 180 pounds. Bigger frame for sure, but still a twig. Look at the guy's forearms, chest and shoulders....

Get instructions and lessons for distance.

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