Originally Posted by snowpro
The idea: The steeper the golf swing, the more the ball will go up.
Jon is hitting on one of the 5 "LAW's" we use in teaching golf-they are simply rules that are immutable and greatly aide us in teaching diagnostics.
Distance is controlled by three factors:
1. Most obvious-clubhead speed
2. Centeredness of contact, e.g., the "sweet spot" vs. the toe or heel
3. Angle of attack-as Jon says, the steeper you come into the ball, the higher it will launch
Direction is controlled by two factors:
4. Path of the club at impact
5. Club face angle at impact
# 4 governs the initial ball flight direction, # 5 the later ball ball flight direction.
Jon's hammer and nail concept illustrates a thought most golfers have difficulty with-swing through the ball don't hit at it and let it end there. It is after all, a golf swing
. Good ball flight is the outcome of a good swing, not hitting the ball. A subtle but vital concept.