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Isn’t a proper golf swing both? This separation of one or the other just perplexes me . I’ve always praised others for swinging the club well. Now the best pros are more hitters versus a swinger. Help 

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First off I’m no expert by any means. I look at it as a hitter makes good solid contact consistently, with or without an appeasing swing. While a swinger looks good, but may have inconsistencies with ball striking. Just my opinion, may be totally wrong. 🤷🏼‍♂️

 

 

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This is based only on my swing.

Hitting at the ball: often times it's an OTT move started with the shoulders and not much lower body action. And very rarely do I get to a complete finish. Usually stop not long after impact.

Swinging: the move down is initiated and led by the lower body. Path is more in to out and I actually do a better job of finishing the follow through.

I tend to hit more with the longer clubs and swing more with 9 iron down.

Just my interpretation.


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I always think of a hitter as someone who just lashes at the golf ball and whose only intent is to hit it as far as possible hopefully straight.  A swinger is someone who tries to hit the shot required whether that be a fade or draw, high or low in a controlled manner.  In my experience there isn't one that is necessarily better than the other but that is how I always seem to classify them.

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Aren’t swingers folks with “open marriages”???


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A swinger has fluid motion and good tempo.

I would pull the butt of the grip hard toward the ball and hit late from the inside.

Shorter backswing,

flatter,

and less relaxed follow-through with forward lean, sometimes with recoil, is hitting.

It's probably more a necessity of body type than choice, but i was definitely a hitter.

 

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I have always heard the difference is how each generates speed. Below is an article thats gives a decent description.

https://golftips.golfweek.com/difference-between-swinging-hitting-20229.html

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Beginners are hitters. Greater concern with making contact and focused solely on the ball.

 

Seasoned golfers and better players are swingers. Better balance, better rhythm to make contact through the ball.

 

In order to impart a proper roll on a putt or to give your ball a chance you’ll swing the club rather than strike as a hitter.

 

 

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17 hours ago, PMookie said:

Aren’t swingers folks with “open marriages”???


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Then obviously those who'd say "I'd Hit That" are hitters!! 

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I think hitter v swinger is a distinction invented by writers of instructional literature, in order to get more readers.  I think every swing has an element of "hit" in it, along with a certain roundish "swing" element.  It may also be a distinction that helps some players, but not all.  Maybe someone is too passive coming into impact, and needs to feel an actual hit to get more distance.  Maybe another guy is coming over the top and flipping into the ball, and needs to become more focused on body movement and sequence, needs to swing.  

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More bogus junk from online experts looking making a fast buck.Its a golf swing and will always be a swing.Any intention of hitting by an amateur turns into Ott-hit fat early-bad bad golf.Walk away from any mention of this junk 

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I'd agree with these assessments, imo...

 

 

Beginners are hitters. Greater concern with making contact and focused solely on the ball.

 

Beginners are definitely more inwardly focused on getting the clubhead onto the ball.

 

I'd also suggest that hitters tend to be more handsy and have more of an arm swing. An accomplished hitter may not have a golf swing you'd want to emulate but they may be able to play golf well and shoot low scores.

 

 

Seasoned golfers and better players are swingers. Better balance, better rhythm to make contact through the ball.

 

Better players have learned through experience to be more outwardly- and target-focused. They use their legs and body to advantage to truly swing the club _through_ the ball (eg. Big Easy, Louis Oosthuisen) and look good doing it.

 

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More bogus junk from online experts looking making a fast buck.Its a golf swing and will always be a swing.Any intention of hitting by an amateur turns into Ott-hit fat early-bad bad golf.Walk away from any mention of this junk 



For fun, try and find some older Golf Digest magazines. Ones from the late 90’s where you’ll find nearly the exact same swing tips and suggestions as today.

It’s not easy to re-invent the wheel.


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20 hours ago, bens197 said:

For fun, try and find some older Golf Digest magazines. Ones from the late 90’s where you’ll find nearly the exact same swing tips and suggestions as today.
It’s not easy to re-invent the wheel.
 

 

 

Yup, hitters v. swingers, and in the next volume, how a 15-handicapper NEEDS to work the ball both ways on command.

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These two terms are funny to me related to golf. Couples I think many would put in the swingers category yet he was pretty long off the tee which is more of a hitters trait. I think many would put Rors in the hitters category but his swing is smooth and powerful and would be more a swinger imo.

it would probably be better to categorize by power vs finesse.  This way you could separate a DJ from ZJ or Kuch as an example.

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I wouldn't associate "hitting" with long off the tee.

Long requires a bigger swing.  Hitters tend to have shorter backswings and follow-throughs.

They use strong forearms and the hands stay cocked later into the swing.

Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino were both hitters. Neither had a fluid, pretty swing.

Jack was a swinger.   Snead and Hogan were definitely swingers too.

Tiger is a swinger, possibly to his detriment, because he has tremendous forearm strength to hit late from the inside ,

and because he obsessed so much about his swing that he was always changing it.

Most of the modern players are flexible swingers.  Hitters tend to be shorter and thicker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The difference, IMHO, is the sound.  Hitters or Swingers don't consistently create that hissing sound that Ball Strikers produced.   I agree with @DaveP043that these descriptive terms are recent fabrications by the fast growing instructional golf market.  I've been watching a lot more of The Golf Channel in the last couple of years and am amazed at the number gizmos and gadgets being used and sold as training aides.  

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4 hours ago, NiftyNiblick said:

I wouldn't associate "hitting" with long off the tee.

Long requires a bigger swing.  Hitters tend to have shorter backswings and follow-throughs.

They use strong forearms and the hands stay cocked later into the swing.

Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino were both hitters. Neither had a fluid, pretty swing.

Jack was a swinger.   Snead and Hogan were definitely swingers too.

Tiger is a swinger, possibly to his detriment, because he has tremendous forearm strength to hit late from the inside ,

and because he obsessed so much about his swing that he was always changing it.

Most of the modern players are flexible swingers.  Hitters tend to be shorter and thicker.

 

 

I guess rahm and Finau are exceptions to your rule about long requiring a bigger swing. 

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11 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

I guess rahm and Finau are exceptions to your rule about long requiring a bigger swing. 

I'm not familiar with them.

I'm not a big pro golf fan.

All rules have exceptions, though.

 

 

 

 

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