It is difficult, very difficult, for players to learn this apparently simple fact. It is very hard to swing easily, because the player cannot “feel” this gradually increasing speed. All players seem to think it is necessary to “feel” the power, and the only way that it is possible to “feel” it is to destroy the balance in some way in order that the energy being developed can react upon the frame. You will “feel” the power the instant you lose your balance in the slightest degree, and it is too bad you, cannot transfer the sense of touch or feeling to the club head.
If you could, you would quickly be educated to the correct idea. It is the energy which is transferred to the ball that counts, and the only way to get much transferred is to hit the ball perfectly true.
If the player will study continually how to eliminate every little detail which offers resistance, or which tends to destroy the balance in the slightest degree, he will quickly get upon the right track.
This resolved into a simple formula is, cut out everything which is not comfortable. The ability to keep the balance comfortably is the measure of the amount of power you can use successfully.
Nine players out of ten lift their heads at the last instant. That does not add power to the stroke; on the contrary, it takes just that much power away from the blow. It is at the end of the stroke that you must “lean upon the ball,” so to speak, because it is the weight added to the momentum of the club and following the blow which gives substance to it. Drive the ball down. If you hit down your weight is bound to follow into the blow.