One of the best tips I can give you when you are having trouble hitting the ball well is to slow down a little and see what happens. The expression ‘speed kills’ is applicable to the golf swing and I find that most rookie golfers try to swing way too fast and way too hard. The moving parts in the golf swing all need time to do their jobs to allow for a square clubface, a good path and solid contact. If you consider that the whole swing from start to the finish position might take around 1 – 1.2 seconds, we can portion the backswing component to the downswing and finish. The optimum tempo would be around 2.5 parts back swing to 1 part downswing, however I find most amateurs are way too fast coming down. Try to swing to the top with a smooth controlled speed and then swing back down just twice as fast (not ten times as fast) and see if this kind of rhythm and tempo doesn’t help you hit it better. Slowing down a little should give the levers in the swing the time they need to get the club back to a good position at impact. Remember… smooth on the way back and then swing back down just twice as fast.