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Date Posted: 20:17:58 07/15/00 Sat
Author: Peter
Subject: Re: How do you spell R E L E A S E
In reply to: Remington 's message, "Important Message" on 19:53:46 07/15/00 Sat

> Did it ever bother you about Moe's comment that he
> squeezed turnips with the left hand.

Scott had said to me at IMA school that maximum swing speed depended on grip strength. I did not understand the comment then; I think I do now.

> From a knowledge of swing mechanics, I knew that he could
> not release this swing, the way he does, if he is
> squeezing turnips with the left hand...squeezing tightly
> with the left hand.

For my definition of release (rotation that takes the club from toe up pre-impact to toe up post impact), I find it impossible to stop this no matter how much tension I put in my arms and hands. As I reported here I swung this once without having a tight grip and had to go in search of my club! If I hold the angle to 6/100s I don't need to do anything else. Release will happen.

> Moe grips the left hand, and he is squeezing the thumb
> and forefinger against each other.

It's hard to tell from video, but I think Moe's hands are gripping tightly (relative to someone who does not hit balls all day every day) with all fingers. There is no sign of relaxation (lost contact with club or club movement) in any of the shots. Look frame by frame at the piece in 'Journeyman' where the hands enter the frame on the downswing and then leave the frame (this also gives you the best view of how he overlaps).


What do you mean by release?

> Let me know what you think. By the way, this was a
> popular technique during Moe's days, i.e., squeezing
> between forefinger and thumb.

I'd heard of this before, though Hogan was completely opposite.


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