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Date Posted: 10:26:30 07/16/00 Sun
Author: Peter
Subject: Re: Grip Strength
In reply to: hp 's message, "Re: How do you spell R E L E A S E" on 00:04:09 07/16/00 Sun

> Grip strength meaning the ability to hold on? or to
> do something...how is the grip strength used, thanks hp

Meaning the ability to hold on. Scott said this to me and did a tight hand shake to feel my grip strength. He said I would be capable of swinging the club faster than him because my grip was stronger. His had been limited since his accident.

This made no sense to me at the time and I could only correlate it with Scott's comments that the club grips should be large enough that the club won't move in your hands. It becam just one of those things that I noted and now on to the next (the 3 days of IMA school were very concentrated).

When I finally felt a correct 'release' a couple of months ago (more than a year after the school) the rotational power being deliverd to my hands was a shock. The longer I held the left arm/shaft angle the stronger the force.

WARNING New thought - I now think that both IMA and NG 'guide' this force. And of course in guiding it is somewhat reduced. In CG the wrists form a free, multi-axis hinge and don't provide much direction. This makes the swing dependent on numerous factors to be consistent. By limiting the effective hinge axis with the palm grip and SA allignment, IMA/NG provide limits on the release. Of course the optimum efficiency comes when the limits are not used and all of the force goes to the strike, but the limits keep you 'safe' when things aren't optimum.

I think Scott makes the point about the grip and the club not moving in your hands because the club WILL monve if you don't hold it tightly. If this happes you loose the anatomical limiting effect.

In my case I think I did not feel this force till now because I was never successful at sustaining the angle before now. The increase in club head acceleration has allowed me to feel it. I say acceleration and not speed because I was able to get equivalent speed before but with more effort and less lag. As a result the speed came on earlier in the swing. Less of a 'whip'.

I am not yet able to sustain the angle on what I would call a full swing so I am getting equivalent distance on what feels like 50-75% swings.

There is a training 'club' that has a bend in the shaft and no real club head, just the shaft bent into a representation of a club head. The larger amount of mass off the shaft axis exaggerates the feeling of 'release' (rotation) to help you feel the motion. When you sustain the angle long enough you do not need the extra help to feel the release!


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