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Date Posted: 18:05:41 06/13/00 Tue
Author: GeneO
Subject: Re: back to basics
In reply to: Arista 's message, "Re: back to basics" on 16:38:36 06/13/00 Tue

> > 3) Flat left wrist - You set up with a flat left
> wrist
> > (explicit with IMA not so clear with NG). In the
> > transition from backswing to downswing the clubhead
> > inertia will put forces on the left wrist that will
> > cause it to 'cup' (become concave instead of flat)
> > unless you insure it doesn't happen.
> Peter, where do you get your knowledge of golf
> physics? Clubhead inertia will tend to cock the
> wrist, not bend it. If anything the outward pull of
> inertia will flatten the wrist. Bending the wrist
> comes from golfers trying to square the clubface for
> impact.

Assuming I understand your definitions of "cock the wrist" vs. "bend the wrist" (although Peter was talking about "cupping the wrist"...) it's very easy to start the downswing and have the clubhead inertia bend (and/or "cup"?) the wrist. It all depends on what position your hands are in when you start the downswing, and the motion you use to start it.

But if your setup and backswing are correct, the correct wrist action will happen automatically on the downswing as long as you don't try to manipulate the club during the process.

> > You can see the
> > result for yourself, when the wrist cups the club
> face
> > opens.
> The clubface closes from cupping the wrist. Why do
> most amateurs try to close the clubface for impact by
> throwing the clubhead in front of the hands and
> bending the left wrist?

This is a very simple thing to understand if you suck as much as I (and most golfers) do... in order to hit the ball really hard, you have to throw the club at the ball really fast. The faster you have to throw, the faster you have to start the downswing. The fastest way to start the clubhead moving fast is to push with the hands (ie, getting rid of the lag and "casting"). All of which means that the farther you want the ball to go, the more the clubhead will have passed the hands...

Of course, eventually (if you ever hope to improve) you figure you that the best way to get the clubhead moving fast when it's AT THE BALL is an extremely different motion, and the best way to get the ball moving fast isn't necessarily the best way to get the clubhead moving fast...


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