Golf, Part 13, One Full Shot Transitional Move

(a continuation, from Part 12)

This is the first of two transitional procedures available to the golfer. It is basically controlled by the hands; therefore the golfer’s authentic grip (Part 7) is essential.

There should have been no effort to take the club upward as Coiling continues to Carry the one-piece forearms, hands, and club unit to a full turn of the upper torso away from the ball. Tom Watson once remarked that he just turned his back to the target. The upward folding of the trailing forearm is an effect of the turn as is an automatic setting of the hands and wrists. Effects of a complete and balanced Coiling are: (1) A slight lowering of the bodies Core is Mandatory in being balanced. (2) A trailing knee that has functioned as an Anchor (little or no movement) with weight transference to the inside of the trailing heel (about 60 percent) & the inside ball of the lead foot (about 49 percent). (3) Both elbows and the hands should be in front of the turned torso, rather than behind it. (4) Bent and neutral (neither cocked nor uncocked) trailing wrist supports the club & a lead wrist that is cocked and very slightly bent, with definitive lead pinkie fingertip pressure.

It must be recognized that the return route of the clubhead has changed since the spine has moved by degrees from its original (close to vertical address) condition. The new approach route established is from the inside (Part 5). The clubhead path through the ball can be previewed by establishing an address condition, and then pulling the lead shoulder back with a turn that points the clubhead (without manipulations) at a forward target: elbows, hands, and club should be in front of the body.

This transitional move is initiated by the hands. More precisely, by the lead hand pinkie finger and/or the middle two fingers of the trailing hand. Their action controls responses made by the body.

Exercise #1: Practice, from a top condition, a grab (or snatch) of the handle by the lead pinkie fingertip only. This action should bow the lead wrist slightly outward and down––not toward the ball but on a plane that is tilted (inclined)––& increase the bend of the trailing hand’s wrist.

Exercise #2: Practice from the same top condition, activating the move with the fingertips of the two middle fingers of the trailing hand.

It must be emphasized that any grip will not glean positive result; only an authentic grip will render a sound approach. The golfer can use the fingertip grab by either hand to make the transitional move: though both working in concert is superior.

The next installment discusses the other transitional move.

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