How To Develop A Brilliant Golf Back Swing
Make the backswing at reduced speed and notice and feel how the wrist and hand position changes as the hands go up past the shoulders. As a result, in answer to this resistance of the hands and wrists, there is a quick rebounding of the club back toward the ball. Try it and you'll see what we mean. Since the average player usually lets the backward pull loosen his grip, he quickly re grips on the rebound, producing, almost, a "bouncing" club head. This starts the head of the club back toward the ball much faster than it should be moving at this point. This is one reason, and a strictly mechanical reason, why so many of us hit from the top. So why not use the break that brings you to the top naturally in the right position, instead of a break that you have to control carefully or manipulate? Without going any further into anatomical details, it can be stated flatly that the longer the backward wrist break is delayed on the backswing, the more difficult it becomes to make it correctly. The later this break takes place, the more liable we are to let the left hand bend backward, thus getting it under the shaft at the top and opening the face of the club. So, make the break early. Start making it as soon as the club leaves the ball and you will find it does a surprising number of things. We'll list them:
1. Sets you in the proper hand-wrist position early. (All you have to do is hold it.)
2. Everything you have to do with the hands and the club, in the way of manipulation, is done early and in your full view.
3. Gives you the feeling that you have plenty of time to go to the top and come down.
4. Starts your swing in the right plane.
5. Brings the right elbow in tight immediately.
6. Prevents a "bouncing" club head at the top.
7. Tends to shorten the swing, thereby providing a brace against overswinging.
8. Gives you a feeling at the top that you have to move the body in order to get the club down to the ball. (Reduces inclination to hit from the top.)
9. Tends to bring the club to the ball with the wrists leading, as they should be.