(Login Snakedoc) Blake Moderator Emeritus Posted Jan 5, 2008 2:15 PM
...like a pendulum do (Roger Miller). So we might sing...Mindy swings like a pendulum do. With Mindy's swing a pendulum naturally comes to mind, though Blake himself didn't mention pendulum in his books. Instead, he saw the ordinary use of a common hammer, in which the hammer's face stays 'square' to its nail target throughout the 'swing', as a desirable goal. A pendulum could have as well been cited. He wrote:
"The recurrent problem I encountered was the question of opening and closing the clubface during the swing. The reason why the club opens on the backswing--even in the so-called square-to-square method it opens 90 degrees--is that, when the club is held in two hands with a conventional grip, the wrists would have to dislocate if the face was to remain square to the direction of travel, as with, say, a tennis racquet. This opening and closing of the clubface means that you are trying to hit the ball with the face of a club which is rotating in two planes. Golf must therefore be a difficult game."
"[With a hammer] There is no rolling of the wrist and the head of the hammer has remained square to the direction of travel. Could a golf club be used in the same way? My breakthrough came when I found a grip which enabled my left hand to swing the club like a hammer while the right hand moved relative to the left so that it locked in a powerful hitting grip, like a two-handed tennis backhand, at the top of the swing."
He knew this would be heretical:
"I realize that quizzical eyebrows will be raised at the notion of a deliberate grip change during the swing. Yet, in any other two-handed action, whether it is baseball, cricket, or chopping with an axe, there is always a change of grip on the backswing."
Grip change in baseball batting? Hmmm, don't know about that. Anyway, Blake considered the grip change as absolutely critical, yet (in his first book) he said a fixed grip could be employed initially: "You should be playing into single figures before attempting it [the grip change]." Scott, do you see the idea of a grip change in the golf swing as utterly wrong headed?
You wrote: "His release is more gradual than it is sudden." If full release has been attained by time of impact, would a more gradual release be disadvantageous in any way?
You wrote: "Does Mindy do what he says? In a general sense and without overanalyzing, yes." Do you believe that he could have used his legs as sole source of power with the rest of his body employed 'in reflex', ie, without conscious action? Or, do you consider it more likely that, without realizing it, he did use his upper body to generate at least some of his swing's power? In the same vein, what do you make of Ben Hogan's assertion in "Five Lessons" that his hips generated all the power for the first part of his downswing? Jim
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