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  Exactly.  That's my point.  Both player's swing repeats.  The difference is, Furyk's swing dynamics are sensational (certainly in the downswing and through impact) whereas the "24-handicapper"'s swing is poor.The teacher was giving his student false information and false hope, which is a hindrince to any hope of improvement.
I once overheard an instructor say this to a pupil of his who looked, being generous, a 24 handicapper:  "Your technique is better than Jim Furyk.  The difference is, his swing repeats.  That's the only difference."   My heart sank and i was actually quite appalled.  Why patronise someone?  Why give them false information, false hope?
Would this drill utilising an aiming stick promote the same movements as iacas' tripod drill in the opening post?     My upper body tends to lift up as i reach the top of my backswing and my right heel comes off the ground right at the start of my downswing!  Farcical scenes.
Does shortening the shaft by 1/2 an inch really make a difference with accuracy and ability to find the sweet spot?  1/2 an inch is about a 1% decrese in shaft length.  Seems like such a tiny change.
Thanks mvmac.   I am aware of those top of backswing clubface positions and their relationship to the left wrist but my problem is i don't understand why the sky-facing clubface is considered closed and the toe hanging down clubface is considered open. 
Just seen the bowed left wrist thread where there is a difference of opinion on this.  Hogan is mentioned as a cupped left wrist player which of course is true.  I hope this thread is not seen as a duplicate of the bowed left wrist one.  I'd recently seen the Martin Chuck Tour Striker Educator video which brought this issue, which has always bugged me, back to my mind.
Completely agree with this. 
Top teachers believe it does matter a great deal in that it influences your chances of achieving the desired impact position.  Martin Chuck, for example, says that it is very difficult to play good golf from a cupped left wrist at top of backswing position.  A few tour pros have a bowed left wrist at the top (Johnson, McDowell), but a cupped left wrist at the top is extremely rare.  I'm keen to understand why, the cause and effects.
I'm sure it all makes sense, saevel, but i didn't understand this bit.   I've been playing around with it in front of a mirror and have some new thoughts.  It strikes me that cupping the wrist during the backswing changes the shaft plane.  Specifically, it gets steeper, so that at the top of the backswing you are above the plane.  So you come down over the top, approaching impact on an out-to-in path, and so you have to open the clubface relative to this path to square...
Okay, so i understand that twisting/rolling the wrists/forearms (supination and pronation) opens and closes the clubface.  This is easy to see by doing either move in the takeaway and observing what happens to the clubface.   What i don't understand is how cupping the left wrist (dorsiflexion) during the backswing opens the face and why bowing the left wrist (palmar flexion) during the backswing closes the face.  I can relate a bowed left wrist to a delofted impact...
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