Re: "Four Magic Moves" by Joe DanteAnd I don't disagree with you -- there are many ways to get the club back, and it is only at impact that the range of "ways to do it" narrows down considerably. I've seen a fine ball striker take his club away as hooded as you can imagine, and somehow at the top he starts down right on plane and hits beautiful shots. Past pros, and some current ones, have had unique ways to get to the downswing initiation, but I think all of us agree, if we can get into the impact position with consistency, we can hit pure shots. So, I'm not taking sides on what is proper because that seems pointless. I don't know that there is a set way to do it for everyone, but I surely doubt there would be. I was just pointing out that the current majority of teaching pros that I have heard or read tend to like the toe up, 3:00 position -- I was just noting this, and sharing I started out with a wrist cock more like the one in your illustrations (but I probably did not do the rest of the moves.) I'm confident you would need the whole book to really understand the four moves.
I've looked at several swings of some of the longer hitters, and at least some of them have the club face more parallel with their spine angle than toe up and a few have the club shaft pointed slightly left of their target line (what some would call outside.) I tend to fight a problem of too much draw and the only thing that mitigates that for me is to have a very active post up and turn on the left hip, with as little slide as I can -- that straighens out most of my shots (if I do it correctly.) So if the book has that included and explained well, I probably would like it. The only thing I know for certain is that tired, lazy hip action is the killer for my swing.
p.s. Maybe I need to go back to it and get back to a plus handicap like you... ha ha. I think my plus days are over.