Originally Posted by zeg
In the book "The Physics of Golf," the claim is made (and I'm inclined to believe it, though I haven't thought too hard about that particular point) that pretty much anything you do with your muscles to encourage or hold off unhinging of your wrist is going to cost you club head speed compared to keeping those particular muscles passive and letting the club head take care of itself. That's not at all to say that there's nothing you can do to control the hinge, but that you can't do it just by holding off release. You have to do it by setting things up with the rest of the swing so that the natural unhinge occurs in the right place.
I don't totally believe that claim, but I think it's a good point. Not that anyone was mentioning Stack and Tilt in this thread, but this is the only part about Stack and Tilt that I am not personally a believer in. Stack and Tilt says you should hold the wedge all the way through to the finish position, so that from a down the line view the shaft is leaning to the right on the follow through. I don't think it's possible to do this while swinging with full power. I've yet to see video of someone making a powerful swing without losing the flying wedge and unhinging the wrist at some point after impact, and I have seen video of Mike Bennett's swing in which he loses the wedge (you can tell because his shaft pops into frame above his left shoulder and leaning to the left from the down the line view) and then he quickly regains the wedge and tilts the shaft to the right. Video is in this thread: http://thesandtrap.com/forum/thread/40806/mike-bennett-swing
I don't think anyone should be taught to try to hold the wedge all the way through to the finish (if holding the wedge is even the correct term- but you know what I mean - maintain wrist angles that are required for a forward shaft lean). I simply think it's impossible to do if you swing with full power. I understand the argument that if you tell someone to try to hold the wedge through to the finish, then maybe they will be likely to release their lag later, but I think people should just be taught that the wedge should be held until after impact but that after that into the finish it's not possible to keep it in place. The goal is to be actively engaging the power accumulators through impact.
Stack and Tilt tells the truth about physics in the rest of the swing, but I don't think it tells the truth in claiming that the wedge should (or can) be held all the way to the finish in a powerful golf swing.
If someone has a video showing otherwise then I could be convinced.
Edited by laxbballgolf - 4/4/11 at 10:47am