In the book "How to feel a golf swing" by Bob Toski and Davis Love, Jnr, the section on hands starts with:
"Some players might as well stick their hands in their pockets....for all the use they make of them"
In Hogan's 5 Lessons, he says (he uses capitals) "HIT THE BALL AS HARD AS YOU CAN WITH BOTH HANDS".
Bobby Clampett (The Impact Zone) is primarily concerned with lag. It seems to me that what he advocates is keeping the wrists cocked as long as you are physically able to and then the club releases automatically, on its own. To my confused mind, this is the opposite of Hogan's view.
Nick Bradley (The 7 laws of the golf swing) talks about a "puck release" and a gradual release of the wrist cock through the whole of the downswing.
I could go on, I have many more books! My point is that every book seems, to me, to be different and some flatly contradict the others.
I play a tidy game but lack distance. I would say that my swing is mostly body rotation, and that I don't do much with my hands. If I do try to use my hands more, I find that I usually get "the lefts" and back off. Plus plenty of commentators, like Nick Faldo, say "keep the hands out of it", so I wonder if I should be doing this anyway.
I know from my teaching pro, and my divots, that I am swinging out to in. I think that is why adding hand action creates the lefts. What I have been working on for almost a year is trying to fix my path to in to out and trying to add hand action. I want to develop a push draw.
My teaching pro describes hand action as forearm rotation like Tom Watson. I have Tom's book too! I also have books that say this is NOT a good move, it just helps square the clubface whilst creating other problems.
What it boils down to is: I am trying to add "hand action" but I have no idea what I am trying to do, and the books and my local teaching pro's are NOT helping!
I feel that I face a choice: either I give up on "hand action" and go with improving my pivot speed and action (I have the stack and tilt book, for example). Or I find, with the help of my fellow sandtrappers, some way to finally understand hand action.
Expert advice most welcome, I am getting desperate and frustrated.