Monday, November 21, 2016

Circle of the Hands

Search for the Perfect Swing is a cool book from 1968 that lays out a model of the golf swing.  Here's an except related to swing plane.

"The circle of the Hands" (p21):

"The very clearly the way the hands are swing in a circle about a point somewhere in the upper part of the chest."

We talk a lot about swing path being up, down or level.  Most often we're referencing the path of the swing in reference to the ground or the pitch.

But reading passages like these, and other related work, has changed my thought process to think of the swing path in relation to the body instead.

Path of hands and club relative to body

1 comment:

  1. I think the hands travel in a circle around the spine. jack mankin called that circular hand path 15 years ago

    the barrel path is also going pretty perpendicular to the spine and the spine tilt is adjusted (rearward tilt to catcher to get the "up" plane and anterior tilt over the plate to get down to the ball.

    here is how the bat (and lead arm) stay perpendicular to the spine so that maximum energy is transferred;jsessionid=bzabe0rqp2.dog_s

    forcing thee front elbow to pull down or against the rib cage is a common bad teach that robs power and destroys the natural swing plane.