"It is highly desirable that we have all the hand strength it is possible for us to acquire. The reason why many players "slice" is because they either do not have strong hands or they fail to use their hand strength at the critical moment when the power of the stroke is to be transmitted to the ball." Original Golf Fundamentals, Dunns of Musselburgh Scotland
"I repeat, the hands are the weakest part of every golfer, no matter how strong they may be. Therefore, the combined effort of all the sources of power must be kept within the carrying capacity of the player's hands or they will collapse and the stroke will be ruined.
The reason why many players slice is because they either do not have sufficient strength in their hands or because they fail to use their hand strength at the crucial moment when the power of the stroke is to be transmitted to the ball.
When the hands do work as they should, the player can actually feel that he is bending the club shaft on the ball. If you cannot feel this, you will not get the full distance of which you are capable. The majority of players who fail in transmission of power do so because their left hands fails to act as a fulcrum for the right hand to strike against.
The left hand must bear back against the right.
To understand this more fully, take a club in hand and press the face of it against any solid obstruction with enough force to bend the shaft. Maintain this pressure and ask yourself "What am I doing with the upper palm of my left hand?"
You will discover that you are very decidedly pressing the club handle backward against the forward pressure of the right hand.
This back pressure of the left hand must be exerted at the moment of impact if you are to overcome the resistance of the ball.
To prevent the club handle from going through before the club head, great resistance must be set up in the left side of the body against whirling it around to the left, or there will be nothing to support the left hand and therefore no transmission of power.
This resistance - "hitting against the left" - starts in the left foot, so be sure to keep a firm grip on the ground with that foot. At the instant of impact the muscles of the left side should have a feeling of firmness all the way from the foot up to the shoulder and from the shoulder down to the hand. This is to support the hand so that it can function as a fulcrum.
It has been said that the power which drives a golf ball is centrifugal force. It is not centrifugal force. The hands are the main driving force.
The ideal swing is a moderate arm and shoulder sweep plus a terrific wrist snap.
Download : "Fundamentals 5, 9, 12: STRIKE WITH SQUARE IMPACT: DELAY RIGHT FOREARM AND WRIST HIT: TRANSMIT POWER TO BALL:, including "At the moment of impact the hands work not together but against each other" page 121. DUNNS' Original Golf Fundamentals, Musselburgh, Scotland.
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"When I studied Bobby Jones's swing I found that his hand action was particularly slack and loose. Yet, when people asked him about it, he said there was a buffer action in the swing. He wrote about this, but I do not think that many understood what he meant.
In other words, there was in his swing a sort of left hand against the right, a resistance to the right somewhere, and I think people overlooked that, and still do.
Now, when a lot of players today write on the game, they ignore it too.
No golfer is better than his hands. I repeat this statement often.
Yet we have thousands upon thousands of golfers looking for something else wrong in their swing when they mishit the ball.
They do not want to know about the hands."
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Download : "We are already familiar with the spin to the right which produces slice" in 'The Short Game' Lesson IV, The essential principles of approach play, Lessons in Golf By Alex Smith, Open Champion, United States and Western Open Champion, and "but the left one is held back a trifle, just as in the driving stroke," New York, Arthur Pottow, 48 West 27th Street 1907, Copyright 1907 by Arthur Pottow Grannis Press New York, Page 72, 81.
"Good timing of the golf stroke is the secret of both distance and direction. The most common fault in golf is slicing. This is caused by bad timing of the stroke, the wrists failing to snap the club head thru on time." Dunns of Musselburgh Scotland