kcgolfer, on 25 October 2010 - 03:42 PM, said:
Thanks for the great reply,...although you crushed me as I am only 5'9"! lol. Dont you think it would help me to at least try to add some 'whip' to the swing? I know after trying to swing like this at the range, I have hit my longest drive of all time. Problem is, it happened about 3 times and I could not recreate it the next range session.
gators77, on 25 October 2010 - 01:55 PM, said:
So let me add a few notes here.
1) First, Senden is a really tall dude with a huge arc and really gives himself a lot of space to speed up that clubhead. If you are shorter than he is it can be difficult to get that much speed with less room.
2) Perfect pivot and sequencing, the mistake amateurs would make would be to just whip the arms through but you'll notice in the video a lot of what he does is controlled by his body and his arms are along for the ride, evident by his stronger left hand grip that stabilizes the face rather than rotates to add leverage.
3) Its all about speed and if you're even thinking of trying to do a few things with your arms/hands/whatever on the way down you're just slowing things up. It takes an equal amount of confidence to just whip that thing through and not try to hold on.
4) Talent, talent talent and more talent. He's got some unreal hand-eye coordination and it's great if you already swing like that, but to try to adjust your swing to look more like that and my goodness you'll be giving it the 'fore left/right' pretty quickly.
This is a very good post..Let me add some of my own thoughts to answer your question. You Can add whip with your arms, wrists, and club. In fact many great teachers focus on these things ie. Ernest Jones, Manuel de la torre, Jim Flick etc. etc., There are many teachers who focus on body positions. I believe theres a blend and heres why. We know through technology that the downswing sequence of many great players goes. Lower body first,(then it slows down), then upper body, (then it slows), then arms , (it slows), hands, (slows), then club! So even though you wont feel that in a full swing if you sequence your body correctly , you will then be able to ( at the final moment) to deliver the arms,wrists, and hands, into the golf ball.If your pivot (body movement) is not sequenced correct and you just try whipping your hands and arms through, it will likely occur from the top of your swing versus ( right before impact) causing the arms,hands, and club to actually slow down at impact loosing speed and probably bottoming out behind the golf ball.