The entire purpose of this video is to record observations of a particular part of the swing as practiced by the top 20 players (according to the “World Rankings”). Too many acceptable variations are castigated by TV announcers who have not done their homework when it comes to knowing what the best players do. Video swing analysis is a powerful tool when it comes to teaching a player how to improve his or her swing. An underrated attribute of the video is the ability to watch the greatest players of present and past and record, in detail, what they do. They are all successful. That’s why we watch them. Whatever they do is worth watching and taking the time to discern what is going on in their swings that help them be champions.
The fact that just about every announcer on major TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, The Golf Channel, ESPN ) views the descending head (or “dip” as they would call it) in the backswing and downswing as a negative is a clear and stark reminder of how poorly prepared these people are. The videos are irrefutable. These people say things that are blatantly not true. I mean, one guy states right out that he has watched the Hogan videos and has come to the conclusion that Hogan never “dipped” his head. What is he watching?
Anyway, the hand path question is interesting because the only two acknowledged hand paths are (the good one) dropping the hands/arms “into the slot”, or (the bad one) “coming over the top”, which is code for “hands move out toward the ball”. What is interesting is the evidence, which is that more players move their hands outward toward the ball starting down than those who drop them straight down to their feet. Also, that the average hand path is closer to the ball than the feet. The two key items that are always in the mix, allowing the outward hand path to work, are the hard lateral and rotational movement of the pivot, and the lay back and ultimate control of the shaft movement in the downswing.