Hand Movement From the Top of the Swing: A Look at the Top 20 Golf Players in the World Rankings

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

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.

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Tom April 9, 2014

I often wonder what is the time frame for top players (tour) to swing the golf club WITHOUT any swing thought whatsoever, and play as if they were walking or turning on the ignition in their car—– that is THOUGHTLESSLY.———–IT IS JUST AN OPINION BUT PLAYERS LIKE BRUCE LITZKE who was very successful for many years, rarely spent hours on the practice tee, but when he showed up for a tourney—-he simply turned on the ignition. My point is ALL SWING THOUGHTS WHILE PLAYING IN HEAVY COMPETITION ARE DISTRACTIONS. I would love to hear you response as I know of NO TEACHER I HAVE FOLLOWED ASSIDUOUSLY THAT I HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR———————– that includes knowledge, experience and most importantly the courage to speak with clarity and not guess what the political climate is —–thank you for listening

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