I was watching with curiosity the play at the recent Barclay’s championship where Justin Rose played excellent golf but lost after 3 putting the 18th hole from 20 feet. He repeatedly made rehearsal swings that had his hands dropping not just straight down but backwards, and did so without much leg movement. The move was pretty much exactly the opposite of what Tiger Woods was doing earlier in the year when he was rehearsing an exaggerated “hands out” move from the top, swing the club well left past impact and looking like he was trying to hit a big looping slice. Rose looked like he was trying to get himself so stuck that he couldn’t hit the ball, but of course his hands come out nicely at the ball every swing so the practice maneuver must have had a specific purpose designed to counter a tendency to get the shaft approaching from too far behind the hands. We would have to ask Sean Foley about this to get the true answer, but the move was interesting enough that I thought I would share my thoughts about it with you.