Free Golf swing lessons from Swail.com: ‘Around’ is Swail’s unifying theme. Most of this book’s major points support the need for developing a strong feeling of ‘around’. The image on the lower half of page 18 is a powerful first step toward validating the ‘around’ concept. Succeeding pages contain images somewhat more intricate--but no less powerful--in support of ‘around'.
Search For The Perfect Swing was published in 1968 and was written by Alastair Cochran and John Stobbs. This fascinating book describes the methodology and findings from research conducted on the game of golf by a variety of specialists, physicists and ballistics experts among them. Here’s an interesting paragraph from page 3:
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“During his downswing, a good golfer can generate up to four horsepower.
This is a surprisingly high power; and must need at least 30 pounds of
muscles, working flat out, to produce it. This figure excludes those muscles which merely stabilize his joints in action; and it leaves no doubt that the big muscles of the legs and trunk must play a greater part in the top-class player’s striking of the ball than those of his arms and hands.”
(The volume of 30 pounds of meat at your grocery store is far greater than that of the muscles in your arms and hands!)
The overhead view on which we’ve been concentrating does not show much of the activity in the legs and trunk. But, based on the above quote, the whirling of the club, arms and shoulders must be substantially the result of muscle activity in the legs and trunk. Most of what follows in Swail focuses on the legs and trunk, and you’ll be seeing mostly rotational movement.
Along the way, Swail identifies certain muscles, what they do, and when they do it. Swail does its best to keep this content non-technical. Grasping this content will greatly enhance your understanding of how the golf 'swing' works and will help you know what muscles you should be using, and when, as you set out to re-work your 'swing'.