Monday, December 12, 2005

How Slow? Part III

To put a reverse spin on this subject, if we're advocating a slower swing, what portion of the swing moves fastest?

Break the downswing into quadrants: from the top to hip-high; from hip-high to impact; from impact to pointing at the target; and from there to the finish. Which quadrant is fastest? Would you agree that it is the third portion?

Not only is that true, but speed past impact is the key to distance. And here lies the main point of this tip... the key to speed past impact is acceleration. The idea is not swinging fast from the top, it is instead swinging slowly down from the top and only accelerating as you are well into the second quadrant.

My proof... after coming from six strokes behind to beat Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters, Nick Faldo said his key thought for the day was a slow move down from the top.

So, again... how slow can you swing? (At least through the first half.)

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