Timing isn’t everything
By T.J. Tomasi
One of the basic tenets of a good golf swing is that during the backswing the wrists cock so that the clubshaft and the lead arm form an L. The L is a lever, a 90-degree angle that ramps up the power of your swing.
This angle is a “collecting device.” It gathers
and holds energy until impact, when the angle straightens out, dumping its force into the ball.
The L is formed when you cock your wrists correctly, begging the question, “When should I cock my wrists?” The answer is, “It depends.”
In golf there are laws, principles and preferences. The laws are matters of physics that are immutable — you either follow them or you fail to hit the ball well. The laws listen to no man (or woman). For example, you either satisfy the law of centeredness of contact or you don’t.
Principles are vehicles through which the laws are directly expressed — things like grip, wrist cock and coil. To produce good ball flight you must satisfy the laws by employing the principles of holding onto the club, cocking the wrists for maximum power and coiling your body.
Everyone who plays uses the principles, but since no two golfers are exactly alike, no two swings are exactly alike. This is due to a multitude of preferences. The preferences are the individual ways you choose to get the laws and principles done. Overlap, 10-fingered or interlocked — the kind of grip
you use is a preference.
So when it comes to the wrists, it doesn’t matter when you cock them as long as you do it correctly. Early, late
or somewhere in the middle of your backswing, it’s
up to you.
Creating a mosaic of matching swing preferences
is what makes an effective swing.
Random throwing together of preferences creates a Frankenstein of mismatches, so it’s up to you to choose preferences that not only fit your body type but that also fit naturally together with one another.
The laws and principles control you, but you control the preferences, so match them well. Next week we’ll see how changing a preference can unbalance your swing.