Beating a dead horse.

(I will get to yesterday’s questions and discussions. I have two sick babies and a wife out of town. Luckily I wrote today’s post a few days ago. LOL)

I am still getting emails and comments on my youtube videos that say I am promoting a cast when I talk about not forcing lag and what a proper release is.

To paraphrase here is the gist of what I hear from almost everyone.

“Amateurs can’t do what you are telling them because they cast and need to actively hold the angle in order to not cast.”

If you are casting, the fix is not to purposely hold the angle, lead with the handle, etc. You don’t fix problem A by doing the opposite of problem A, or you end up with problem B…which is all too often the shanks when people start messing with this concept of adding lag.

The fix is to learn the feel of a proper release…and/or figure out why you cast. Casting is almost always caused by too much dominant hand grip pressure (right for right handed golfers) or a swing that is too long…and very often both.

Do the drill from the post on Monday where you rotate to a club at waist level. Try the natural rotation I am promoting in that video and try and cast it at the same time. It’s almost impossible to do at 1/10 the speed while doing this drill. Imagine how difficult it would be at your full swing speed even if it is only 75 mph.

A natural rotation of the forearms and club face makes a cast a physically intrusive process even at a slow practice swing speed.

I don’t understand why this is so difficult to understand. Having the right arm rotate over the left gradually in the downswing as centrifugal force acts on the club head and having the left wrist cup and right wrist bow (what happens to the two wrists in a cast) is hard to do even on purpose. Try it and you will see what I mean.

Here is a video on where I distinguish between an active cast and a passive cast, the reasons why they happen and simple ways to alleviate the problem.

PURPOSELY CREATING LAG, LEADING WITH THE HANDLE, HOLDING OFF THE RELEASE OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, ISOLATES THE HANDS FROM THE REST OF THE SWING AND OFTEN CAUSES PROBLEMS WORSE THAN A CAST.

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  1. s.

    An old-time short backswinger was Doug Sanders.

    I see two notable demonstrations in your video, the first at 4:15, when you say “turn the club to the ball,” and again at 5:05 for another demonstration of your biggest contribution to golf: Everything Turns Together.

    Funny thing, I saw a video clip of Moe Norman on Golf Channel the other day, saying and demonstrating the exact same thing.

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    • banner12

      “Moe Norman”, Natural Golf. The ONLY way to go…

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  2. Steve Bishop

    Hmmm…. is now the time I should tell you there is no such thing as centrifugal force?

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