or tilt away from the target is important for many reasons.
Basically, the arms need room. They work down from the top of the swing (which is what creates the downward strike on an iron), but level in relation to the inclined spine.
If you have no tilt at impact, arms working level to the inclined spine are too steep. Fat and or deep divots are the result unless your body compensates.
Early extension, casting and chicken wings are a few examples.
Spine tilt at impact creates room for the arms to work level to the inclined spine, speed up and create speed and shaft lean without a steep angle of attack.
Having some at address and at the top of the swing makes it easier to have it at impact.
For those that care, this is how you get lag, shaft lean and compression (HATE THOSE TERMS). Secondary tilt creates room for lag without a steep angle of attack and gives you room to release it properly.
It is beyond me why this is such a complicated concept that much of the instruction industry seems to turn an obtuse eye.
Only 99%+ of golfers who ever played the tour had it. Everyone wants to study the anomalies of tour swings to find the magic move…why not call the magic move the one thing that is nearly universal?
Properly created secondary spine tilt.
How much do you have to have?
Some. An 85 year old man I am teaching can do it. If you can bend 1* to the side, you have the skills and don’t need a 3 hour a day TPI stretching and strengthening routine.
How do you get it?
Make a small shift into the left side in transition while keeping the head/sternum back.
You don’t need a degree in physics or kinesiology to understand this.
You need three things.
1. An open mind
2. The sense of sight
3. Access to youtube
Put any name all time and you will find all of them have tilt coming into impact and at impact…even with a wedge. The worm raping Darren Clarke not withstanding.
A side benefit. Secondary tilt creates more room for the hips to turn. Especially if you had a small lateral shift and didn’t fire the hips too early in transition…but that’s another story.