Here's an excerpt from 5 lessons:
Let us first study the correct motion of the right arm and hand in the impact area. It always seemed to me that, in its general character, this motion is quite similar to the one an infielder makes when he throws half underhand, half sidearm to first after scooping up a ground ball. as he swings his arm forward, his right elbow is very close to his right hip. The elbow "leads" the arm- it is the part of the arm nearest to the target as he begins to make the throw. The forearm and hand catch up with the elbow, and the player's arm is extended relatively straight when he releases the ball. As he follows through, the wrist and hand gradually turn over, and his palm faces the ground at the finish of his follow-through.
On a full shot you want to hit the ball as hard as you can with your right hand. But that is only half the story. HIT THE BALL AS HARD AS YOU CAN WITH BOTH HANDS. The left is a power hand, too. If you hit hard with only the right and let the left go to sleep, you will not only lose much valuable power, you will also run into all the errors that result when the right hand overpowers the left. YOU MUST HIT AS HARD WITH THE LEFT AS WITH THE RIGHT.
Here's Peter Senior:
He drag loads it, almost to the point where the club is riding on his back. He then gets to waist high or so and hits it with everything but the kitchen sink. Of course some would categorize this as some sort of swinging. There is no doubt in my mind that he is utilizing right arm muscular thrust through and beyond the impact interval.
Here's Peter Lonard
I've removed Hogan, it' not clear enough to prove my point.
Jeff's analysis of Peter Senior:
Image 1 shows him approaching the delivery position where his hands have reached waist level. Note that his right elbow is still bent (which means that PA#1 is still loaded), that his clubshaft is still >90 degrees relative to the left arm (PA#2 is still loaded) and his GFLW is roughly parallel to the inclined plane (which means that PA#3 is still loaded). Note that he has already started to release PA#4.
Image 2 shows him at impact - he has released PA#2 and PA#3 and the right arm has significantly straightened. If his right arm straightens with enough force to keep up with the left hand, but doesn't apply a push-force via PP#3 that drive-loads the shaft during the late downswing and the club primarily releases via a CF-release action, then he is still swinging in his late downswing. If his right arm straightens very actively so that it drive-loads the shaft during the late downswing and over-rides any CF-release action, then he is hitting in his late downswing - and he could be said to be actively releasing PA#1. A hitter (who actively releases PA#1) will also be releasing PA#3 via push-force applied to PP#1 during the right arm straightening action. A swinger can also use push-force from the right arm (applied at PP#1) during the right arm straightening action to synergistically help in the smooth release of PA#3, but that doesn't represent an active release of PA#1. An active release of PA#1 is deemed to only be present if the right arm straightening action is active enough that it induces the release of PA#2 and over-rides any CF-release action that is operant AND if the club is drive-loaded into impact, and through impact.
If Peter Senior is drive-loading the shaft into impact (as you believe) then he is hitting in his late downswing. The question then becomes - is he a pure hitter or a swing-hitter? Here is my explanation of how to resolve that dilemma - by studying what happens in the early-mid downswing BEFORE the hands get down to waist level. Note that his right elbow is bent at his end-backswing position with the right forearm roughly parallel to the spine and his hands are roughly opposite his right shoulder socket area. That's an optimal position to start a TGM hitting action, but it doesn't mean that he is hitting from the top-of-his-backswing. If he releases PA#4 in his early downswing (between his end-backswing position and his delivery position) by actively thrusting his right shoulder downplane so that its pivot force pushes the two-hand unit forward via a loaded RFFW, then he is activating the release of PA#4 via a right-sided push force applied to PP#1, and I would label that a pure hitting action. If he releases PA#4 in his early-mid downswing via his pivot action, then he is swinging in his early downswing and I would then label his overall swing action as swing-hitting - because he is swinging in his early-mid downswing and hitting in his late downswing.
Note that his right elbow is bent at his end-backswing position with the right forearm roughly parallel to the spine and his hands are roughly opposite his right shoulder socket area. That's an optimal position to start a TGM hitting action, but it doesn't mean that he is hitting from the top-of-his-backswing.
I disagree with the above statement, in order to drag load like he does he needs the quarter turn of pp#3 which is part and parcel of a swinging procedure. He then proceeds to start the club down as if it were," an arrow drawn from a quiver feather end first". He is still maintaining a passive hand attitude at this point and at about waist high he activates the hands and and begins accelerating across the shaft. For those not familiar with what drag loading (arrow out of a quiver) looks like here's a video:
Here are my comments from below:
He is drive loading into impact, the swivel is irrelevant (the ball is gone). At impact if you follow the remaining frames, you will see that his pivot is so violent that it sweeps him off his feet and into a "Parametric Acceleration" attitude. In short, this hitting motion is optimal. There is no Steering or Powder Puffing here. You may find it blasphemous because Homer didn't define or condone it but in my opinion this is what a real "Hitter" should strive for. If you're more comfortable calling it "Swing Hitting". I can live with that. But you have yet to produce a competent Golfer who uses Pure hitting as defined by TGM. I think I did it for you in today's post, because Stadler closely approximates Tomasello's description. if I pull up video of Palmer and Lon Hinkle you can rest assured that they were not doing what Tomasello described above. He's basically advocating mega chip shots and punches with a left to right ball curvature. the last player I saw play like that was Mark McCumber and he was accused of doing many other things to survive at that level.
Hit em Straight