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THE MYTHS OF WIDTH
Many people think that the wider the better, the bigger the arc, surely it will go further, Tiger gets it wide etc...
Width is great to a point and then actually starts to defeat the object, as it has an adverse affect on the synchronisation and leads to quite a few power-sapping problems.
I agree that width is a vital ingredient in hitting the ball a long way. But I also feel that it is at its most effective when allied with good leverage, plane and synchronisation.
Often, getting too wide, especially early, means the wrists are late to set. That usually involves a narrowing of the radius of width of the swing at the top as the club starts to ‘snap-load'.
People often watch Tiger and say that he gets it really wide. True, he is fairly wide at the start, yet his right side slows down a bit and the club speeds up, setting halfway back. Indeed, Butch seems to have changed his theory of late, and he now professes to get the club set a touch earlier.
As you can see, the distance from the sternum to the hands is really the radius of the swing. Any wider than that and things get out of kilter with each other and you lose speed. Imagine a piece of string from your shirt buttons to the butt end at address and you are trying to maintain this radius throughout. This radius is maintained, the wrists gently and gradually speed the club up and get it set half way back. Again, that creates load in the club, good sync and excellent plane, whilst maintaining a wide arc.
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