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2C Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter It's in the wrists hands GOLF PROSE MARC TERRY In my last two articles, I wrote about how to create core power and release it. Now it is time to leverage your core rotation into in- creased club head speed and control, all by doing less, which actually creates more. Are you confused yet? Well, just wait... I'm talking about your wrist hinge that is the end of the whip and how to tap into this huge power multiplier. First I'm going to mess with your grip, something that in my experience can result in everything from immediate positive results to real nega- tive reactions from the golfer. After all, the grip is our on- ly connection to the club and we humans instinctively use our hands, especially our dominant hand, for power and control. When I ask a student to hold the club in her fingers, not in the palms, move her right thumb offto the side of the shaft and rotate her left hand clockwise (for a right-handed golfer) -- oh yeah -- and relax her grip pressure, I get re- sponses that range from, "that feels weird," to "I don't like this," to "you must be kid- ding!" Honestly, 99 percent of the time, when I change some- one's grip, the student feels she no longer has control or power and doesn't like it. But, control and power are not the role of the hands. Very few people have the kind of eye-hand coordination to suc- cessfully make a last second manipulation of the hands through impact. Arnold Palmer looks as though he does that, but you are no Arnold Palmer. A proper grip pre-sets your hands in the correct position for impact. With the right grip, if you merely keep your grip light and wrists relaxed, your wrists will do their thing, hinging and unhinging in accordance with your core rotation. Using your core power as the main driving force in your swing actually enables wrist relaxation, which then facili- tates the whip snap. Hold the club in your fin- gers, not in your palms, and hold it lightly. An old golf adage says to hold the club as though you were holding a baby bird. I don't know about you, but I haven't been holding any birds lately. Another way to think about this is to imagine gripping a tube of toothpaste with the cap off, then squeezing just enough so the toothpaste bare- ly comes out. Taking a tube to the course is a bit much, so try to keep your grip pressure below a five on a one to 10 scale -- es- pecially during the takeaway and the transition. If you're not sure what a five feels like, do the Goldilocks thing and experi- ment with your grip pressure, going from too-tight to too- light and back again until you find that just right pressure. With wrists relaxed, you should feel the club land on your left thumb at the top of your swing, and your left arm and shaft should form a 90-de- gree angle. From there, keep your hands relatively passive throughout the swing to allow the true sources of power and control in your golf swing to take over and properly utilize the huge power-multiplying potential of the wrist hinge. The quickest way to destroy this power source is to do the instinctive thing and hold on tight, attempting to use the hands for power and control. The transition from back swing to forward swing is where most swings go wrong. Since you know I don't want real estate auctions 50+ California Home Auctions Oct 18 th - 21 st [ Nominal Opening Bids for Online WILLIVI$ &WILLIAMS Iil.l , CA.EUC261559NSWnRBROKER:WW"E Bidding d. ..... uc 032s: w&w AUC uc s4so 800.801 3003 you to start with your hands, arms and shoulders, you'll have to start with something else, and that will be your feet, legs and core. Your grip pressure will nat- urally increase as you ap- proach impact and centrifugal force throws the club away from your body. You do not use your hands and wrists to throw the club head at the ball; the release of your body coil, coupled with the leverage of your wrist hinge releases the club head into the ball. Swinging the club on plane also facilitates proper wrist action --now there's a great topic for anoth- er article Now, your grip is correct and wrists relaxed; you've kept them relaxed at the top of your swing; andou've started your forward swing from the ground up using your large muscles while doing nothing with the small muscles at the end of your arms -- your wrists and hands. What hap- pens next? To get a feel for how your wrists release through im- pact, take some small waist high practice swings with a seven iron as if you were swinging a baseball bat. No- tice on the backswing how your wrists hinge, your fore- arms rotate and your back el- bow folds. Then as you turn forward, notice how your wrists re- lease, your back elbow straightens and both arms ex- tend through the hitting area. Then your forearms rotate, wrists rehinge and your front elbow folds on the follow through. Tee-up a ball and start the waist high small swings with a seven iron, slowly tilt for- ward maintaining the hing- ing, unhinging and rehinging motion until the club hits the ball. Continue with the ball on a tee, making half swings at half speed -- as though you were hitting a 40 yard pitch shot -- so you can see and feel your wrists hinging, unhing- ing and rehinging as your core turns back and forward. Slowly work up to full swings, if you lose the feeling, go back to the half swings at half speed and half power to regain the proper motion and feeling When students do this properly, they describe it as an easy, effortless, and natur- al, yet powerful action. If you can do more with your core and less with your hands, you can tap into that effortless power you see golfers like Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and David Toms using it to make bank loads of birdies and The Mountain Classic's win- ning low gross team is pic- tured above, from left: Eric Anderson, Roger Ashby and Dean Menante. Not pictured is Tom Green. The low net team is pictured left, from left: Kevin Trexler, Todd Sala and Dugan Hadler. Not pic- tured is Todd Fannin. Photos submitted Mountain Classic turns 20 The Plumas Pines Men's Golf Club hosted the 20th an- nual Mountain Classic Golf Tournament Sept. 10 - 11 at Plumas Pines Golf Resort. One hundred thirty-six play- ers teed it up in fun filled competition. The event included two rounds of best ball play and a horse race. Individuals showed their skill and accuracy in closest- to-the-hole contests on each of the par three holes. The $1,000 cash prize and $150 gift card for a hole-in- one went unclaimed. Better luck next year! After play Saturday, more than 200 people attended the awards ceremony and a great dinner of ribs and chicken prepared by Chef more followed dinner. The tournament champi- onship team for overall low gross score included Eric Anderson, Roger Ashby, Tom Green and Dean Menante. They shot 292 in the two best ball format. Winner of the overall low net competition was the team of Todd Sala, Kevin Trexler, Todd Fannin and Dugan Hadler. Their win- ning score was 311. Flight champions in low net scoring were: Plumas Flight: Kim Roberts, Roger Nielsen, Jeff Westerinen and Frank Raab with a score of 251 Eureka Flight: John Done- hue, Bob Lombardi, Stu Led- ingham and Bob Doerr with a score of 249 Sean Conry and his Staff Sierra Flight: RonZumbro, from Lngboards Restau-:;Ma:tt Zumbro, Michael Sala rant. "'lDick Radler with a score A prize drawing for more of 248 than $6,000 of prizes of golf The Plumas Pines Men's outings, lodging, meals and Club will donate the net pro- bucks. Several hip replacement sztem8 used since 2003, including I san Wiese tying for second ones made by DePay and Zimmer, have been zeealled ezl J had =ales suspended due to an increased need for a l second hip repJacement. If you had or need a second hip] replacement or are having unexlmcted hip problems, call J us now for a free cousultat[on at 1-800-THE-IUGLB ltoll-fxee). I Grizzly Ranch Ho fees or costs until youz case settles. We practice law only/ in Arizona, but associate with lawyer= throughout the U.S. d Golf Club GOLDBERG & OSBORNE *" '"-"" 1-800"THE'EAGLE .,,,xwmm -'- ,, ,,00,,,3 LIMITED i | WWW. 1 800theeale.eom " ' PUBLIC i ;;; PLAY P/ease Call s: 530-832-4200 The legend at... MT HUFF GOLF COURSE HWY 89 & ARLINGTON RD CRESCENT MILLS 4528 yards ... 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GOLF RESULTS place. Donna Swanson had the low gross score in the second flight. Low net was won by Cheryl Brennan with Jennifer Baker getting sec- ond place low net. Dee Walk- er had the low gross score in the third flight. First place low net was won by Lorraine Cornish with Janet Reihsen taking second place. Travel Cup The 2010 Sierra Nevada Travel Cup recently conclud- ed with September match play results of Plumas Pines over Rosewood Lakes, Graea- gle Meadows over Wildcreek and Bailey Creek over Dia- mond Mountain. The season championship went to Plumas Pines and captain Mary Pierce. The 2010 scoring totals are: Plumas Pines, 287; Graeagle Meadows, 251.5; Diamond Mountain, 223; Rosewood Lakes, 215.5; Wildcreek, 189; and Barley Creek, 184. Plans for 2011 are under- way, and additional teams are welcome. 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