I believe that high science has shown that ball speed is affected by clubhead speed measured at two moments in time, pre and post impact. This is not a mystery…just common sense.
If you were playing Rugby and you are the one standing still, and someone comes running to tackle you, would you rather he hit you and you don’t move as he drops to the ground? … or would you rather he hit you and suddenly you go flying right along with him? Can you feel that? That is what the golf ball feels… the greater the speed after impact the harder the hit… common sense…
If we know this to be true and I think we all do… then what are the power accumulators left after impact to keep the clubhead driving through the ball? There must be something going on after impact…
If your right arm has straightened on the way down and it is spent,
the wrists have uncocked and rotated, we only have #4 if we have not spun out too early, or as Ben Doyle used to say to me “hips running down the fairway”. If we continue to try to accelerate the club after impact to the 4rth parallel with #4 and now even beyond,
(remember acceleration means speed is increasing exponentially)
we would need to continue our efforts to move the club as quickly as possible long after the ball is gone.
I can say this, if I were to finish my swing on an elbow plane, (extremely flat) I can guarantee I would lose lots of distance.
Has anyone ever seen a thunderous ball striker finish with their hands belt high and around their body and behind them? I would imagine not… if so, please let me see this really.
Long hitters will pass their hands through a very high position at some point in their finish…they may retreat to something that looks flat as their hands drop down from a high finish……you see this look from the long hitters and long swingers…
With hitters, they have the best chance to capitalize from the 5th accumulator because of the position of their hands at the 4th parallel. In other words, by using radial acceleration and an angled hinge their hands will be close to the body just inches away, so they have all this room to now rip the clubshaft up to a shoulder plain.
This takes a lot of force, and it is this force that is now taking over for the spent #4 after the hips have cleared out and are spent, the torso has rotated around and their is really not much else the pivot of the body can do. The upper arms have been tightly packed against the body and now it is their turn to release, so they separate from the body with what I think would be the rotator cuff muscles and raise the shaft from elbow to shoulder plane in a very quick and powerful motion.
Now in a swinging procedure, there is no 5th accumulator because after impact the clubhead has been accelerating longitudinally and all the force is to be dumped into the ball and downward into the ground, via the arc of approach, so after impact the upper arms release from the body and the hands move away from the body, they do not stay in close like Hogan, or other classic hitters.
I think a lot of people really don’t understand the difference between radial acceleration and longitudinal acceleration.
The best way I can describe it would be if you are using longitudinal acceleration you are trying to throw the force of the clubhead into the ground below you and somewhat towards the target but out to the right and into the earth below you…. as compared with radial acceleration you would be trying to throw the club at the target or even better yet, left of the target and somewhat skyward.
So if you were to try to find your lost club, if you are a swinger, you would start walking toward the pin, take about 10 steps, then make a 90 degree right turn, take another 10 steps, then get out a shovel and dig a hole in the ground about 30 feet deep to find your club.
If you are a hitter, you take 10 steps toward the pin, then a 90 degree left turn and then take 10 steps, you would then look up into the trees and try to spot your club you just tossed up there about 30 feet up in the tree.
Very different intentions