In order to effect a smooth transition from the backswing into the downswing the hand-action, never hurried, must be slowed down still more in the final stages of the backswing. The hands and the club head are going to be put into reverse and the operation must be done as smoothly as a skilled driver reverses his car.
The necessary slowing down of the action can be achieved only by feeling the build-up of power in the hands, wrists and left forearm. This feeling, in fact, helps to give you that almost imperceptible pause at the top of the backswing as the hands begin to change direction. There will be no tendency to snatch once you master this.
The downswing starts with a slow downward drive of the hands and left arm across the body and the lateral shift of the lower part of the body with the club-shaft of taylormade rocketbladez irons retained behind the hands. This most important lateral shift enables the good player to retain the power in the hands which he began to feel as he approached the top of the swing. And it gives the hands room in which to do their work in the delivery, that part of the action which is going to apply the club-face squarely and with sustained power to the back of the ball.
The club head is released into the delivery when the hands have descended to a point almost level with the ball, at which point the taylormade rocketbladez irons head is still lagging, POINTING TO EIGHT O'CLOCK, maybe even higher but certainly not lower.
There he is with three balls lined up to be struck from the same spot with, say, his seven iron to the green. With his inconsistent delivery the landing area for these three balls is liable to be extensive. He is likely to pitch one on the back of the green with rocketbladez irons, one on the front, and the third probably short. This takes no account of any deviation from the line which may occur.
Work and train yourself to give the hands time and room to bring the rocketbladez irons into the eight o'clock position from which you will be poised to make a carpet-beater action at and through the ball. Now do you see why the shaped swing must be harnessed to a shaped delivery? Let me repeat that the way to train your hands to give you this eight o'clock position is to give them time. Wait for it before you let the power pour into the back of the ball.