If the swing maintains the left arm as the radius; prevents the right wrist, elbow and shoulder from getting into awkward positions from which an over-the-top downswing cannot be avoided; and uses the powerhouse of the hips and glutes to accelerate past impact, maximum power can be obtained. When a correct backswing movement is made, the hips lead the downswing, the right elbow drops closer to the body, and the wrists lag, thus adding the smaller amount of hand power to the swing too.
Traditional thinking in the golf swing has led people to increasingly believe that a powerful ‘coil’ or ‘turn’ during the backswing will produce greater power. At the same time it is said that maximum power is supplied by the biggest muscles of the body - the hips and trunk.
These 2 concepts, are, unfortunately, a contradiction in terms. If the body winds up like a spring, it must then unwind during the downswing, engaging a completely different of muscles to do so. At the same time, this rotary movement must allow the arms, and with them the club, to drop down towards the ground, to connect with the ball. Now the human brain is clever enough to ‘unwind’ the ‘wound’ body parts, but it is surely not capable of stopping the unwind at the right time to initiate the arms’ drop-down. It wants to keep unwinding, resulting in the famous over-the-top downswing, and thus no power from the lower-body’s big muscles!
Also consider this. Meaningful, targetward, acceleration begins at about hip-high in the downswing. So, even with the biggest ‘coil’ in the world, by the time acceleration begins, the shoulders and hips have both unwound to a great extent anyway.
The moral of the story? A ‘coil’ gets the swing into more of a coil than it needs to be in!
The Minimalist Golf Swing simply pre-sets shoulder position and body mass (just behind the ball) and then all that needs to be done is to raise the left arm up and drop it down for impact, allowing it to be the radius of the golfswing from address to impact!