Re: Resistance, Jack
> I've heard some individuals opine that, by keeping the front toe closed as long as possible, you gain back leg torque resistance.
> Their position is, by building up resistance, one also acquires power through rotational forces. In the beginning, the rotating back leg tries to overcome the resistance of the front leg, until, finally, the rotating back leg/hip acquires enough force to overcome inertia, generating great rotating energy for the swing.
> This is done in two ways: 1) turning the back hip/knee/foot together, or 2) angling the back leg down and in.
> ANYWAY, THEY CONTEND KEEPING THE FRONT FOOT CLOSED IS DE RIGEUR TO AMASSING THIS GREAT ROTATIONAL ENERGY.
> Therefore, why do you recommend your leadside mechanic when it will elimate this force from the swing. Won't squashing the bug on the front foot diminish power?
> I would appreciate if you could comment on this issue, because I am a bit fuzzy on it myself. Perhaps the resistance is inertia, and is a lack of rotational power, yet I am still unsure, for some really seem to overcome it at the end, and gain maximum torque at the end? I am a bit confused?
> Any comments to clear this issue?
> Any will be welcome. I am open to suggestions.
I believe Jack is correct. I see no point in the 'resistance' concept. If you actually catch your weight with a closed front foot, you will be less able to control your forward weight and more likely to close off your hip turn.
The real issue is keeping the shoulders from opening until the hips have turned and begun the transfer mechanics that turn the shoulders. Many feel that opening the front foot will open the front shoulder. This does happen in a one-piece body turn, but not in a proper swing.
You could argue, as I do, that opening the front foot early helps turn the hips BEFORE the shoulders - a desirable outcome.
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