OK, I finally got the Jim Hardy book on The Release and have had a quick read through it. On first reading, I must admit to having serious doubts about the robustness of the Hardy method as he seemed to defy many of the Essentials of Golf, as mandated in TGM. For example, there is no mention of the Flat Left Wrist. In fact, he seems to contradict that Essential in his RIT method which uses flexion of the right wrist in the throwing action. Surely that will result in a flat out club throwaway action. But it doesn't. I'm not sure how the mechanics of this works but from the brief trial of this method, it sure doesn't have any throwaway that I could detect.
The terms that Hardy uses are a rather confusing at first, the RIT (Right-Inward-Throw) and the LOP (Left-Outward-Pull) are not self explanatory. The Inward and Outward actions in those acronyms, refer to the opposite arm. That is, the Inward in RIT actually refers to the Left arm. Confused? So was I.
I have played one round where I was using the RIT for my mid and short irons and I must say that I was rather surprised at how accurate it was. It was relatively easy to use, although I wasn't employing much of the arm inward action that he prescribes. In TGM terms, that to me seems to be a form of Power Accumulator #3 action.
In fact, the whole RIT concept is really another form of PA#3. The difference being that in TGM, the action involves right forearm outward rotation, rather than the RIT right wrist flexion. The RIT action in fact mandates that the Right Forearm is static (no rotation) during the release phase of the swing.
Another contrast to TGM mechanics is the throwing action that Hardy says can begin at the very start of the down swing. I have found that the start of the down swing must still start with the shoulder rotation (PA#4), as in TGM. The Throw is simply an early release of Power Accumulator #1. The sequence of 4,1,2,3 still holds.
I must say that Hardy has written the first golf instruction book that I have read, to actually acknowledge the presence and function of centripetal forces. He has to be congratulated on having the courage to break new ground. Although he does acknowledge the presence of that force in the RIT, he omits it in his description of the LOP. In reality, centripetal force is present in every golf swing that uses a centric pivot action. If it wasn't there, the club would fly out into the bush.
Playing again this afternoon, I will have some more comments to make, after that.
Edited by Jack_Golfer, 27 December 2017 - 09:28 AM.