I don't want to get in the middle of David and Scott's argument, but
there's been an interesting part of this thread for me (and no, I'm not
taking sides, and in point of fact I'm not sure all the time what they
are talking about).
Anyway, I took my first lessons this summer after 25 years of golfing
(some might say ABOUT TIME:), and my instructor told me that the proper
swing resulted from a toe-up, toe-up clubface rotation during the
swing. That is to say, that as the club passes parallel to the ground
on the backswing, the toe of the club points up to the sky, and as it
passes parallel on the follow-through, it also points up to the sky.
Doing this correctly means that the clubface is square at point of
impact--the holy grail for some of us.
I used to understand the toe-up, toe-up clubhead movement to be a result
of rolling my wrists on the takeaway and follow-through. In other
words, if you were at address and DIDN'T swing, you could roll your
wrists to the right and left--this is what I thought I should be doing
during the swing to achieve toe-up, toe-up. Big Mistake.
Suffice to say that I have seen the light, at least as it appears to
me. What radically changed my understanding of the swing was listening
to Randy talk about staying connected, power coming from the torso not
the hands, and finally, with this thread, the conclusion (validating
what I had already surmised) that the toe-up, toe-up comes from the
torso turning, not the wrists turning.
When I swing correctly, I'm not thinking about the wrists at all. The
wrists*** at the top of the backswing, and uncock naturally without my
thinking about it. It results in a swing with more power and less
likelihood to leave the clubface open at impact.
Anyway, even in a long discussion of who's right and who's wrong, you
can learn something.