"The left hand must be held back at the moment of impact, in order to enable the right hand to do its fair share of the work. I lay great stress on this keeping back of the left hand ; the right hand must hit if we are to get any length at all ; and if the left hand is not held back the right hand has no resistance to work against." Charles Clarke

The left wrist is acting as a hinge; it turns AFTER impact Henry Cotton 1952
What is timing? At the moment of impact

"It is true -and always has been - that a golfer is as good as his hands. Make your left hand square the club face on its own. Then you learn how to add the right hand so that it does not stop the left doing the necessary movement to bring the club face square. I am teaching the left hand to hit the ball back-handed, not to push it. I have demonstrated my swing where I hit past my chin as usual." Henry Cotton

The hands in a way really work in opposition to each other

"It is all very well to say 'sweep the ball away'. But no golf ball was ever sent a long way without some sort of resistance creeping into the swing. The left hand does less guiding in most swings than it should. It is the first link between the shaft and the body, and its main function is to form the swing, and yet at the right moment it resists the hit of the powerful right hand." Henry Cotton

It is not correct to sweep the whole lot through


Download : "In other words, there was in his swing a sort of left hand against the right, a resistance to the right hand somewhere and I think people overlooked that, and still do." By Sir Henry Cotton Open Champion 1934 1937 1948 Harry Vardon Trophy 1938

Download : "The left hand must bear back against the right." By the Dunns of Musselburgh, Scotland 1922 1930 1934

Download : "Transmission of power" By the Dunns of Musselburgh, Scotland

Download : "P. S. I am not wrong, you know!" By Henry Cotton

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"Opposed power is related in all manner of ways to the correct playing of games. The quick way to par golf is thoroughly to master the principle of opposed power. Timing must be allied to opposed power." George Duncan

The hands are the main driving force DUNNS of Musselburgh 1897 So As To Allow of The Snap of the Wrists Alex Smith 1907

"The majority of players who fail in transmission of power do so because their left hand fails to act as a fulcrum for the right hand to strike against. The left hand must bear back against the right. This back pressure of the left hand must be exerted at the moment of impact." Seymour Dunn