back with a big arc where you move your arms as far away
as possible before turning the club up?
it seems to wind the body up tight as a tick and is hard to do
without good flexibility, i notice players like Woods really
strecth the club away before the wrist cock starts.
Dante in his book says he dosn't understand what the big arc
is about because on the downswing you want as small an
arc as posible, so why the big arc in the backswing-
To the reader he says "you tell us".
A lot of teachers say take the club back with a big arc so
what is your take on this?
Can one hit the ball farther with this big arc?
I never want to think or try to do anything where my arms are acting independently of my torso. I set my lead arm on my pec, and I turn back as far as I can without swaying or losing the brace of the trail leg.
Classic long hitter instruction talks about width and such, but you don't have to have a big backswing in order to hit the ball a ton ( Allen Doyle ). In fact most ams won't hit the ball farther or better with a bigger backswing - more time for things to go wrong, hard to sequence everything with a bigger arc.
If you have a swing that has proper tempo, is sequenced well, and hits the absolutes, then a bigger arc may help you hit it farther, but the main distance factors are the same things that make for a good swing period. If you make a good turn back that builds torque, execute the Vital/Master move, keep the dog's hind leg, maintain trail wrist bend through impact - you will hit the ball far. Maybe not far enough to compete in the long drive, but far enough to be hitting lotsa "flip wedges" for approaches on most public courses!
Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!