I was going to do a video on the 4 Power Accumulators, but I lost my battery recharger to my camcorder. Instead, I'll do my best to explain them in this blog. We are now moving onto Power Accumulator #2, but I'm actually going to do Power Accumulators 2-4. I only did one post for PA #1 because that included a section on Extensor Action and since Extensor Action is important to understand if you want to fully grasp TGM, I couldn't fit PA's 1-4 and Extensor Action into one post.
For starters, Brian Manzella made a great video a few months ago explaining the Power Accumulators and that video can be found here. Plus, there is the part 10 of Peter Croker's TGM Downloads, which I highly recommend for any golfer interested in fully grasping TGM.
POWER ACCUMULATOR #2
Whereas the #1 Power Accumulator is considered 'muscle power' because it uses the muscles to fold and thrust the right arm, the #2 Power Accumulator is called 'velocity power.'
The #2 Power Accumulator is simply the vertical cocking and uncocking of the left wrist. I went over the positions of the left wrist...level, cocked and uncocked in a past post. Those pictures in that post showing the cocking and uncocking motion of the left wrist is the #2 Power Accumulator. Homer referred to that as the 'velocity accumulator' because of the 'shortness of travel time.' Indeed, the cocking and uncocking of the left wrist is very short.
Whereas I mentioned that the #1 Power Accumulator is like the motion of a boxer throwing a punch, the #2 Power Accumulator is like a person hammering a nail. So there is not a wide range of motion with this #2 Power Accumulator. It can also be like a 'karate chop' motion. If you were to have a camera pointing at you from the Face On view, at the top of the swing the back of the left hand should be facing the camera and stay facing the camera for most of the way down until impact. When I use a 'swinging procedure', I feel like I'm karate chopping that left hand into the ball. Or you could say I'm using that #2 Power Accumulator into the ball. Don't worry, the face will square at impact and then close hard into a horizontal hinge. That's centrifigul force at work. And if you want to use this 'karate chop' move, feel like you are trying to karate chop the ball right into the ground.
Maximum Power (PA #2)
obtained by maximum CONTROLLABLE hand speed and/or using a sharp breaking delivery path and max. trigger delay (I'll get into sharp breaking delivery path later on)
Max. Trigger Delay (PA #2)
Achieved by using an Automatic Snap Release (think Ben Hogan) or a Flip Release (not flipping, but think Ernie Els)
POWER ACCUMULATOR #3
This is a turning of the left wrist which is far different from the cocking and uncocking motion. Let's take a look at this swing sequence.
At the address position, the back of the left hand is facing the target. At the top of the swing the back of the left hand is facing the camera. Then at impact it's facing the target and then at the follow thru it's facing opposite of the camera. That's turning the left wrist. Uncocking is a hammering motion. Turning is a 'swivel' action. That's also the #3 Power Accumulator. Turn the left wrist back and the turn it thru.
You'll hear a lot of TGM'ers talk about 'throw out' motion and 'sending the clubhead into orbit.' That's part of the swinger procedure. The best way I can describe it is a feeling like you are either throwing the hands out towards the target or throwing the clubhead off the shaft out towards the target. Horizontal Hinging will create this feel. Angled Hinging doesn't have that throwout action.
The Flying Wedges I've gone over before in this video.
Maximum Power (PA #3)
For swingers, standard wrist action with a snap release and maximum width (aka maximum radius). For hitters, they have the wrists cocked, but not turned on the backswing because they use angled hinging.
Max. Trigger Delay (PA #3)
Swingers need to use a snap release. Hitters use a right arm throw.
POWER ACCUMULATOR #4
As explained before, #4 PA is a left arm motion. At address the left arm and then a line from the shoulders creates a 90 degree angle. At the top of the swing that angle reduces to about 45*, then at impact it is back to 90*
Homer called this 'radius power' because the left arm represents the radius of the geometry of the circle.
Maximum Power (PA #4)
Achieved by 'blasting the arm off the chest.' The shoulders turn on the downswing right against the 'left side connection.'
Max. Trigger Delay (PA #4)
Using a 'snap loading' ACTION. Very different from a 'snap release.' Snap loading is delaying the wrist cock in the backswing. Almost a bit like Nicklaus or Sergio Garcia. Then follow that snap loading with a snap release. Sergio is probably a perfect example of a guy who gets Max. Trigger Delay with the #4 Power Accumulator.
SEQUENCE OF POWER ACCUMULATORS
There is a sequence of the power accumulators. Homer believed that only the 'hitter' could potentially use all 4 power accumulators. The swinger could only use 3 power accumulators as Homer Kelley believed that the swinger should never use the #1 power accumulator.
So, for the hitter that does use all 4 power accumulators, that sequence goes 4-1-2-3. For the swinger that uses 3 power accumulators, the sequence goes 4-2-3. Now if a hitter only uses 3 power accumulators and does not use the #4 PA, then their sequence should be 1-2-3.
It's very important to note this sequence because more often than not, golfers get out of sequence. One of the issues I had when I used a swinger procedure was I was out of sequence going 4-3-2. So the left wrist was turning before it was uncocking on the downswing. Now that I use a 'hitter' procedure, I can pretty much use the #1 power accumulator (right arm punch motion) and that naturally uncocks the left wrist (#2 PA) and helps send my left hand into a swivel (#3 PA).