Wednesday, May 26, 2010
It's All About Impact Book Review
I finally picked up Andrew Rice's book 'It's All About Impact' and read it today. It only took about an hour to read as it's only 122 pages and I purchased it via the e-book for $15.95.
Rice is a former Leadbetter protege and played golf at University of Central Florida (which is about 2 miles from where I live now, beautiful campus). Rice also credits Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, founders of the Stack and Tilt golf swing, for giving him the idea of creating his book (he admits to have never meeting either Bennett or Plummer).
I was a bit skeptical coming into the book as my dealings with Leadbetter's teaching and teaching of his disciples has usually been disappointing as far as information goes. Plus, I understand D-Plane pretty well and compression pretty well. But I figured I could possibly learn some new things or some insights about impact. Furthermore, if the book is everything I've ever read before but provides information in simple, but a detailed manner...it could be a good book for my blog readers to pick up
One of the major problems I have with pop instructors like the ones that tend to come out of the Leadbetter camp is that they usually focus on the backswing and the backswing plane, which can make the swing look pretty, but still result in poor ballstriking.
Unfortunately, my premonitions were accurate as despite talking about 'it's all about impact', he goes quite a bit into the backswing. One of the things Rce talks about is somethng he calls the '84 degree secret' which is a line he draws at the top of the swing from the right foot. Rice claims that almost all of the great ballstrikers are either on the 84* line or within a degree of it. My problem is that it's drawn off a camera angle and camera angles can deceive. Don't get me wrong, I'm a believer in getting video camera, but using stringent lines to follow off a camera can cause some major problems.
Rice does believe in a backswing very similar to the Stack & Tilt with a steep shoulder turn on the backswing. He also claims that every good ballstriker at P3 (when the left arm is parallel to the ground in the backswing) has the right arm higher than the left arm when looking from the face on view. I've actually got a swing sequence of Trevino and Corey Pavin showing a different story.
Rice also claims that the golfer should hit down with EVERY club in the bag and points to Trackman's measurement that the average PGA Tour pro hits -1.3* down wit the driver. However, that's the average and somebody like Bubba Watson hits about 9* upward with the driver.
I'm more of a believer that one can hit up with the driver and be very accurate. In fact, the average attack angle with the driver on the LPGA is +3*, and there are many LPGA golfers who do hit it very accurately off the tee. Furthermore, it's really a trade off between distance and accuracy.
And that's kind of the issue I have with the book. Most of his conclusions are not quite true and Rice doesn't even get into the effect that clubface angle, attack angle and clubhead path have on the ball.
The good part is he does talk about compression and hitting the ball first and it's really underrated as to the amount of golfers who have no idea that you hit the ball first and then take a divot. But other than that, I didn't find a lot of use out of this book and I don't think the blog readers will either and they would be better off sticking with Bennett and Plummer's 'The Stack and Tilt Golf Swing' book if they want to understand impact better.