The main problem i have with Hardy is the fact he says you can hit as hard as you want from the top, it doesn't matter, yet he also says you have passive hands (and alligator arms whatever). Yet Hogan and Penick both said the hands are passive, the 'whip' is caused by the bottom half dragging the turning top half down and its the ROTATION of the forearms that create real speed. Hardy and CQ are nothing new imo, just the same old dressed in new clothes.
Dave I think you don't fully grasp the JH release and thus don't understand how "alligator arms" and "hit as hard as you want from the top" mesh together. Trust me I was confused too. The fact is both things do work together and the hands are passive (the arms are active).
In the Hardy swing there is no rotation of the arms to release the club and generate speed. There is a slight left arm rotation at the begining of the downswing but none in the last 3/4 of the downswing. The active and even violent throw of the arms while rotating provides the speed.
I know you know more about Hogan than I ever will but isn't an overly active and fast release of the club the source of Hogan's hook? Then his new swing he released the club at the top and kept the face square to his arc until contact?
Essentially this is the same theory that JH advocates although I know there are diffences in the two. But the theory of having the club square to the arc holds true for both, correct?
I know you've heard this a million times before; what Hogan said he was doing and what Hogan actually did are frequently different.