Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What Dwight can learn from Sergio
One can go overboard with golf-to-basketball analogies, but I’ve got one that will change Dwight Howard’s career.

A common flaw among dreadful golfers is the tendency to “hit from the top.” Also known as “casting,” as in casting a fishing line, a golfer who hits from the top breaks his wrists at the top of his backswing. In so doing, he loses power and accuracy while reducing his chances of making solid contact on a consistent basis. To make progress, he will have to learn to “retain the angle” late into the downswing — that is, keep his wrists cocked until they approach the hitting zone.

Sergio Garcia is renowned for retaining the angle, and he’s one of the best ball strikers in the world. (Putting, alas, is another story.)

A decidedly uncommon flaw among NBA players is the basketball equivalent of hitting from the top: a premature unhinging of.the flexed wrist of the shooting hand. Howard has it, and it’s been especially obvious (at least to me) this season and last.

(to be continued)

See here for a lengthy analysis:
What Dwight can learn from Tiger