Friday, March 2, 2007
The ReleaseThe word “release” sometimes causes confusion among high-handicappers. They know they have to release the club, but they’re not sure how or when to do it. Here’s the skinny: A proper release happens naturally when the golfer allows the clubface to square through impact as a result of the proper path and clubhead speed. It’s not a position that you can just put yourself into at impact—you have to arrive at it via the proper sequence.
I’m sure you’ve all experienced the ecstasy of hitting a good shot that sailed through the air and felt completely effortless. In those instances, you executed a proper release, allowing the momentum of the club to work its magic instead of trying to manipulate it.
Ideally, you want to square the clubface through impact by rotating your right forearm (if you’re right-handed) over the left one.
The result is a flat left wrist and a square clubface at the moment of contact. After impact, your arms should extend fully as your lower body rotates to the left while the club remains on the target line. Because your arms pass your body through the impact zone, your head should remain behind the ball. If you wear a glove, your glove hand should be underneath your right hand. Once again, this isn’t a position that you just put yourself into; you have to let it happen automatically.
High-handicappers, on the other hand, try to hold the clubface square through impact, not allowing the release, so they end up with the glove hand on top of the right hand. This combination causes a slew of mis-hits, including high, weak shots to the right. Some high-handicappers, in an attempt to square the clubface at impact, end up flipping the right hand underneath the left one. The result is a breakdown in the left wrist, which keeps the clubface open. The swing looks forced and jerky instead of smooth and flowing.
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