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So now we look at what we talk about as releasing the golf club, releasing the golf club into the ball. And it’s really releasing the power, releasing the club head at the ball to generate maximum club head speed so you can generate maximum distance. And this is a big problem I see with a lot of golfers, particularly if they leak the ball out to the right hand side, scoop it high up into the air, or they don’t generate the distance that they would like to generate because they don’t release.

So, a bad release looks like this. We get the angle through the shaft and the forearm here and then we don’t do anything with it. And we finish in this position: left handle still on top for the right-handed golfer, club face would be slightly open, maybe even a bit of bend in the left arm in this position. And this is quite an awkward position. It doesn’t look particularly powerful so it doesn’t feel particularly powerful.

A different position of a good release would be having the same angle on this side but then releasing that angle to this position on this side. So I’ve let my left wrist go down, now my right wrist comes over the top. Let’s just see that again. Good position coming down into the ball and releasing it over as opposed to same downswing but bad impact position. So, we want to get that releasing of the golf club going over this way. A lot of people will get this right as a practice swing, but then actually when they hit a ball, we get this bad habit. One really good tip here would be actually video your golf swing. Freeze frame what you look like through the ball and see whether you’re guilty of releasing the golf club incorrectly or whether you’re doing it correctly.

A great tip to help you get the feeling for doing this right is what I would term as a split grip or split-handed grip. So, you put your left hand, for a right-handed golfer, in the normal position. The right hand would go down about where your shaft stick is on the grip, so take your grip down here. Now make a few little practice swings: left arm going straight on the way back, left arm going straight on the way through. Now, because your right hand have to travel much further than your left hand but it has to travel it in the same time, your right hand goes quicker than your left. So, your right hand must swing faster from here through to here. So your right hand is accelerating over the top of your left.

And once you can do a few split grips there, you get the feeling for the right movement. Then, slide your right hand up a little bit, maybe do half a dozen of this level so your right hand is just on the base of the grip and, again, faster with the right hand, really working the rotational motion, certainly avoiding this. I’m trying to get my left arm nicely out and straight and letting my right hand rotate over and then bring your hand up again and a couple more of that level, then bring your hand right up to its normal position and still feel like your right hand wants to dominate through the ball and extend through impact.

Then if you can actually try chipping a few shots away or hitting a few normal shots, just pitch it forwards and look where your left and right arm finish at chest height. And you can see my extension through the golf ball here and my rotation is quite solid. Let me just hit a bad one for you so you can see what the bad position might look and feel like.