Golf Pro Sergio Garcia: Super Late Release Video
Now Sergio Garcia was often described as one of the guys who has the most educated and talented hands in the game of golf. And he kind of needs those educated and talented hands, because during his swing he puts himself into some pretty awkward positions, that need a lot of manipulation and a heck of a lot of timing to get the club squared up back to the golf ball.
So this is Garcia’s main move. Really from a good address position, he has a very, very wide, very aggressive, very long back swing. And then a massive lag and drop, and the club almost just falls out of the sky, puts a huge amount of wrist hinge into his down swing about half way down, holds and drags that lag, right the way down towards the golf ball. And at this position, you can barely belief he’s going to hit this golf ball, his body is well turned through, his hands are facing the ball, but the club head still quite a long way behind him. At the last minute, those hands release right out in front of his body. It’s almost like his body stops and his hands take over.
He does generate an awful lot of club head speed, but it does require a massive amount of timing and expertise to get this right. If we have a look at this from the other angle, we see how, take it to the top, massive drop and lag, the club is very laid off behind him here, he turns and at the last minute releases his hands through. If you watch Garcia swing in slow motion, you can barely believe he’s going to actually hit the golf ball. And again, not something I would encourage for the average club golfer. Yes, it’s a good way of generating an awful lot of power, but not very consistent, and again, unless you’ve been doing this for a fairly long time, trying to manipulate and deliberately create that amount of lag is very, very inconsistent and very difficult to do.
So we need some wrist hinge and some lag, but not to the extent of somebody like Garcia. When you take the golf club to the top, if you got 90 degree wrist hinge, there you can maintain the 90 degree wrist hinge to the ball, that would be okay. But to create more than 90 degrees at half way down and hold it as long as he does, would result in some pretty inconsistent shots. So it works for Garcia, but it doesn’t mean it’s something you should try and copy.