The simple concept to achieve the highest club head speed you are capable of.

A good golf swing is a series of two opposing forces working together to create natural movements, more club head speed and solid strikes.

Generally speaking, the faster your body rotates, the slower the club rotates.

Again, generally speaking, if you are holding off the release, or “holding the lag” with your hands, your body must rotate slower or stall at some point in order for the club face to catch up and avoid the block. This often results in the infamous flip snap hook.

All of this will indirectly slow club head speed.

Now, if you are releasing the club from the top and doing it as much as possible (the correct and natural way the body will work)…then your body turn must speed up to slow the rotation of the club down. If your arms are extending throughout the downswing, your forearms and club face rotate naturally. The rotation of the body prevents that from happening too soon.

These are opposing forces that result in a square club face to the path and greater club speed. In other words, if you are releasing the club as hard as possible (not casting), you will be able to swing harder and generate more club speed while being under control, in balance and having greater accuracy.

It sounds complicated and difficult to time, but that is the way the body works naturally if you allow it.

I have a friend right now I hit a lot of balls with. He is a really good player and will be playing D1 college golf next year. He is a solid player, but not a very long hitter. Once I explained this concept to him, he has gained a club and about 20 yards on his driver.

IMO, he is on his way to being a really good player.

The simple point…once you learn a proper, on plane, natural release, you will be able to speed up the turning of your body…AND HIT THE BALL AS FAR AS YOU ARE PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF.

To belabor the point, this is not a forced action. This is allowing the natural movements of the body to take place. More about this on Thursday. I realize Bubba can have forced action in his swing at times, but watch this.

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  1. S.

    Here’s something to ponder:

    Does the windup of the shoulders, arms, and hands twist/turn the torso…or, is the torso action the base from which arm/shoulder action originates?

    It may not matter because feel-isn’t-real, and results are the only thing that count. It doesn’t matter if someone thinks they’re doing the wrong thing (but aren’t), as long as they are really doing the right thing.

    On the backswing, it could probably go either way. But, on the downswing, I don’t think so. Even funky backswings turn into good downswings, among top players.

    If someone can look at Bubba and tell me that arm action is driving his swing…well, they’re seeing something that I’m not.

    All good players have their body already open at impact…yet the arms are just arriving there. So, there’s something about how good players move their bodies, and if we (and they) knew what it was, it would be a good thing.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      What I am saying today is it’s both working together to create maximum speed.

      If you just wave your arms at it…we know that’s not good.

      If your lower body and torso are moving fast and your arms are too passive, they get stuck behind and the body has to slow down to for the arms to catch up.

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      • Michael

        “If your lower body and torso are moving fast and your arms are too passive, they get stuck behind and the body has to slow down to for the arms to catch up.”

        That one. If I try and be passive with the arms, they flop around like a rag doll being whipped back and forth. Yeah that creates more speed, but what good does it do if the contact is inconsistent and I have no idea if I’m going to hit a block or a 40 yard hook with an iron?

        Although, that 170 yard 9 iron was pretty cool. Too bad I wanted it to go at least 145, but shorter than 150 where the flag was.

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  2. s.

    I can sure agree with that: “If your lower body and torso are moving fast and your arms are too passive, they get stuck behind and the body has to slow down to catch up.”

    It’s gotta be “in sync.”

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  3. Falcondriver

    Monte, I am in agreement with most everything you believe on the swing. I think one of my biggest “hang ups” with improving, is piecing it all together. I know that the swing isn’t a 12 step process, but I would be interested to see a video that kind of walks through the swing from start to finish. I’m a very visual learner, so the videos are great. But, is there some way you could kind of put it all together beginning to end? If my setup is good, then what starts the swing? Do you try to max out shoulder rotation(max stretch) or just let it happen? Do you feel a major weight shift to the instep of the right foot or do you stay more centered over the ball? When the shoulders stop turning at the top, the club stops right then. Well, what is the first “move” to initiate the DS? Do you pull with the left side, bump the left hip or knee towards the target, etc? Are the arms/hands pretty active(releasing) from the beginning or do they just come along for the ride? I know it’s not possible to really swing in this manner, dissecting it piece by piece, but I know that I would improve drastically if someone could walk me through the swing start to finish. Am I way off base here? I’m not a beginner and a low single HCP, but I’ve definitely lost my way ever since I started working on “mechanics” and building a “better” swing. Could really use a Cliffs notes on the swing to review time to time so that I get the fundamentals dead on. Thoughts?

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      • James

        That will be interesting to read/watch. I’ve been following the blog for over a year now, and took some lessons. For me, basically it’s just about getting set up correctly and implementing the concepts from the ‘plane and release’ drill. Simple as that. Everything else just sort of falls into place.

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  4. Bob34

    Monte, One of the things you liked about my swing from my lesson was my release. For me, I don’t feel like I’m actively using my shoulder joints, arms, & hands but I don’t feel like I’m holding them back either. I’m not trying to hold the lag, go from wide to narrow or any of that. The effort comes from my legs, hips and torso rotating all together at the same time. As long as my shoulder joints (rotator cuffs) arms, and hands just stay relaxed, they seem to do what they’re supposed to. BUT, I have a long torso & short arms, maybe people with longer arms do have to feel like there is some effort coming from the arms…?

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