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.