Will find some fun stuff for the weekend, but another cargo short and t-shirt video on Monday. Like I said earlier this week, it will be very informative and will help many of you by changing the perception to some and just plain simplifying things for others. All in all, there will something for everyone to help you understand and improve your golf swings, with less thought.
Steve Stricker on Tuesday…and I am fond of this one.
I will just call this the greatest release in the history of golf…and that is why I think release is the key factor DURING the swing. Jack said you can never release it too soon and he is right. Why is it great? It is the perfect combination of being a constant release from the top in sync with the turn of the upper and lower body, while maintaining the angle for maximum power. In other words, the optimum combination of length and accuracy.
As you will see in all of these swings in this video and any swing by Jack, his posture is very curved at address and his head very low. That is why the club goes inside when he turned his shoulders. He then changed the path of his swing to more upright and that is why his right elbow flew (to get the club in that high position so he could release the pants off it and get it back in front of him). IMO, if he didn’t change his path and let his elbow fly with that posture, he would have been fighting the club being stuck behind him and we never would have heard of Jack Nicklaus.
All in one motion he went from across the line at the top, to shallowing the shaft and making a massive turn and release to the ball. Releasing the club from that high hand position is not easy, but that is how young Jack created so much speed.
If I was teaching young Jack I would say one thing and one thing only. “Young man, if you straighten that spine out just a bit at address, you think you hit it far and shoot low now????”
Jack’s greatness was in being able to transition from a violent release of the hands to bomb driver as far as anyone is his day, into a supple, slow, loose armed motion to hit a wedge on the next shot with virtually the same swing…and being consistent and successful with both.
The best analogy I can give to this is like a great pitcher fooling the hitters because his 95 MPH fastball is the exact same motion as his 80 MPH change up. A very unique skill set that I don’t see in any player today. Tiger is the only one that is close, but he is not consistent with his release. When he is, that is when he runs away from the field. I admire this skill in Jack because I lacked it. I was not a crooked driver, nor a bad wedge player, but it was a rare day that I was very straight with the driver and deadly with the wedge. My release was horrible and as you know, it is what I am working on as we speak.